In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish - especially during celebrations - and can be found throughout the country. Satay is found in every part of Thailand…. Starting form the street side food vendors to authentic cuisine…….
This is my family favorite appetizer perfect for all occasions…. It is a combination of sweet, hot and aromatic spice flavors, love it a lot….. It is basically skewers of marinated chicken which is cooked in the charcoal grill. Unfortunately we are not allowed to keep a grill in our apartments I do it in the oven…… I cook the chicken in the oven and to get the grill flavor I finish cooking the chicken in broil oven settings…… Chicken satay is accomplished with nutty peanut dipping sauce…. This is served with sweet cucumber salad which helps to keep the mouth cool after every bit of the spicy chicken.
For Chicken Marinade:
Chicken breasts, cut into strips – 1 ½ pounds
Yogurt - 1 cup
Fresh ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
Thai curry powder - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Chili powder – ½ teaspoon
Salt as required.
For Peanut Dipping Sauce:
Smooth peanut butter – 1 Cup
Soy sauce – 2 tablespoon
Red Chili Paste (I love the brand named Sambal) – 2 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon
Brown Sugar – 2 tablespoon
Hot water – ¼ cup
Some roasted chopped peanuts for garnish.
For Sweet Cucumber Salad:
Cucumber – 1 large
Shreds carrot – ½ cup
Red onion – 1 small
Lettuces – 1 head
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
White Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Sugar – 2 or 3 tablespoon
20 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours
Vegetable oil, for greasing
Combine all the marinade ingredients to the chicken and marinade it overnight in the refrigerator. Now thread the chicken pieces onto the soaked skewers moving the skewer in and out of the meat. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the skewers on the lined and greased baking sheet. Now cook the chicken for 15 mins or until cooked. Now turn the oven setting to broil and cook for 2 to 5 mins.
Peanut Dipping Sauce:
Combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, red chili paste, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor. Process till combined. Drizzle in the hot water to thin out the sauce, until the consistency needed. Pour the sauce into bowl and garnish with the chopped peanuts.
Sweet Cucumber Salad:
Chop all the vegetables to almost the same size. Now combine the lemon juice, Vinegar and sugar (these can be adjusted according to our taste) and drizzle it on the bowl of chopped veggies.
Make a bed out of the sweet cucumber salad and place the satay skewers on it and serve it with peanut dipping sauce.