Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Chicken Satay. Now close your eyes and repeat after me. Saa-taay… While you are saying it, just imagine hot, juicy, succulent, flavorful barbecued chicken on bamboo skewers drizzled with peanut sauce. Close your eyes and say it again. Saa-taay…
Did I just catch you drooling?
If you have never had satay before, satay is an amazingly flavorful barbecued dish that is generally of Southeast Asian origin. It is prepared with many different ingredients such as chicken, beef, shrimp, lamb, fish, pork, goat and even tofu. One of my favorite ways to prepare satay is with chicken. I like to use bits of boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinated for several hours in coconut milk, Indonesian soy sauce and a variety of spices. I then thread the chicken on to the skewers and cook them on the barbecue.
I like to serve my Chicken Satay with my homemade peanut sauce or drizzled with sweet chili sauce or sriracha. I also serve it with a scoops of fluffy jasmine rice and fresh sliced cool cucumbers for garnish. I also make sure that there’s plenty of sambal oelek on the side for those who love fiery hot food. Makes 10 -12 skewers. Enjoy! Tessa
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1″ cubes or strips
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp Indonesian soy sauce
- 1 – 2 tsp minced garlic
- pinch of red pepper flakes or sambal oelek (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
In a medium sized bowl whisk together all the ingredients except for the chicken. Once the marinade has been blended, add the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Take 10 -12 bamboo skewers and soak completely in water while the chicken is marinating. Soaking the skewers in water prevents the skewers from burning off while the satay cooks on the barbecue.
Thread chicken onto the skewers and cook on medium hot barbecue or grill pan until the juices run clear or the chicken reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss any remaining marinade. Do not brush it on the chicken while cooking and do not even think about reusing it. Pay attention and turn your skewers occasionally for even cooking. Be sure not to over cook or under cook the satay. Makes 10 -12 skewers.