Imagine a warm summer day, the tantalizing aroma of a sizzling grill, and the promise of a mouthwatering adventure in your own backyard. That’s what our Grilled Chicken Satay Skewers are all about!
Inspired by the vibrant street food scenes of Indonesia and Thailand, this recipe is your ticket to a culinary journey that’s as playful and delightful as it is delicious. So, grab your skewers and let’s embark on this flavor-packed ride together!
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What is Chicken Satay Skewers?
Chicken Satay Skewers are a beloved Southeast Asian dish known for their irresistible combination of flavors. Think tender, marinated chicken, threaded onto wooden skewers, and grilled to perfection.
The magic lies in the sauce, a symphony of sesame oil, coconut milk, peanut butter, and a dash of Asian spices that create a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and just the right touch of umami.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
These skewers are more than just a meal; they’re a culinary adventure.
Picture this: your taste buds dancing to the rhythm of sweet and tangy notes, while a hint of umami takes the lead. Even the pickiest eaters in the family won’t be able to resist these flavor-packed skewers.
Plus, you can tailor the level of heat to suit your audience – from mild to spicy, the choice is yours!
For the Skewers:
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast: Choose skinless chicken for a leaner option, and feel free to experiment with thigh meat for extra juiciness.
- Wooden skewers: Soak them to prevent charring on the grill.
For the Sauce:
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil: Adds a delightful nutty aroma.
- 1 small yellow onion, finely diced: Provides a savory base for the sauce.
- 2 cloves garlic, minced: Infuses a lovely garlicky fragrance.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk: Creamy and dreamy, it forms the sauce’s base.
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter: Adds richness and nuttiness.
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar: Offers a touch of acidity.
- 1 tsp ginger paste: For a hint of warmth.
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper: Adjust to your spice preference.
- 2 tsp fish sauce: Adds that essential umami kick.
- 4 tsp soy sauce: For depth of flavor.
- 2 tsp granulated sugar: Balances the flavors with a touch of sweetness.
Substitutions & Additions
Feel free to get creative!
Use thigh meat if you prefer, or swap out peanut butter for almond or cashew butter for a different nutty twist. Adjust the spice level by adding more cayenne for some extra kick.
Don’t forget, a squeeze of lime juice during grilling can add that refreshing citrusy zing.
Equipment Needed for Chicken Satay Skewers
How to Make this Recipe
First things first, soak those wooden skewers for about 10 minutes to keep them from charring on the grill. While they’re soaking, cut your chicken into strips or cubes, season them with a pinch of salt and pepper, and thread them onto the skewers.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, start your sauce adventure with sesame oil, diced onion, and minced garlic. Let them dance until the onion turns translucent and the garlic gets its fragrant groove on.
Now, it’s sauce time! Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and stir until they unite in a flavor-packed harmony. Let it come to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Divide it in half.
As your sauce simmers, preheat your grill to medium. When your sauce is ready, brush each skewer with some of that saucy goodness. Grill the chicken over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until it’s done. If you have some sauce left from the original half, don’t be shy – brush on more while grilling.
Transfer those beautifully grilled skewers to a serving platter, and don’t forget to have some extra sauce on standby for dipping or drizzling. It’s time to savor the fruits of your labor!
Cooking Tips & Tricks
For the juiciest chicken, marinate it overnight to let the flavors really set in.
Want to crank up the heat? Add extra chili or cayenne to your sauce.
And for a cooling contrast, a squeeze of fresh lime juice during grilling or serving works like magic.
These skewers are versatile! Serve them with a side of fluffy jasmine rice, a vibrant salad, or even wrap them in soft, warm tortillas for a satay-inspired taco night. Don’t forget a drizzle of extra sauce for that wow factor!
Got leftovers? No problem! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Just reheat gently on the grill or in the microwave and relive the deliciousness.
Can I use other meats like beef or pork? Absolutely! This recipe is versatile, so go ahead and try your favorite protein.
How spicy can I make it? Adjust the cayenne pepper to suit your heat tolerance, or add fresh chilies for an extra kick.
Can I use crunchy peanut butter? Smooth peanut butter works best for that creamy, luscious sauce, but if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
There you have it – a tantalizing journey through the world of Grilled Chicken Satay Skewers! With their sweet, tangy, and umami flavors, these skewers are the perfect summer grilling adventure.
So, gather your ingredients, fire up the grill, and get ready to savor the magic of this delightful dish. Don’t forget to share your culinary creations and tips with friends and family, because good food is meant to be enjoyed together. Happy grilling!
Chicken Satay Skewers
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
- wooden skewers
- Begin by soaking skewers in water for about 10 minutes so they do not char on the grill.
- Meanwhile, cut chicken breast into strips or cubes and season with salt and pepper. Thread chicken onto skewers.
- In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, add sesame oil, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
- Add rest of ingredients and stir well to combine. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, divide in half.
- While sauce is cooking, preheat the grill to medium. Once sauce is finished, brush each skewer with some of half of the sauce mixture.
- Grill chicken over medium flame for 4-5 minutes per side, or until chicken is done. If you have some sauce left from the original half, brush more sauce while grilling.
- Transfer to serving platter with remaining sauce for dipping either in side bowl or drizzled over top of skewers.