Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Serves 4


8 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread, toasted

2 additional slices French bread (crust removed), diced

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

4 Tbsp. minced fresh basil, divided, plus 12 large basil leaves

3/4 cup marinara sauce, chilled

12 ounces ground chicken (white meat)

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 Tbsp. grated onion

1/4 tsp. salt

4 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

4 large radicchio leaves

Method of Preparation:

1. Blend diced bread and Parmesan in processor to fine crumbs. Transfer to pie dish; mix in 2 tablespoons minced basil.

2. Mix marinara and 2 tablespoons basil in small saucepan. Transfer 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce to a bowl and add chicken, 1/2 tablespoon oil, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle with pepper; blend. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties; coat with crumbs. Heat remaining sauce over low heat and keep warm.

3. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties until bottoms are crusty, about 4 minutes. Turn patties over; top with cheese. Cook 3 minutes. Cover; cook until the burgers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and cheese is melted, about 1 minute.

4. Assemble burgers with bread, radicchio, basil leaves, and warm marinara.