I like the flavor of chorizo but I'm not thrilled with its ingredients. Most commercial chorizo is very low quality food and quite unhealthy. It's made with parts of the pig most people don't want to talk about, very high in calories and saturated fat, usually has a variety of chemicals I feel have no place in food, often has red food coloring.
Since I've been eating much healthier I don't eat chorizo anymore, but I do miss it. So I decided to make a chorizo substitute.
Recipe: Lean Chicken Chorizo
Summary: Low fat healthy chicken chorizo
- 1 pound ground chicken (I used 99% Lean Smart Chicken)
- 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon sharp paprika
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
- Mix it all up throughly or use a food processor to combine it.
- Split into 8 equal sized patties and fry for 4 minutes on a side in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. You'll want to use a small amount of oil in the skillet so that the patties don't stick. I just spritzed my skillet with some spray oil.
* These taste a lot like chorizo to me. Be warned that they're very dry as there is so little fat in them. But they serve well as a chorizo replacement inside an omelet or quesadilla, and you're not in doubt about what you're eating.* Nutritionally you're looking at one two ounce patty providing 65 calories, .5 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, .5 grabs of carbohydrates and about 255 mg of sodium.
Cooking time (duration): 30
Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: Spanish
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[nutr-label servings='8' servingsize='2oz' calories='65' totalfat='.5' satfat='0' carbohydrates='.5' cholesterol='9' protein='13' sodium='255']