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Mala Spice Chicken Burgers

These Spicy Mala Chicken Burgers are a fun and delicious way to amp up chicken burgers with some heat. Crunchy, fried chicken is flavoured with a mixture of spices and doused with Sichuan chili oil for additional kick.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 493kcal
Author Michelle


For the chicken:

  • 2 chicken breast butterflied
  • 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoon Mala spice mix divided
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • frying oil use a high smoke-point oil such as canola, peanut, grapeseed

For assembling:


Prepare the chicken:

  • Place the chicken in a large bowl.
  • Add in the soy sauce, salt, Mala spice mix, and sesame oil.
  • Marinate the chicken in the seasoning.
  • Cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours or longer.
  • Heat a pot of oil over medium-high heat. (Use a high smoke-point oil, such as peanut, grapeseed or canola).
  • Add flour and corn starch to a shallow bowl and mix.
  • Take the chicken out of the marinade, and coat with flour mixture.
  • Coat chicken completely and then tap off excess.
  • Add the chicken to the hot oil and fry one at a time, about 5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F/74°C.
  • Remove chicken from the frying oil and drain on paper towel.
  • Season the fried chicken with additional mala spice mix.


  • Slice a hamburger bun and spread 1 tablespoon of sesame kewpie sauce.
  • Add lettuce and the fried chicken to the bun.
  • Drizzle Sichuan chili oil over the fried chicken.
  • Replace the top half of the bun and enjoy!


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4mg