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Pairs well with:

Pinot Grigio

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2 pounds ground chicken
¼ cup grated white onion
3 cloves minced garlic
½ cup chopped cilantro leaves
¼ cup sliced scallions
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
¼ cup Colavita Olive Oil

Pad Thai Sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons fish sauce
¼ cup hot water
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon chili sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Remaining Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup bok choy or other Chinese cabbage, shredded
½ cup carrots, cut into matchstick pieces
18 medium shrimp, tails removed, cleaned and deveined
1 cup mung bean sprouts
½ cup roasted salted peanuts
½ cup scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil for brushing on grill rack
6 good quality rolls, split



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

To make the patties, combine the ground chicken, grated onion, garlic, cilantro, scallions, salt, pepper and Chinese five spice powder in a large bowl, handling as little as possible. Shape into 6 patties and drizzle with olive oil. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and fish sauce. Heat a small, heavy nonstick fire-proof saucepan on the grill. Add water and tamarind paste to pan and stir, cooking until dissolved. Add vinegar, chili sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch mixture. Stir constantly until slightly thickened. Set aside.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, 6 minutes on each side. Place burgers on a platter and cover with foil to keep warm.

Place a medium, heavy nonstick fire-proof wok or skillet on the grill. Add olive oil, garlic, bok choy and carrots to wok and stir fry for one minute. Add shrimp to wok and stir fry until pink, about two to three minutes. Pour pad Thai sauce over vegetables and add bean sprouts, peanuts, scallions, and cilantro. Toss to combine.

Place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast for about one minute.

To assemble the burgers, place the roll bottoms on a serving platter and top with burger patties. Spoon over equal portions of the pad Thai vegetables and three shrimp per burger. Add the bun tops and serve.