My daughter brought over a case of canned organic chicken, the kind you might find at Costco. Not being one to waste food, but also realizing I rarely buy canned meats, I started exploring various things to do with canned chicken. This was one of the creations that happened to be a big hit with my family.
Not only is it easy to make, it is also very tasty. The leftovers, if there are any, heat up nicely. The patties can be eaten as-is or on a bun.
You can use leftover chicken if you have it, or canned chicken. The red bell pepper gives these patties a festive appearance along with diced poblano. Use any onion you have on hand, our favorite for these fiesta patties vidalia onions.
The egg and black bean work as a binder holding everything together.
Beans are actually very good for you, and are one of the many reasons I don't stick to a strict Ketogenic diet. While I do limit my carbohydrate intake, I find that the good outweighs the bad when it comes to beans. Although, if you are concerned about the carbs, use organic black soybeans instead.
Half a cup of black soybeans affords only eight grams of carbs, 11 grams of protein, seven grams of fiber, and six grams of fat. So the net carb count would be 1 gram; not bad!
You can use dried beans (black beans or black soybeans) if you prefer them over canned beans.
Preparing Dried Black Beans
You can make these patties with dried black beans instead of canned if you prefer. I often use dried beans. Soak the beans with a tablespoon of baking soda before cooking to make them softer and to reduce some of the phytic acid in the beans.
Sometimes I use my instant pot to prepare beans in a hurry. I always keep a good supply of dried beans as well as canned in my pantry.
We love to whip up fresh chipotle mayo, and it's so easy, why not? You can use homemade mayonnaise or storebought. We love Sir Kensingtons and others made with avocado oil, but I often make it at home as well. Keep a few cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce just for this mayo! It is super simple to make but the taste will wow your family!
Cajun Black Bean and Chicken Fiesta Patties with Chipotle Mayo
- 2 chicken, canned drained well
- 1 black beans rinsed and drained well
- 1 large egg
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 poblano pepper diced
- 1 tbsp blackening, Cajun, Creole, or taco seasoning *see note
- tbsp glucomannan or flour optional
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- Make sure your ingredients are drained well before mixing together so as not to end up with a mixture that is too wet to form patties.
- Gently mix all the ingredients except flour or glucomannan in a bowl.
- Shape into patties (if you'll put this on buns, shape to the size of the buns you're using)
- Optional: coat the outside in either flour or glucomannan to crisp up the outside a bit and prevent sticking or falling apart.
- In a skillet add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan, heat to medium-high (about a 6 on a 10 point range)
- Add patties, cook until browned, flip, brown second side, then set aside on a plate for assembly or eat as is.
- In a mini food processor, blend mayo and chipotle pepper till smooth.