Chicken Satay

Brilliantly simple satay dish buzzing full of exotic Eastern flavours. The marinade also doubles up as the sauce to save you time.

Ingredients

3-4      Chicken fillets, skinned, and cubed

175g    Smooth peanut butter

50g      Salted, roasted peanuts

3          freeze dried, kaffir lime leaves

1          Lemon grass stem, ends trimmed

1          Red chilli

1          Garlic clove, crushed

½ tbs    Fresh root ginger, finely chopped

2          Limes, grated zest and juice

1 tbs     Thai fish sauce

20g      Fresh coriander

200 ml Coconut milk

25g      soft brown sugar

Oil for brushing

Preparation and cooking

Start by soaking the kaffir lime leaves in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then remove the leaves, squeeze out the water, roll up the leaves and finely slice. Place the leaves in a food processor with lemon grass and garlic and blitz for a few seconds until finely chopped. Now add the chilli, lime zest, lime juice, fish sauce, and the chopped stalks of the coriander (reserve the leaves for later), and again blitz until finely chopped. Add the coconut milk, peanut butter and sugar and process once again until well blended.

Pour half the sauce into a bowl for the marinade (approx. 250ml), then add the salted peanuts and the reserved coriander leaves to the remaining mixture in the processor, and pulse once again until coarsely chopped. Pour this sauce into another bowl, cover and keep in the fridge until needed.

Add the cubed chicken breast to the bowl containing the marinade, and leave for at least one hour. When you are ready to make the satay sticks, add 4-5 marinated chicken cubes to each bamboo skewer, and repeat until all the chicken is used up. When you are ready to cook, brush the chicken satay skewers with a little oil and grill on a BBQ for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is well cooked. As the satay cooks, brush them with some of the remaining marinade.

Serve with lime wedges, the satay sauce, plain boiled rice and a side salad.

Variations

Works really well on a BBQ with chicken fillet, thighs, pork fillet or even beef.

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