Chicken Satay w/ Spicy Peanut Sauce

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This chicken satay is my go to dish whenever I am putting together a buffet table or am in need of an easy, yet satisfying appetizer.  They are just as good when they are served piping hot from the oven as they are at room temperature.  The peanut sauce brings these from nice to over the top.  The recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen.  I’ve increased the amount of spices to add my personal touch and to satisfy my need for spice.  However, the amounts can easily be decreased if spicy food just isn’t your thing.  If you have the time you can place the chicken breasts in the freezer for up to 30 minutes before slicing the meat.  While not required, this will make the chicken easier to slice and make for a neater presentation.

I categorize this recipe as an appetizer and if served as such, the recipe will yield between 10 and 15 servings depending upon the size of your chicken breasts.  In the Brown household, however, we’ve been known to turn these skewers into a full-fledged dinner.  Just add rice and a green vegetable and you have a balanced meal.

CHICKEN SATAY WITH SPICY PEANUT SAUCE

For the chicken:

6 boneless chicken breasts

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup minced cilantro

3 tablespoons ketchup

4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced

2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce

4 scallions, thinly sliced

Wooden skewers

  • Slice the chicken into 1/4 inch pieces and weave the chicken onto each skewer.  Place the skewers in a large shallow dish or a large plastic Ziploc bag.
  • Combine all of the remaining ingredients in small bowl.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken making sure each skewer is covered with the marinade.  Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinade for 30-60  minutes.
  • Place an oven rack as close to the upper heating element as possible.  Set the oven to broil and allow to pre-heat.
  • Arrange the skewers on top of an oiled broiler pan.  (You may need to cook the skewers in batches).  Broil for 7-8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

For the spicy peanut sauce:

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

1/4 cup hot water

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon minced cilantro

3 scallions, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Serve with the chicken satay.
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