Meat on a Stick

Meat on a Stick

You just can’t go wrong with meat on a stick. Its not exactly the classiest thing to eat, but when made with a Thai flair, its delish! I’ve made a few different Chicken Satay recipes, but this is the combination of several, and I’m quite happy with the outcome.

I didn’t plan very well, and only had a little bit of fresh ginger left, so I put it all in the marinade. Although the sauce called for it, I was planning to skip it when I remembered I had some candied ginger left from Thanksgiving. So I added a chunk of it to the dipping sauce as it simmered… and it worked, you could taste the ginger! *Insert best Borat voice* Great Success! :)
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Chicken Satay Recipe

Marinade
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 lime, juiced
1/4 c unsweetened coconut milk

4 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
wooden skewers
1/2 lime

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Sauce
1/2 c peanut butter
1 1/2 c unsweetened coconut milk
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 lime, juiced
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 inch ginger, peeled and crushed
2 cloves garlic, crushed, but not chopped
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t want too spicy)
pepper
salt

1. Whisk all marinade ingredients in a large bowl and add the sliced chicken. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Place wooden skewers in a shallow dish and cover with water and let soak for at least an hour.

2. Combine all sauce ingredients except salt in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring often. Let simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste the sauce, and you may need to add a little salt and another squeeze of lime to round out the flavors. Strain into a small serving dish and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. This can be made ahead of time and warmed a little when served.

3. After chicken has marinated, drain it from the marinade and thread onto the wooden skewers. Grill for about 6-10 minutes per side, until brown and cooked through. Squeeze the half lime over the grilled chicken before serving. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Makes 4 Servings

Note: You can also broil the chicken in the oven, right under the broiler element. Keep an eye on it and turn every 5 minutes to avoid burning.