What are your weirdest food combinations? Do you love dipping your Macdonalds fries into one of their chocolate milkshakes? Can’t get enough of cheese on apple pie? Have you had any strange cravings while pregnant such as the apparently common pickles and ice cream? Or do you long to eat ice cream drizzled with olive oil? Well, today, I decided to try out a different kind of weird food combo that’s been knocking around for about a year or so. Probably longer! As ever, it’s old news by now but, hey, I take a while to process things. And, as life would have it, I’ve not ‘got round’ to trying it until now. The idea of combining glazed doughnuts with fried chicken as a burger. I wouldn’t say it’s the weirdest I’ve ever heard of as it has that pretty tried and tested sweet and savoury combo. But I guess it was unheard of before someone came up with it sometime last year. KFC were doing it in selected areas in America for example around September last year.
I was craving doughnuts as today is Friday, which means treat day! So off I toddled to my Sainsbury’s local after the morning school run to grab a 4 pack of their plain glazed doughnuts 🤤🤤🤤. I’ve been trying to curb my binging lately as I’ve been taking treat day too literally and eating every last bit of fat and sugar in my sight! Essentially cancelling out my good work of sticking to a calorie deficit all week! I started logging my calories on these days, of which I also allowed myself two of them a week! I previously was giving myself free reign on the treat days and not calorie counting at all. To my absolute horror, I discovered I was consuming around 3,500/4,000 calories for the day!! I think I even managed to do 5,000 at one point! 😱 But if you eat rubbish all day long it’s not hard to do! No wonder my weight loss had stalled over lockdown. We had a bit of a tough time, which is a complete other story. But, if you’ve read my previous posts about my emotional attachment to food, (read more here) I was in complete comfort eating mode as a coping mechanism. Now things are easing off and settling down again, I’m back on it!
So, I managed to just buy one pack of doughnuts and also snuck in a tub of Jude’s clotted cream ice cream. We’re running low on our Rossi vanilla so always good to have a back up! As soon as I saw the doughnuts, the burger combo suddenly came to mind and hit me like ‘BAM! That’s what I’ll have as my one treat today!’. Essentially, in terms of my diet, on my non calorie deficit days, I’m trying to keep my maximum calorie intake to my normal metabolic rate. Which is currently 2,400 for the weight I’m at. So this doughnut burger was certainly doable!
I managed to keep the calories down to 650 for the entire burger because I just used up a bit of generic breaded chicken from my freezer. Asda’s own brand of southern fried breaded chicken fillet. Which was 170 cals, 460 for the doughnuts and 18 for a half a tbsp of light mayo. Now if you want to go all out and make it truly calorific then I would suggest using Aldi’s buttermilk chicken thigh burger! At 324 cals it certainly bumps it up a little, bringing the total to 802. But they are sooo good! We’ve used these when recreating a KFC tower burger. Ketchup or salsa on the bottom, then the chicken thigh burger, processed cheese slice, hash brown, mayo and finally, shredded iceberg lettuce. Very very yummy! I would also recommend using Krispy Kremes for the doughnut bun as they are far superior in my opinion! The only place that sells them locally around my way is a Tesco superstore that’s a good 20 mins drive. It’s a bit of a faff so I don’t get them that often. But definitely worth the effort!
Assembling the burger
Pretty simple, I layered mine up with a layer of lettuce first as the thought of spreading mayo straight onto the sugary doughnut bun seemed rather wrong! So, lettuce, (I used half a leaf of Romaine but iceberg or little gem would work just as well), slap on your mayo, then your chicken and top with another glazed doughnut. The next bit is essential if you wanna fit this in your gob! Flatten it down by giving it a good squash with the flat of your hand! Then enjoy licking the sugary glaze off of said hand! Winner!
Oh em gee!! It was absolutely mother flippin’ amazing! It was a massive thumbs up from me, so if you enjoy sweet and savoury combos I would certainly recommend it. It’s a little bit like when Joey on Friends is asked to choose between Monica’s home made jam or the Xerox girl butt naked. And he says ‘now, put your hands together’! Why choose between doughnuts and crispy chicken when you can enjoy them together! Please do let me know in the comments your fave weird food combos, surprise me!
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