I’m a big fan of Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce. Although it isn’t necessary, it is best to marinate the chicken for at least a day. You could get away with 30 minutes but a longer marinating time will get you much tastier results.
As the chicken soaks up that incredible marinade, it not only tenderises it but makes it much juicier when cooked. This recipe could be used with thinly sliced pork or beef – both are also popular at Thai restaurants and takeaways. Pork is the meat of choice in Thailand but chicken is the most popular in the UK.
To make the chicken satay skewers
To make the marinade, toast the cumin and coriander seeds over a
medium heat in a dry frying pan until warm to the touch and fragrant
but not yet smoking. Transfer to a pestle and mortar and grind to a
smooth powder. Add the ground white pepper and turmeric.
Now add the lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal to the mortar
and pound with the cumin, coriander and pepper into a fine paste.
Add the coconut milk, cinnamon, sugar, vinegar and salt and stir well
Put the chicken into a bowl and pour the marinade over it. Work the
marinade into the meat with one of your hands so it is very well coated.
Set aside. For best results, marinate overnight but this isn’t necessary.
Now make the peanut sauce. Heat the oil in a large pan over a
medium heat and add the red curry paste. Stir it around in the oil for
about 30 seconds. Add the coconut milk followed by the peanut butter
and stir to combine until the peanut butter melts into the coconut
milk. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar and check for seasoning, adding
more fish sauce and/or sugar if you prefer a saltier/sweeter flavour.
Finish the sauce by adding the lime juice and tamarind water. It will
thicken as it cools; to thin it out again, just heat it up.
Now to cook the chicken. Soak wooden skewers in water for about
30 minutes. Then skewer the meat onto each skewer.
I prefer to cook these on the barbecue but a griddle (grill) pan will
do fine if you would rather cook indoors. For the barbecue, build a fire
in one half of the barbecue and leave the other half without any coals.
This way, you can cook the chicken over the heat without burning the
skewers. If cooking indoors on a griddle pan, lightly grease the pan
with oil and cook over a medium–high heat on one side for about
5 minutes before flipping the skewers over to cook the other side.
Continue turning until the chicken is cooked through and you are
happy with the appearance. Serve with warmed peanut sauce.
Extracted from The Curry Guy Thai by Dan Toombs, Quadrille, £15
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