The authentic version is made with Indonesian soy sauce, kecap manis, but Chinese or Japanese soy sauce can also be used.
Prepare ahead: The marinating chicken and the sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.
Caution: Soak wooden skewers in cold water for at least 1 hour to prevent them burning under the grill.
Preparation Time20 min
Preparation Time - Text20 mins, plus marinating
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party
Recipe Coursehors d'oeuvre, hot appetizer
Dietary Considerationegg-free, tree nut free
Taste and Texturehot & spicy, nutty, umami
Type of Dishskewer
- 3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp kecap manis (available at Asian grocers) or soy sauce
- 4 tsp light or dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ¾ in (2cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp minced lemongrass
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- Vegetable oil
- 1 cup (250g) smooth or chunky peanut butter
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ¾ cup well shaken coconut milk
- 1 tbsp soy sauce, preferably dark
- 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
- ½ in (1cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Lime wedges, for serving
- Wooden or thin metal skewers
Cut the chicken into thin strips across the grain of the meat. Spread the strips out in a shallow, nonmetallic dish.
In a small bowl, mix kecap manis, brown sugar, lime juice, ginger, garlic, coriander, lemongrass, cumin, salt, and 2 tsp vegetable oil. Pour over the chicken and toss to coat. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
To make the satay sauce, put the peanut butter with half of the garlic in a small saucepan and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until heated through.
Add the lemon juice and remaining garlic, and season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Let the sauce cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
When ready to cook, thread the chicken on soaked and drained wooden skewers. In a pan over low heat, reheat the satay sauce, stirring frequently.
Brush the chicken with oil and broil or grill on an outdoor grill for 5 minutes, turning over once or twice, until the chicken is opaque throughout. Garnish with lime wedges and serve hot with satay sauce.
1lb 20oz (500g) beef, trimmed of any extra fat and cut into strips, then used in the recipe above, make a delicious alternative to chicken.
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