Indonesian chicken satay

Hey, I hope you are having a good day ,I’m super excited today because I found an Asian recipe that really resembles espetos  a dish I love from back home .   I hope you like this one as much as the last one.

Satay and espetos are not different , they are strips of meat ,poultry or seafood, I guess the only difference is in the marination and seasoning,  Satays are marinated in a spicy mixture, threaded on to skewers and grilled.  These famous meats – on-a-stick are eaten dipped in peanut sauce, which by association is often called ” Satay sauce” . Satays can be eaten as light as snacks or an entire meal.  Although the concept of satay originated in Indonesia it is a favorite in nearly  every Southeast Asian country and has evolved to the local taste and palate.

For those wondering what an espeto looks like :



Similar right ?

This recipe serves 8 and makes approximately 25).



  • 750 gm boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp lemon grass or 3 tsp lemon zest/rind
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp tamarind extract
  • 2 tbsp peanut or regular oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds powder
  • 2 tsp jaggery
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • bamboo skewers

Peanut Sauce ( mix together)

  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 dry or fresh Thai red chili- ground to paste ( 1 tsp)
  • salt
  1. Cut the chicken breast lengthwise into thin strips  , keep aside.
  2. Combine lemon grass , onions, garlic and ginger . Process in a blender. Mix in the remaining ingredients of the satay.  Pour this mixture over the chicken.  Mix well.
  3. Cover the chicken and leave aside to marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Soak bamboo skewers in warm water for an hour , before threading meat strips, to prevent skewers from burning while the meat is being cooked.
  5. Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers. Take the skewer in and out of the chicken , from one edge to the other just like a needle in a cloth. Keep aside .
  6. Mix all ingredients of sauce in a pan .  Cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat to get a creamy consistency .  Remove from fire.
  7. Grill satay over coals or in a preheated grill for 7-8 minutes until brown.  Alternately , cook in a pan with 2-3 tbsp oil for 3-4 minutes on low medium heat, turning sides till brown from both sides. Serve with peanut sauce .

Bon Appetit handwritten lettering

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