Chicken Pumpkin Curry Sliders

I need to speak my mind right now. Right here and now. I hate dressing rooms. And I hate trying on clothes. It’s stupid. Nothing fits perfectly anymore. I remember when I was younger and thinner and had a flat butt…everything fit then. But now I have a donk and my thighs rumble with every step. This means clothes do not fit like a glove, they fit like foil fits around a baked potato. Not that pretty, but still does the job. That’s how I felt while shopping today. I usually can find shirts to fit for the most part…ok let’s be realistic, I mean sports bras, that’s all I usually wear on a daily basis. But pants….AH HELL NO. I went to Lululemon today and let me tell you, their sh*t is cute. But it’s STUPID expensive. It’s great quality and I understand you have to pay for great sewing and quilting and whatever else you do to make clothes, but come on. I literally ALWAYS smell and I’m going to spend $108 on a pair of spandex pants that will just enhance that smell? Yes, yes I will. And I did. Ugh. But anyways, while trying on these skin tight ass-dimple showing pants, I was lucky enough to get a 360 view of my naked body…in terrible lighting. Stupid. If I were the owner of Lululemon and had men and women throwing away their grocery money on clothes that make you look stylish while moving at a quick pace (aka-exercising), I would be hella sure that the lighting was fantastic. Mood lighting. The soft kind. That hides every crevice and dimple on the body and makes every person feel like they should be a centerfold in Playboy because of how fantastic their butt looks in a pair of spandex. But that’s just me and my genius mind at work. I still bought the clothes even though my ass looked huge. So I guess my ideas are meaningless. Fail.

So I have literally no idea how I came up with this recipe. I had ground chicken, I had just bought canned pumpkin, and I really like curry sooooo it actually makes a lot of sense. Why not mash them all together to make combination of excellence? Done and done. But a bit of a forewarning, this is a bit messy to make. They don’t stick together as nicely as regular burgers do. But they’re not regular burgers. They’re sliders. Mini burgers. And they more flare to them, aka curry. So when you try to make patties, seriously don’t even try to make these things look like real patties. They look more like meringues or macaroons, a bit spiky. Like a chia pet, except not at all. Just don’t be anal people.


Paleo Chicken Pumpkin Curry Sliders


  • 1.5 lbs ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 23 tablespoons curry powder (I used A LOT so you don’t need to go crazy if curry isn’t your totes fav thing)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 tablespoons your choice of fat


  1. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Heat up a decent sized skillet under medium-high heat and add a bit of fat to the pan to coat.
  3. Use a large spoon to scoop up a ball of the pumpkiny meat and slightly shape with your hands. No need to be anal, you’ll be smashing them later anyways.
  4. Add your dolloped spoonfuls of pumpkiny meat to the skillet to cook.
  5. Once the bottom end of the dollop has seared on the bottom and a bit brown, use a spatula to flip it and smoosh it down a bit to make a flatter patty.
  6. Cover and let cook for about 3 minutes.
  7. Eat however you’d like. I ate with veggies. It was ridiculous delish.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


45 thoughts on “Chicken Pumpkin Curry Sliders”

  1. I hate to state the obvious, but a shower a day goes a long way to the smelling issue…..which would probably work into the 'being single' issue…..Just saying.

    The foil around a potato reference was pretty funny. I might use that one in the future…

  2. The only thing I can say to this is, God bless Lulu Lemon! I may not shop there, but everyday I thank the good Lord it exists.

  3. So I just want to say that I never read blogs…until I found yours. Now I check it everyday. And I started crossfitting a few months ago and have always been so hard on myself and eating super clean and not drinking (the not drinking part hasn't worked if you were wondering). Reading about your experiences makes me realize you can be a human being and still be bad ass at crossfit which you obviously are! Just wanted to share my appreciation for your blog. Keep it up, you're hilarious.

    And I agree, Lululemon puts me in debt, but I buy it because it makes me feel pretty.

  4. Rebecca, I will count my leftover broccoli tomorrow and update you!
    Steve, what's a shower?
    Damon, you love your butt in lulus don't you?

  5. Becca
    Thank you so so much for checking out my blog! You have no idea how much I appreciate your comment. I always felt the same about paleo when I started and read different blogs, now I don't give a crap. I'm not anal and i'm not going to act like I don't crave a cookie and ice cream sometimes. I'm human, and my mom raised me on peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches….i'm bound to crave bad things.

  6. I agree with Becca! I went Paleo a few months ago and find your blog so refreshing and hilarious. You really put things into perspective and make Paleo do-able with these kickass recipes. I live in Boston, but am friends with Abby Perlmutter and she told me about your blog and I love it. Keep it up!

    Also, a Paleo girlfriend and I started our own blog last month, and I posted a rant about Lululemon you might enjoy..

  7. Emily
    Thanks so much for the blog, I'm going to check it out right now!! And thank you so so much for checking out my blog AND commenting. It means a lot to me! Hope you enjoy the recipes and stories! Can't wait to read yours!

  8. Chrissy Brown Photography

    "they fit like foil fits around a baked potato."

    HAHAHAH!!!! I know exactly how you feel.

    The sliders look awesome- I'm trying them as soon as I get some ground chicken!

  9. I had no almond flour left so had to substitute coconut flour. These were especially delicious! This recipe page has been bookmarked, thanks for this one.

  10. Holy smokes. You managed to sum up in one blog my exact sentiments about lululemon…right down to the ass dimple highlights. (Also, my donk just gave your donk a shout out ‘heeeeeeey’) I think you might be my twin separated at birth. Just sayin. Rock on! You’re great.

  11. Yum! Mine came out a tad dry so I whipped up a sauce made from a couple of spoonfuls of pumpkin thinned with a bit of water, a tbs of butter and a splash of maple syrup – if you don’t mind the extra calories I highly recommend it!

  12. As I said on twitter (tidbits_of_tara) I freaking love you (and again don’t take that personal). I think you by far have one of the best paleo sites out there. Thank you for talking to us like we’re sitting in a dark corner of some small bar, sharing a beer together!

    With really great nosh!

  13. So I finally made these after staring at the recipe on your website for over two months… and holy crap. That curry/pumpkin ground chicken sensation just about made my weekend.

  14. Juli, I’ve been reading your blog the past few weeks (I have your AMAZING pumpkin granola in the oven for the fourth time right now), and I just want to thank you for all of the great recipes along with the doses of humor! I was laughing so hard when I read this post, I have always thought the same thing about the lighting in their must be universal since I’m in Chicago…and yet I still bought the pants recently, hoping they look better in real life(they do don’t they??). Anyhow, today was my first day back in the box after a few week break and it feels amazing, and Im sure I’ll be cooking a lot of your recipes in my quest to follow a paleo diet, so thanks again 🙂

  15. Eating these right now. Added chopped cashews and some spring onion, because I had them and they go with chicken. They’re mfing delicious. I’m going to eat a third one right…now!

  16. Made these last night, but with turkey instead of chicken. They are great, they received my boyfriends approval and I have leftovers. All three things add up to a success.

  17. Just finished making these with both chicken and pork, leaving out the garlic and onion…score! I used fresh pumpkin this time too, and they were fantastic. Think I’ll make a little coconut dipping sauce somehow to go with them, but they’re plenty moist without.

  18. Is this with yellow curry paste? I added two eggs to the recipe and it helps the chicken stick together like a real burger then. I also added more minced onion and garlic. Delicious.

  19. My only complaint about this recipe is that I kept nibbling at the ones that were done while i was cooking the rest. I was damn near full by the time they were all done. Shit was delicious. Goin’ in the book!

  20. I recently found your site and I’ve made a few recipes and loved them all. This one in particular is a family favorite!

  21. Hated this. 🙁 waste of my evening. Sorry to be so harsh, but I really don’t think this works. I’ve made chicken burgers before, and they often stick together better than beef. I am perplexed as to why there was so much (expensive) almond meal. It only makes these crumbly and dry. They also burned easier. Medium-high was too high. Right now my kitchen is full of smoke.

  22. Julie wow oh wow i LOVED this!!!!!!!!!!! yummmmmmmmmmm also boyfriend approved and he thinks he doesn’t like pumpkin but he loved these – i didn’t tell him about the pumpkin until after but wow. you are amazing!!!!

  23. Love this concept! I just made these with ground venison in lieu of chicken. I also added some chopped cilantro and green onion. I can’t believe how amazing the flavors are. Thank you!!

  24. I made these with the flour and the were delicious, but very dry. Made them again tonight and totally omitted the flour. SO much better! Moist, full of flavor, perfect! I would recommend omitting if you are thinking of making these!

  25. Juli if you’re looking for jeans that fit a butt and thighs, try Hudson jeans (if you haven’t already). The Collin fit is my favorite! I found them at Nordstrom rack a few weeks ago and they fit like a glove. I usually can’t find jeans to save my life and when I found these I felt like I struck gold!

  26. I had the same experience at Lulu, lol. I don’t know how they sell anything with those mirrors and lighting! I was like OMG, and here I was thinking all those lumpy parts were getting smaller, Guess NOT! I bought pants anyway…

    Wish I saw this recipe yesterday. i had some ground turkey and pumpkin puree and wasn’t sure what to do with it. I’m gonna go get me some ground chicken and try it out! Love me some curry.

  27. Well Lady, you are honest and very funny. This looks like a great one to try. I enjoyed you take on clothes shopping. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Okay Juli…. this is the last one on my wishlist for this month!! damn, you just have so many beautiful looking recipes on this site, it’s hard for me to not want to just give up on the rest of my life, and spend my days cooking and eating…. mmmm

    Thanks for sharing these with the world!!


  29. Me and my hunnie made these last night. OMG so good! Next time we will add some chopped raisins to the meat for a little sweet kick. This time, we topped with chopped mango.

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