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You Should Probably Make This Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce Immediately

updated Jun 13, 2019
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These skewers do not taste like shoe leather, the blog post promises. But if they did, it would be okay — that’s how good the peanut lime sauce that goes with them is.

Let’s back up, before you get too fixated on things that don’t taste like shoe leather. This dish — chicken satay with peanut sauce — is a grilling marvel. It’s the kind of dish that reminds you why you own that giant hunk of metal that lives untouched on the patio for much of the year. It’s the kind of dish that you eat sitting in the early summer evening sunshine and think about just how great life is. It’s the kind of grilled dish that gives you all of the satisfaction of flame-licked meat with none of the heaviness of a burger. In other words, you should make this dish. Maybe tonight.

But don’t forget to start early. The first thing you’ll do is combine some coconut milk, soy sauce, curry powder, turmeric, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and fish sauce, and then marinate the chicken thighs for at least two hours — or better yet, do it the night before, so you’re ready to go when you get home from work.

When you’re ready to cook, you can preheat the grill, and while that happens, make the sauce by whisking together peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce, and ginger with a bit of water. You’ll pull the chicken out of the marinade, thread onto skewers, and brush with oil, salt, and pepper. They grill up in about 12 to 15 minutes, and then you’ve already got the sauce all ready to go.

While the skewers and the sauce are great on their own, you can expand the meal in a number of ways, including serving them with butter lettuce leaves to make wraps, or with rice paper wraps and a little cilantro to turn them into summer rolls.

Get the recipe: Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from Damn Delicious

Credit: Alice Choi

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