Breakfast of Champions: Fuelling to Win!

Hello, champions! Emily Mardell here, your sports & family dietitian, and I’m thrilled to share a special recipe that’s not only delicious but also a powerhouse of nutrition. Recently, I had the pleasure of joining CTV Morning Live to showcase a recipe that’s perfect for fueling your day, especially if you’re an Edmonton Oilers fan gearing up for the playoffs. 

Fuelling Up to Cheer on the Oilers with the CTV Morning Live Crew!

Blueliner’s Maple Chicken Patties!

Let’s dive into a breakfast recipe that’s set to become a household favorite: the “Blueliner Maple Chicken Patties” most often levelled-up into breakfast sandwiches! This recipeis part of my Power Plays on the Plate ebook made in collaboration with my friends and partners Jason Strudwick and Alberta Chicken Producers, featuring a collection of recipes designed to give you the edge, just like our Oilers on the ice.

Blueliner’s Maple-Chicken Patties

With serious skills on both the savoury and the sweet side of breakfast, these protein-packed chicken patties are the two-way player everyone needs on their breakfast roster.


  • 1 lb. extra lean ground chicken 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1⁄2 cup blueberries (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp oil

Optional Extras: (if making sandwiches)

  • 8 English muffins
  • 8 slices marble cheddar
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 pieces of butter lettuce


  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground chicken and all ingredients except blueberries and oil. 2.When mixture is well combined, gently fold in blueberries, if adding.
  2. Using clean, damp hands form mixture into
    patties, using about 1/3 cup per patty. 4.Preheat a non-stick pan to med-high. Add oil.
  3. Cook patties about 5 minutes per side, until fully cooked.
  4. Enjoy to-go on a toasted English muffin with cheese and veggies OR with roasted potatoes and fruit on the side.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Dietitian Tip:

  • Double batch and freeze cooked patties for a quick reheat-and-go option on busy mornings.

This recipe not only tastes great but also provides the protein and nutrients you need to start your day strong.

The Power of Protein

During my segment on CTV Morning Live, we talked about the importance of protein in your everyday eating, especially for athletes and active individuals. Here are some key points we discussed, along with why extra lean fresh Canadian chicken is one of my top suggestions. Check out a little BTS video on my IG @GetJoyfull and watch the full CTV segment here!

  1. Muscle Repair and Growth: Protein is essential for repairing and building muscles, which is crucial after an intense workout or game.
  2. Energy Boost: It helps maintain energy levels throughout the day, preventing those mid-day slumps.
  3. Satiety: Protein keeps you feeling full longer, which can help with maintaining a healthy weight and growth pattern.
  4. Immune Support: Adequate protein intake supports a healthy immune system, keeping you in top shape all season long.

Did You Know? “Complete proteins, like Chicken is a good source of heme iron, which is more readily absorbed by the body compared to plant-based iron sources. This is vital for maintaining healthy blood cells and energy levels.” – Emily

Celebrate the Oilers’ Playoff Run with Protein Power!

As we cheer on the Edmonton Oilers in their playoff run, let’s also celebrate with nutritious meals that fuel our bodies and minds. The Blueliner Maple Chicken Breakfast Sandwich is a fantastic way to start your day with a winning combination of flavors and nutrients.

Ready to add more winning recipes to your playbook? Download the Power Plays on the Plate ebook for free, here! It’s packed with delicious, protein-rich recipes that will keep you and your family energized and ready to take on the day.

Thank you for being part of this exciting journey. Remember, every great play starts with the right fuel. Go Oilers!



Emily Mardell is a Registered Dietitian, busy mama of three and proud Alberta foodie. Emily is passionate about quality ingredients and creating delicious, nourishing recipes that bring families together. Follow her on social media @GetJoyfull or for nutrition advice and tips to grow food joy and fill up on family time.

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Alberta Chicken Producers. Special thanks to ACP for their ongoing support to Food Banks Alberta and community food security during the holidays and beyond. From this Dietitian Mama, and local food banks province-wide, thank you farmers!

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