My family and I love satay. Whenever we want to eat satay, we will usually head to Kajang, a small town 25km from Kuala Lumpur where our favourite satay stall is located. As it is too far from our place, we only frequent it once in a while. Nevertheless, I have figured out a way to fix our satay craving, and that’s making my own satay!!
Making authentic Malaysian satay with peanut dipping sauce is a very tedious process which I dread to follow. Hence, an easy and simple version will definitely be a better choice for me. For that, I use ground spices and store bought peanut butter to make the sauce instead of making them from scratch. I have also chosen common ingredients that can be easily found in the supermarket. Usually coconut milk is added to make the peanut sauce, but I skip it for this recipe. Even then, the taste of the sauce is surprisingly good! It has a balance of salty, sweet and spicy flavour. My hubby said that it tasted better than the one I shared earlier.
With all these short-cuts, I have successfully recreated a hassle-free chicken satay and peanut sauce at home! YAY!!! Even though the taste still can’t beat our favourite satay, it has far exceeded my family’s expectation. The meat is so flavourful and succulent that you can even eat it on its own but the peanut sauce will make a perfect companion.
I cooked my satay on a grilled pan but an outdoor charcoal grill would be ideal. If you don’t have any of them, you can still pan fry it first and then broil in the oven.
This recipe is not just easy to follow but it also allows you to prepare some tasks ahead of time such as marinating the chicken and making the peanut sauce. The actual cooking time only requires about 15 minutes and they are ready to serve.
These chicken satays make great appetizer for parties and potlucks! The peanut sauce can be served as a dip to encourage your kids to eat more vegetables.
Peanut is one of the most common food allergies. Hence, this recipe is not recommended for kid below 3 years old (age as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics), kid who has a family history of allergies or kid who has had a food allergy in the past. If you want to introduce peanuts to your child, please consult your pediatrician for further advice.
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