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Chicken Burgers with Bacon, Leeks, & Gouda

These hearty chicken sandwiches aren’t for the faint of heart. Boneless chicken thighs, smoky bacon, rich Gouda cheese, and aromatic leeks make for a big bite burger! Rachel Cooks created this recipe from an ingredient list submitted by Jodi T., who won a grand prize in the Just Bare Chicken +5 Ingredient Challenge.

Servings 3
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 5 to 8 (20 ounces) Just Bare Hand-Trimmed Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, cut in half
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 3 (3 to 4 ounces) large ciabatta buns, split in half
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gouda cheese (or 3 1-ounce slices)
  • Additional Dijon mustard, if desired

Nutrition Facts

Servings 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories 785 Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Trans Fat 1g 70%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 60g
Calcium 43%Iron 40%
Vitamin C 15%Vitamin A 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Arrange chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper; brush with 2 tablespoons mustard. Bake about 30 minutes or until no longer pink in center (165°F on an instant read thermometer).
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy and browned. Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon fat.
  3. Trim the tough green tops from the leeks and slice them in half lengthwise. Rinse well to remove any sand or grit. Thinly slice crosswise. Heat 1 tablespoon of reserved bacon fat in large skillet; sauté leeks over medium-high heat about 10 minutes or until tender. Place in a small bowl.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon fat in skillet over medium heat. Toast buns, cut-side down, until golden brown.
  5. To assemble sandwiches, spread toasted buns with mustard. Arrange chicken on bottom halves of toasted buns. Sprinkle with cheese*, then top with bacon and leeks.


Just Bare® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Chicken Breasts Tenders may be substituted for Just Bare® Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.

Nutritional values may change if you choose to substitute another chicken product. If substituting frozen chicken for this recipe, thaw before cooking.


*Place sandwiches under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese if desired, before topping with bacon and leeks.