Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Last week I stumbled accross a new food blog that has lots of yummy recipes. The blog is http://www.goodeatsblog.com/. A while back I had to organize for a lunch to be catered at work and decided to use a lady in my neighborhood who has a small catering business out of her home. She made Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and I loved it so much that I had been hunting for a recipe for it ever since. When I came across this one, I was so excited to make it for Valentines Day. It was good but not great and I wanted great. The Satay chicken was flavorful and what I had wanted but I wasn't too impressed with the peanut sauce. It was a little too peanut butter tasting for my liking. I was looking for a more authentic peanut flavor. So the hunt continues.

Chicken Satay
from Allrecipes.com

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I used Sambal Oelek Chili Paste)
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed

In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, curry powder, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Place the chicken breasts in the marinade and refrigerate. Let the chicken marinate at least 2 hours, overnight is best.

Preheat a grill to high heat. (I used my George Foreman grill.)

Weave the chicken onto skewers, then grill for 5 minutes per side. (With the George Foreman grill, I find it takes only about 3-5 minutes total, depending on how big your pieces of chicken are.) I actually didn't skewer mine but just cut the chicken into small tender size pieces.

Yield: 12 Servings.

Peanut Sauce
from Tyler Florence

1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 green onion, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili paste, such as Sambal Oelek (omit this if you don't tolerate spicy foods well)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons hot water

In a small saucepan, heat the peanut oil over medium-low flame. Add the green onions, ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Cook and stir for a minute until soft and fragrant. Mix in the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the peanut butter has smoothed out.

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