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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Juicy pieces of marinated and grilled chicken breast served with a warm peanut sauce is so good, that everybody will ask you for the recipe. Served on its own or with a side of rice, bread, or couscous.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

A lifetime ago, I ate this dish on a regular basis. We used to go on weekends to a bar called ‘Hello There’ that was owned by 2 friends and they served a killer Satay with Peanut Sauce. It was a small place, they played great music, served creative cocktails and …. Satay. This is my version:

Key Ingredients in This Recipe:

  • Chicken breast
  • Marinade made from:
    • Olive oil
    • Lime juice & zest
    • Garlic
    • Maple syrup
    • Cilantro
    • Spices: cumin, chili powder
  • Peanut sauce made from
    • Smooth peanut butter
    • Coconut milk
    • Soy sauce
    • Red curry paste
    • Light brown sugar
    • Lime juice

Marinade the chicken

Marinating chicken

Chicken marinades are a great way to add flavor, tenderize the meat and keep in juicy while it cooks. The leaner the meat the easier it can dry out and a marinade can help avoiding that.

First decide how you want to marinade your chicken, in a bowl or a Ziploc bag or something similar. Transfer all ingredients for the marinade into the bowl and mix. Cut the chicken in pieces of cubes and place the chicken in the marinade. My advice would be to cut the chicken in relatively equal pieces, so they all need the same cooking time. Cover the bowl or seal the bag. Marinade the chicken for at least 30 minutes – 2 hours, keeping the bowl in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, in a grill pan or outside on the grill, thread the chicken pieces on skewers.

Marinated chicken on skewers

If you want to use wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for approx. 2 hours. If you’re using metal skewers, make sure you have a pan holder ready when you take them off the grill – the skewers will be too hot to handle. While the chicken cooks you can make your peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce

  • Place all the ingredients for the peanut sauce, except the lime juice, in a sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat and stir to combine.
  • Simmer slowly for a few minutes, stir every now and then.
  • Add the lime juice and turn the heat off.
  • This sauce should be relatively thick, but still pourable. If it is too thick, add some water.
  • Keep warm until the chicken is ready
  • Pour some of the sauce over the chicken and serve the rest in a bowl.
Close up chicken satay with peanut sauce on bed of Couscous

Serve the Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce with rice, bread or any other grain. I placed the skewers on a bed of Herbed Pearl Couscous. This same peanut sauce can be used in other recipes as well, like Halloumi Cucumber Kebabs.

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Author: Marinka
Juicy pieces or cubes of marinated and grilled chicken breast served with a warm peanut sauce is so good, that everybody will ask you for the recipe. Served on its own or with a side of rice, bread, or couscous.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
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Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces chicken breast

Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 limes zest and juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 7 ounces coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 lime juice only

Garnish

  • cilantro torn or chopped

Instructions

Marinade

  • Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl or sealable bag.
  • Cut the chicken breast in cubes, all about the same size.
  • Transfer the chicken to the marinade. Cover bowl or close bag and place in the refrigerator for min. 2 hours, max. overnight.

Skewers

  • Thread the chicken onto the skewers (NOTE 1)
  • Discard the marinade.
  • Place the chicken skewers on a heated grill and cook for about 3 minutes each side at approx. 350 degrees F. Time may vary as it depends on the size of chicken cubes.

Peanut Sauce

  • Place all ingredients for the peanut sauce (except the lime juice) in a small saucepan and heat on medium low.
  • Stir regularly and allow to slowly simmer for a few minutes.
  • The sauce will thicken, but should be pourable. Add the lime juice. If sauce too thick, add a little bit of water.
  • Remove chicken skewers from the grill and place onto a platter.
  • Pour some of the sauce over the chicken and serve the rest in a bowl.
  • Garnish the chicken with cilantro (NOTE 2)

Notes

  1. If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 2 hours.
  2. You can also sprinkle some chopped peanuts over the chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 1605kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 124g | Fiber: 10g
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