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Chicken Satés with Spicy Peanut Sauce


Yields about 2 dozen hors d’oeuvres.

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1  lb.)
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • Pinch cayenne
  • About 32 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes

Remove the chicken tenders, if still attached, and trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts. With a sharp knife, cut the breasts lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices (you should have about six slices per breast). Cut each slice in half crosswise to make about 32  pieces total. If you have tenders, cut those in half, too.

Combine 1 Tbs. of the soy sauce and 1 Tbs. of the lemon juice with the oil, garlic, curry powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Let the chicken marinate at room temperature for least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 Tbs. soy sauce and 1 Tbs. lemon juice with the peanut butter, coconut milk, brown sugar, cayenne, and 1/8 tsp. salt in a small saucepan.

Position an oven rack as close to the broiler as possible and heat the broiler to high. Thread one chicken piece onto the end of each skewer. Set the skewered chicken on a broiler pan and broil, turning the skewers once halfway through, until the chicken is lightly browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes total. While the chicken cooks, warm the sauce gently over medium-low or low heat. If the sauce seems very thick, thin it with about 1 Tbs. water. Let the chicken cool slightly and then serve the satés with the peanut sauce for dipping.

Make Ahead Tips

You can marinate the chicken, refrigerated, for up to 24 hours.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per piece, Calories (kcal): 60, Fat (kcal): 3.5, Fat Calories (g): 30, Saturated Fat (g): 1, Protein (g): 5, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 1, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 190, Cholesterol (g): 10, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Made these for my Superbowl party. Very easy and tasty! Can prepare ahead and throw in the oven last minute. The skewers got a bit charred so next time I'll try the foil trick.

Not only are these great appetizers, but they are also a hit with kids. My daughter loves it when friends are over because the chicken is fun to dip, and my 10th grader loves it as a high protein dinner after lacrosse games. To turn them into a dinner, forget the bamboo sticks and simply broil the tenders "as is." The recipe doubles nicely for a dinner version.

Cooked these for a potluck and they were a hit!

Delicious chicken that was easy to prepare. I made the peanut sauce ahead of time. Marinated the chicken early as well. Then right before dinner I skewered and broiled the chicken. It came together nicely with jasmine rice and a thai-esque salad. Easy high protein meal. It made more than we could eat in one sitting.

By far this is the best skewer recipe as i have made many. i soak the skewers an extra hour as it helps with the stick not burning while on the grill. I make this recipe as often as i can. love it!!!!

The curry in the marinade made it very tasty. I had to cover the wooden skewers with a piece of foil as they were so close to the broiler. Do not let the sauce boil or it will break. These were a hit at a recent Superbowl party; it is quick to prep too.

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