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WATCH: Celebrate National Grilling Month with Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties

Turn up the heat this month and top your summer salad with Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties from Chez Us. Your patio party just got better. 

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July is National Grilling Month, and I have been firing up our indoor grill as well as the outside one often all month long.  One of our favorite recipes has been this one for Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties using The Blend method.  Inspired by the flavors of South East Asia cuisine, it is packed with flavor and it is light and healthy.  Perfect for summer time meals or any season meals.

I am always looking for ways to make our meals healthier, and one way I approach this is by using The Blend method by replacing half of the meat in a recipe with chopped mushrooms.  Added flavor, vitamins and nutrients, as well mushrooms make every recipe extra moist and juicy.  I feel better knowing I made one of my recipes healthier with the addition of mushrooms.  When I serve a recipe using The Blend method to friends and family, they are always so surprised that half of the “meat” is mushrooms.  Great for picky eaters too.

To make serving these patties fun as well as leaner on my waistline, I serve them wrapped in lettuce leaves along with carrots, cucumber, and more cilantro. I prefer to make ribbons out of the carrots but feel free to grate or thinly slice. The cucumbers are sliced very thin, with the seeds left in.

The dressing is a drizzle of nuoc cham, which is a traditional Thai sauce usually served with spring rolls, and equally as good with this recipe. My version is more tart and a little spicy, perfect companion with the grilled mushroom chicken patties.

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties


  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2/3 cup panko
  • 1/8 cup cilantro, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 egg
  • sprinkle salt and pepper
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, grated or cut into ribbons


  • 1/8 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 large garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small red chili, thinly sliced
  • butter or red leaf lettuce


  • In a processor or chopper, chop the mushrooms finely.
  • Place the mushrooms, ground chicken, yellow onion, garlic, bread crumbs, cilantro, Sriracha, egg and salt and pepper together in a bowl.  Mix well.
  • Form the mixture into small patties – will make 12.
  • Preheat a stove-top grill pan or an outdoor grill.  Lightly coat the grate with a little olive oil.
  • Place the patties onto the hot grill and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes.  The meat will lift up on its own when it is ready to turn over.
  • Flip and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes until cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill.
  • To serve, place a lettuce leaf onto a plate, top with some cucumber, carrots, cilantro and a mushroom chicken patty.
  • Drizzle with some dressing.
  • Serve.
  • Dressing – I make this earlier in the day and place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar, place on the lid and shake to combine.

Get Out the Grill!

Get out the grill: mushrooms are bringing the heat!

Get out the grill & top with mushrooms!

July is National Grilling Month, and what better way to celebrate than by putting our favorite fungi over the flame? Lighten up the quintessential summertime burger by blending in mushrooms, or add some pizazz to the party with a mushroom-grilled pizza. Whatever you do, bring the sizzle to your backyard barbeque with mushrooms!

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Chef Dan Long’s Blended Burger
This healthful take on the classic summer burger will be a hit at any grill out.

Grilled Rosemary Mushroom Skewers
Substitute a rosemary sprig for a traditional skewer as a fun twist during summer parties.

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kebobs
Tender, juicy and bursting with flavor, blended beef-mushroom kefta kebobs are perfectly char-grilled on an open fire.

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Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Flatbreads
Pile your pizza high with crimini mushrooms and fresh arugula – then grill to perfection!

Mushroom Spinach Sausage Patties
Simple, healthy and delicious mushroom sausage patties are Paleo- and Whole30-friendly!

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Marinated Grilled Mushrooms
Served simple or gourmet, grilled mushrooms are a simple (and yummy) addition to summer dishes.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations


Throwing a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo? Don’t forget mushrooms! Mushrooms are delicious in Mexican food—pairing perfectly with chiles, fish, meat, cheese and all kinds of vegetables.

Whether you’re a vegetarian or serious meat eater, you’ll enjoy mushrooms’ meaty texture and earthy flavor served up in a variety of traditional—and not so traditional—Mexican dishes. Take a look through our recipe roundup to spice up your festivities!

Meat - Mushroom Potato and Chorizo Tacos Meatless - Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Tacos Meat - Beefy Burritos Meatless - Mushroom Breakfast Burritos Meat - Taco Salad Meatless - Taco Stuffed Baked Potato Meat - Chicken and Mushroom Enchiladas Verdes Meatless - Pepper Burrito “Bowls”

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

Looking for the perfect appetizer to serve your friends and family this holiday season? Add a Pinch’s Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels are not only quick to prepare they are sure to please!

These mushroom pinwheels are so easy to make and are so delicious! Made of puff pastry, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and cheese, these pinwheels are always a favorite as an appetizer or for a light lunch or snack!

To make these pinwheels, sauté mushrooms, onion, and garlic in a little olive oil and then spread onto thawed puff pastry. Then, top with shredded cheeses, salt and pepper, slice, and bake until golden brown.

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

1 roll puff pastry, thawed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8-ounce) package sliced Portobello mushrooms
½ medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Drizzle olive oil into a 12-inch skillet. Saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic until mushrooms are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Unroll puff pastry and spread with mushroom mixture. Top with cheeses and salt and pepper. Roll and slice into ½-inch slices. Place onto rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand about 3 minutes. Serve warm.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a round of melty brie cheese smothered in fragrant mushrooms! Paula from Bell’alimento shows us how to pull together this crowd favorite.

If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast (or any holiday party for that matter) look no further. This savory baked brie topped with crispy mushrooms served over toasted baguette slices is just what you’re looking for. It’s unexpected and amazing. Even better? It’s super simple to pull together.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Portabellas by Bellalimento

You’ll want to be sure to take the brie out of the refrigerator and set it on the counter about 30 minutes BEFORE you’re ready to bake it. Then you’ll simply saute sliced portabella mushrooms with a mixture of butter, onions, garlic and herbs until they’re brown and crispy. Nothing bad about that combo right?

All that’s left is to pop the brie into the oven and bake it until it begins to soften enough so that once you top it with it’s brown tiara of crispy mushrooms it will ooze out onto the platter when you cut into it. You can even toast the baguette at the same time you’re baking the brie! Happy Entertaining!

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 clove garlic – minced
6 ounces sliced portabella mushrooms
kosher salt/pepper
1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
8 ounces brie
toasted baguette – sliced

NOTE: Take brie out of refrigerator and place on counter approximately 30 minutes PRIOR to baking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into a small saute pan heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for approximately 1 minute. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Stir and cook until mushrooms begin to brown (crisp). Take off of heat.

Place brie onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until warmed through and softened.

To serve: Place brie onto serving platter. Top with mushrooms and serve with toasted baguette slices.