Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chicken Satay with Sweet Soy Sauce and Lime Dipping Sauce

I was pleasantly surprised by how much flavour these little chunks of chicken had. I served it as an appetizer, but you could easily turn it into a main dish. You could also serve the chicken with a peanut sauce instead of the sweet soy sauce, but I suggest you give this one a try first!

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Chicken Satay with Sweet Soy Sauce and Lime Dipping Sauce (from Cradle of Flavor)

1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 lemongrass stalks, thinly sliced, tough outer layers discarded
110g shallots, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp galangal (optional)
2 tbsp sliced ginger
1 tbsp ground turmeric
4 tbsp palm sugar (or dark brown)
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1.5kg bone-in chicken thighs (or less boneless)
1 lemongrass stalk
4 tbsp peanut oil
30 sharp bamboo skewers, soaked in water
Sweet Soy Sauce and Lime Dipping Sauce
3 fresh red Holland chiles (or other long or short), stemmed and thinly sliced
4 tbsp kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
1 tbsp lime juice

1. To make marinade, grind coriander and fennel until a dusty powder. Add lemongrass, shallots, ginger, garlic, galangal, turmeric, sugar, peanut oil, and salt and process until smooth.
2. Remove skin from chicken and cut into pieces 1" wide, 1/4" thick, and 2 - 3" long. Combine chicken with marinade in bowl and marinate 1 - 2 hours.
3. Prepare lemongrass stalk to be a basting brush by cutting off the bottom end and top, discarding the outer layers, and bruising the thick end until it is bristly. Place in small bowl with the peanut oil for at least 10 minutes.
4. Thread chicken onto skewers.
5. To cook on grill, preheat grill, baste chicken with lemongrass oil and grill until cooked through and has crispy brown-black spots, 3 - 7 minutes each side.
6. To cook in broiler, preheat broiler. Line a pan with aluminum foil. Place skewers on pan, baste chicken with lemongrass oil, and broil 5 - 7 minutes per side.
7. To make dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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