Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo

These festive chicken cakes topped with cilantro garlic mayonnaise will wow family and friends. But, you don’t have to tell anyone just how easy they were to make!

Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo
The holidays tend to sneak up on me each year. After Thanksgiving, it’s a whirlwind of shopping, decorating and parties. Meanwhile, school activities continue. Dinner often suffers and I scramble when I need to bring a potluck dish to a party. Luckily, I have a trick up my sleeve that helps tremendously at the holidays and all throughout the year…Gourmet Garden herbs and spices. 🙂

Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

I’ll show you just how easy it is to use these refrigerated herbs and spices in my festive Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo. In my mind, cakes = fun and these can also be made appetizer-sized too. They’re perfect holiday fare.

Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo Step-by-Step

You can skip right down to the recipe or read on for my tips and tricks (and of course, a little of my commentary too!)

1. Shred enough chicken to fill 3 cups. Leftover chicken? Use it! Rotisserie chicken will work too. Otherwise, poach 2 chicken breasts. Set the shredded chicken aside.

2. In a separate bowl mix together 1 egg, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup red onion, 1 Tablespoon Garden Gourmet basil and 1 teaspoon Garden Gourmet chunky garlic.

Okay. In case you skimmed over that last part, I added basil and garlic to the bowl and I didn’t have to chop a thing. I’m not out of luck because my basil plant isn’t in bloom and I didn’t even have to search for my garlic press or wash it. Just squeeze and done!

Chicken Cake Mixture

3. Add the shredded chicken to the bowl and mix. Keep stirring until it’s well-combined and the ingredients start to stick together. At first, it might seem like this is not going to happen…it will. Just keep stirring. And, if you absolutely feel like it just isn’t sticky enough add a tad more mayonnaise.

Chicken Cakes

4. Make patties by compressing about 1/4 cup of the mixture. You will end up with 12 patties. Or, form the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls for 48 appetizer-sized cakes.

Make ahead tip: You can stop right here and freeze these. Yep. Go right ahead and place a cover on the pan, put it in the freezer and go about your business. When you are ready to cook the chicken cakes, remove them to the refrigerator and allow them to defrost overnight. You might want to re-compress them, but that’s about it.

5. To cook the chicken cakes, heat a tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken cakes to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool.

Cilantro Garlic Mayonnaise

I was absolutely giddy spicing up some mayo for these chicken cakes using an assortment of Garden Gourmet herbs and spices. I settled on cilantro and garlic, because…well, as you may know, I have a bit of love affair with cilantro. Mix together 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1 Tablespoon of Garden Gourmet cilantro and 1 teaspoon of Garden Gourmet garlic.

By the way, if you have any leftover, slather it on a sandwich!

Cilantro Garlic Mayonnaise

I have a bit of a brown thumb, but I love fresh herbs, which is why I’m in heaven right now. You’ll find Gourmet Garden products in the refrigerated area of the fresh produce section near the fresh herbs. They are used just like fresh herbs in a one-to-one ratio, but can be used in place of dried too, typically in a 2 to 1 ratio. For example, 2 Tablespoons Gourmet Garden ginger equals 1 tablespoon dried ginger.

Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayonnaise
Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Festive chicken cakes topped with cilantro garlic mayo are a crowd pleaser and especially convenient for entertaining. Make ahead and freeze for a special treat any time. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 417 kcal
Chicken Cakes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Basil paste
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic paste
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • cup red onion finely diced
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
Cilantro Garlic Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Cilantro paste
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Garlic paste
Chicken Cakes
  1. Combine egg, mayonnaise, basil paste and garlic paste in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in breadcrumbs and red onion.
  3. Add shredded chicken and stir until well-combined. The ingredients should stick together.
  4. Form patties by compressing about ¼ cup of the chicken mixture.
  5. Heat olive oil over medium high heat.
  6. Working in batches, place about 4 patties in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until browned.
  7. Remove chicken cakes to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and serve with Cilantro Garlic Mayo.

Cilantro Garlic Mayo
  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
Recipe Notes

To poach boneless, skinless chicken breasts, place 3-4 chicken breasts in a pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. After the chicken cools, shred it with a fork or dice it. Chicken cakes can also be made appetizer-sized by forming into small 1 Tablespoon patties.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 1023mg 43%
Potassium 329mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 11.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Chicken Cakes Recipe with Garlic Mayo is healthy and ready in under 30 minutes. Use leftover chicken and top with a a garlic mayonnaise.

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Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayonnaise





  1. I’ve never thought of chicken cakes. What a brilliant idea! I hope it works with turkey too.

  2. This idea is brilliant! I love crab cakes and never thought to mix it up and try chicken. I bet that Cilantro Garlic Mayo is the bomb!

  3. Your chicken cakes look spectacular! And that cilantro garlic mayo would be excellent topping SO many dishes 🙂

  4. I have never seen chicken like this! What a great idea and just a beautiful little cake!! I love it!! I have to try this!

  5. I have never had chicken cakes, always fish, but heck why not!! These look fantastic, great idea!!

  6. Okay, these look SO good that I almost can’t stand it. I’m starving, and would give just about anything to have one or two of these in front of me right now. They’re going on the menu for this week. I just love the chicken/cilantro/garlic combo.

  7. Oh my goodness, Marjory, these chicken cakes are gorgeous!

  8. LOVE these! Why have I never had chicken cakes! And that mayo sounds FAB!!!

  9. These look delicious! Great way to use cooked chicken!

  10. I love everything about this recipe, right down to the cilantro mayo!

  11. Oh, I love these!! what a great idea in place of crab meat! I’m going to try this with rotisserie chicken shredded up! yummm!!

  12. these sound delicious but what can I replace the mayo with? mayo makes me really sick to my stomach. would greek yogurt work? thanks!

  13. So neat! My hubs would probably throw one or two of these on a bun, and they’d be gone before you could blink!

  14. Chicken cakes, who would have thought. Great for those who don’t like crab. You really have my wheels turning now.

  15. Oh I love your recipe! The mayo with the garlic in the cakes sound delicious and so does your cilantro mayo dip! Cannot wait to try 🙂

  16. What a GREAT party bite, Marjory! And you can freeze them in advance? So smart!

  17. Love this. These would be a hit a any potluck.

  18. Chicken cakes is not something I would normally think of but yours look delicious and so does that cilantro garlic mayo!

  19. I can’t imagine why anyone would skip over your tips and tricks…I love them!!

    If I do not have Gourmet Garden herbs handy, should I substitute fresh herbs?

  20. My dinner making always seems to suffer this time of year as well. I totally forget about dinner in between all the wrapping and decorating and cookie baking (we eat a lot of cookies for dinner this time of year!) Happy to have another quick option I can throw together on a weeknight!

  21. I am definitely making this. We belong to a chicken CSA and we get a chicken every week. Roast chicken is going to get old awfully fast. But I can roast it and shred it and probably use it for two meals if I make this one. The cilantro garlic mayo sold me! Can’t wait to try it it! Pinning right now, and stumbling too!

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