Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chicken Satay

When we have a BBQ or a crowd at our home, I am always looking for something that I can prepare in the morning and just POP on the grill.  I like this recipe for Chicken Satay for this very reason...it's easy and I can make it in the morning. It leaves me with plenty of time before our friends arrive to set the table, work on minor side dishes and get ready! Sometimes I spend the day cooking and forget that I need to look good too. LOL

Marinading the chicken for the day makes the chicken so tender .  It really just melts in your mouth.  I also make the peanut sauce in the morning.  I think the flavors have a chance to blend when given the opportunity to sit.

Brown rice and veggies are what we serve.  I love my rice cooker.  Again, it's something that I can add the ingredients and walk away.  It does it's own thing with out me having to keep track of it.  I love that!

Skewers always add so much to any meal. They look great on the table and the kids love eating their food right off of a stick.  Who does not love food on a stick?

Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce

1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp curry powder
2 T crunchy or smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
crushed dried chile peppers, to taste

Peanut Sauce:
3/4 cup crunchy or smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 T. soy sauce (I used Tamarin, it's gf)
2 T. molasses
1 tsp. fresh ginger root, grated
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
cayenne pepper
grated lime zest
fresh cilantro

6 chicken breast halves, boned, skinned and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips

To make the marinade, combine the first 7 ingredients in a large ziplock bag.

Add your chicken.  Let marinade in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.

One hour before grilling, soak your bamboo skewer in water.  I used a foil pan (the same one that I used to put the skewered chicken in).

Thread the chicken strips onto a bamboo skewer in a serpentine fashion. 

I make sure to spray the grill with Pam (or oil) and add skewers.  They do not take long to cook.  Watch them closely.

Cook the skewered chicken, turning several times and basting with the marinade, until crispy on the outside but still moist on the inside, about 8 minutes.

Make the peanut sauce by combining the next 7 ingredients (peanut butter through garlic) in a saucepan.

Season to taste with cayenne pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is as thick as heavy cream (about 15 minutes).

Transfer to a food processor or blender and purée briefly. Add chicken broth and cream and blend until smooth.

This mixture can be made several hours ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving. Prepare moderate-hot BBQ grill or broiler.

Sprinkle grilled chicken with lime zest and garnish with cilantro leaves.

Serve with the peanut sauce for dipping.

Written by Sherron Watson


  1. Everything looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

    I also wanted to pop over to tell you that I gave you a bloggie award today. You can find it at the bottom of this post: http://lifewithmel.com/cookingwithmel/2011/7/26/buttermilk-oven-baked-chicken-waffles-with-an-award-on-the-s.html

    Talk to you soon!! xoxo

  2. These look great. I have to tell you I love using boneless thighs on skewers like this. I know they are fattier but they are hard a little more forgiving. My grill management skills are not always great LOL

  3. Thank you Mel. I will go grab it!

    The culinary lens, I will try the thighs. We are a family that loves our dark meat and I bet the flavor would be awesome! Thanks for the kind words too.

  4. Looks amazing Sherron! Will be trying it soon!

  5. That would make my tummy scream YUMMYYY :) We were planning a grill party this weekend and I am going to try this.

  6. This recipe looks so simple and perfect for guests! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Thanks everyone for commenting on this recipe. I know that my family loves it and I hope that your friends and family will too! Happy Grilling!


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