Chicken Adobo with Strawberry Salsa

Pairs well with:

Chenin Blanc

This wine is bursting with crisp, refreshing fruit flavors like apple, pear, and melon, making you want to swing your legs off a dock at sunset.


Avocado Strawberry Salsa:
1 1 /2 cups strawberry’s- 1/4 inch dice
3/4 cup cucumber-peeled and seeded, 1/4 inch dice
1/3 cup green onions-finely sliced
1/4 cup cilantro-coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

2 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1 cup yellow onion
1 1/2 tablespoons adobo seasoning
3 cloves garlic-finely chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 poppy seeded rolls, split
6 slices pepper jack cheese
3 cloves garlic-finely chopped
4 tablespoons salted butter
Baby spinach leaves



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium high.

To make salsa, combine strawberry’s, cucumber, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper and olive oil in a bowl and mix well. Cover and set aside to allow flavors to blend.

To make patties, in a large bowl, combine the onion, adobo seasoning, garlic, and black pepper, stir all together, until well combined. Add ground chicken, handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, just until the juices run clear when the patties are pierced in the center, about 5 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, combine garlic and butter in a small metal saucepan and place on BBQ grill to heat up during last 5 minutes of cooking. During last few minutes of cooking, place the buns cut side down, on the outer edge of the rack to toast lightly. During the last minute of cooking, place 1 slice of the cheese on each patty to melt.

To assemble burgers, spread melted butter and garlic equally over the cut sides of the buns. On each roll bottom, decoratively fan 10 spinach leaves on the bottom half of each roll, a patty, and equal portions of the strawberry salsa. Add the bun tops and serve.

Makes 6 burgers