Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Relish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 4 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 teaspoons red curry paste

1 teaspoon palm sugar or brown sugar

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Peanut Sauce:

1 cup coconut milk

3 tablespoons red curry paste

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup palm sugar or brown sugar

2 tablespoons tamarind liquid, or fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon salt

Cucumber Relish:

1 large Japanese cucumber, peeled, halved and thinly sliced

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 small Thai chili or serrano chili, thinly sliced

1/3 cup white vinegar

2 teaspoons palm sugar or brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Cilantro leaves, for garnish


Special equipment:
Bamboo skewers, soaked in cold water
  1. In a bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients except the chicken. Slice the chicken into long, thin strips, about 3 inches long by 1 inch wide, and add to marinade. Turn chicken to coat, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: Bring the coconut milk to a simmer in a small saucepan. Whisk in curry paste until dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in peanut butter, stock and sugar, reduce heat and cook until smooth, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add tamarind juice and salt. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Prepare relish: Place cucumber, shallot, and chili slices in a small bowl. Heat the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan, stirring, until mixture reaches a boil and sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cool to room temperature, and then pour over cucumber mixture. Garnish with cilantro leaves and set aside.
  4. Prepare grill and thread marinated chicken onto soaked bamboo skewers. Place on grill and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through, turning once. Serve with peanut sauce and cucumber relish.
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