Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Marinating the chicken with ginger, fish sauce, lime and lemongrass adds a big boost of flavor without fat. The peanut sauce gets madeover with some light coconut milk and reduced fat peanut butter. A crunchy slaw brings it all together.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 33 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 6 servings, about 24 skewers
  • Nutrition Info
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2 tablespoons fish sauce

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 stalks fresh lemongrass, thinly sliced (optional)

2 tablespoons agave nectar

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grilling

1/4 small Napa cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups)

6 ounces snap peas, shredded

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Spicy Peanut Sauce for serving, recipe follows

Spicy Peanut Sauce:

3 tablespoons reduced-fat smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup light coconut milk

2 teaspoons fish sauce

1 to 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon agave nectar


Special equipment:
24 wooden skewers
  1. Whisk together fish sauce, lime juice, lemongrass, agave, soy sauce, ginger, chili flakes and garlic (makes 3/4 cup). Pour 1/2 cup marinade into a shallow baking dish; reserve the remaining 1/4 cup. Thinly slice chicken crosswise, with your knife slightly on the diagonal. Add the chicken to the marinade in the baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Strain reserved marinade into a large bowl; whisk with the vegetable oil. Add the shredded cabbage, snap peas and cilantro; cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high; soak about 24 skewers in water for 20 minutes. Thread chicken onto skewers. Lightly oil grill grates; sear or grill chicken in batches until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Toss slaw; serve with chicken and Spicy Peanut Sauce, if desired.

Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with 1 tablespoon water; whisk until smooth.
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