Satay, very popular street food in Asia, is cubes of beef, pork, chicken, and seafood marinated in a spiced sauce, and then skewered on bamboo sticks, cooked over charcoals, and served with a peanut sauce.
The first time I tried Chicken Satay was on my trip to Malaysia last year, and I have to say I fell in love with the flavor combinations of exotic spices and the spicy peanut sauce this delicious barbecue was served with. I had to recreate this recipe in my kitchen, of course, adding my own touch.
Easy to make, this flavorful recipe will be a hit at any party, on a camping trip, or at dinner on a week night. Make this dish milder or hotter by adjusting the amount of chili and sambal (red chili sauce) to your liking.
Prep: 20 min Inactive: 2 hrs Grill: 8 min Total: 2 hrs 28 min
2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp ginger, minced
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon or lime
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp red chili flakes, freshly ground
stainless steel or bamboo skewers
Spicy Peanut Sauce:
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp sambal sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the chicken satay but the chicken.
Place the chicken pieces into a large bowl and pour over the marinade. Mix well, cover, and place into the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
To prepare the sauce, place all the ingredients into a blender or a medium bowl and blend or whisk until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add more water to achieve desired consistency. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Remove the chicken from the fridge.
If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes.
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, or turn on your oven’s broiler. Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers.
Lightly oil the grill grates. Grill or broil the chicken until cooked through for about 4 minutes per side.
Serve with the spicy peanut sauce.