Lean chicken patties, made with sweet and black beans and seasoned with southwestern spices #healthy #dinner #glutenfree
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Skinny Southwestern Chicken Patties

Lean ground chicken patties, made with sweet corn and black beans and seasoned with an aromatic blend of southwestern spices. Paired with a side salad, these are a naturally gluten-free and low-calorie dinner or light lunch.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken burger, chicken patties recipe, clean eating, healthy chicken patties, high protein recipes, Southwestern cuisine
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 patties
Calories 114 kcal


  • 1 lb extra lean ground chicken 450 g
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1/3 cup zucchini finely grated (about 1 small zucchini)
  • 1/3 cup sweet corn kernels drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • guacamole to serve (optional)


  1. In a bowl, add chicken, egg, zucchini, sweet corn, black beans and spices (except salt). Mix until well combined, with a fork or your hands.
  2. Use your wet hands to form 2 to 2.5 inch wide patties (you'll get about 7). The mixture will be quite runny but the patties hold together very well when cooking, no worries!
  3. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over high heat. When hot, add about 4 or 5 patties, making sure you don't overcrowd the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Flip patties and cook for another 5 minutes. You want to cook them gently, so they are brown on the outside and cooked all the way through inside. 

  4. Repeat with remaining patties, adding olive oil if needed. Serve them warm with guacamole if using (not included in the nutrition facts).

Recipe Notes

You can use extra lean beef instead of chicken, it's delicious too! I'm pretty sure it would also work with ground turkey but I haven't tried that variation.

Nutrition Facts
Skinny Southwestern Chicken Patties
Amount Per Serving (2 patties)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Potassium 361mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.