Grilled Chicken Satay
Chicken satay is one of the most common things you will see available to eat if you ever go to Southeast Asia. It is relatively easy and healthy. Satay itself doesn't have to be made out of chicken. The definition on the wikipedia page is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.
Origin of Satays in Thailand
Satay is thought to have come from the kebabs of India. You can find some version of a satay all over Southeast Asia. There is usually just a slight difference in spelling and how it is served. I think it's interesting how things evolve as they move. They are smaller in Indonesia and marinated longer. I noticed I have the urge to make them much bigger. Everything has to be bigger in Texas. 🙂
What Makes This Thai?
Peanut sauce is the thing that makes this Thai. In other countries you will have it served in various ways all over southeast Asia. In Thailand, you have to have the peanut sauce. Don't be deceived by the somewhat boring name. Peanut sauce had red curry paste in it and the combination is AMAZING. You can find peanut sauce with satay in other areas but especially in Thailand.
Different Kinds Of Satay
The word generally refers to a meat on a skewer but you can also use meat substitutes like tofu. You will find everything from intestines to fish called satay. There is even a satay burger at McDonald's. It has been anyhow depending on the time you are reading this post. For example, there has been goat liver satay, horse satay, turtle satay, egg satay you name it. This is where we want to hear from you in the comments to let us know what you have had. I think it's super interesting. Of course we are most interested in the healthiest options.
Traditionally, there have been many ways to make skewers. You can use the middle of a palm leaf. Bamboo has also been popular for this. We used the store bought wooden skewers. Make sure you soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling your meat.
Our Healthier Recipe
Our recipe is healthier by using a light brown sugar and light coconut milk. You can also improve it by using a salt substitute. As always we also go for olive oil although it is not typically ingredient in Thailand. Remember, the purpose if our blog is to improve the health quality here.
Our Healthier Thai Peanut Satay Sauce
We did this as a separate post as we think it may be easy and useful to use. We also have a previous version with higher protein. Check them out.
Here is the printable chicken satay recipe below
- 2 lbs chicken breast cut into strips
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2 stalks roughly chopped lemongrass
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coriander
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- ½ tsp curry powder
- 1½ tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes
- Blend all the ingredients except the chicken breast until smooth
- Marinate the chicken breasts in the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours
- Rub your grill with olive oil and cook at 450 degrees turning often until cooked through
- Serve with peanut sauce and greens for garnish.
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