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Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce served with a refreshing Cucumber Salad is my favorite dish to get at Thai restaurants. You might even say I judge a Thai restaurant on it’s Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce similar to ranking Mexican restaurants based on their chips and guacamole. I spent a long time developing this peanut sauce recipe and I hope you find it to be a balanced compliment to the grilled chicken and and Cucumber Salad.
Ingredients for Peanut Sauce:
6 tbsp coconut milk
2 tbsp brewed black tea (or chai tea)
3 tbsp natural peanut butter (creamy, salted)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil (or 1 tsp finely chopped fresh basil)
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp Sriracha
3 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp ultra finely grated or minced fresh ginger
Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Satay:
2 chicken breasts cut into strips
marinade to taste:
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 -1 tsp cayenne pepper
lime juice from 1/2 lime
Make the Peanut Sauce ahead-of-time and allow the flavors to blend together. In a clean jar with a tight fitting lid combine coconut milk, black tea, natural peanut butter, fresh ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, rice vinegar, garlic powder, basil, crushed red pepper and Sriracha. Shake well. You can heat the peanut sauce but do not let it “cook” or come to a boil. If you do, it will take on a very different consistency, texture and flavor.
Prepare the Chicken Skewers:
Soak bamboo skewers in water. This prevents forest fires in the kitchen! Wash and prepare chicken breasts. Cut chicken breasts into strips. Cut the strips in half length-wise. Place chicken strips into a gallon size, plastic, zip-top bag. Add soy sauce, garlic powder, dried basil, cayenne pepper, olive oil, lime juice and black pepper. Seal bag and incorporate. Allow to marinade for at least 1/2 hour. Be sure to wash your hands after handling raw chicken. After the chicken has marinated, carefully weave chicken strips on bamboo skewers.
Grill the skewers:
Place chicken skewers on grill. Because they are so thin, they cook fast. About 3-4 minutes per side. You may like to wrap the skewers in aluminum foil as they come off the grill; they’ll stay warm and steam… extra juicy ;)
Make the Cucumber Salad:
Stripeel an English (Burpless, Hothouse) Cucumber and slice thinly. Cut the slices in half. Slice red onion wheels very thin and then slice in half. Drizzle with rice vinegar and allow to marinade about 10 minutes.
Serve Chicken Satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. Makes 10-12 chicken skewers and 1 cup peanut sauce.
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