There is a fabulous Thai restaurant very close to where I live and on occasion my father and I will go there for dinner and take some time to catch up. Since I don’t get there often, every time I go I seem to always order the same thing, either Pad Thai or Penang Curry since it so good. We also enjoy trying a variety of appetizers, and one of our favorites is Chicken Satay.
These delicious bites of curried chicken with a hint of coconut are a perfect dish to serve as an appetizer while entertaining or to enjoy as a meal alongside Coconut Rice.
One thing we always have fun doing when going for Thai is wine pairing. One of our favorites is Dr. Konstantin Frank Gewurztraminer. It is a wine for the Finger Lakes Region of New York and goes fabulous with Thai food. If you enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying Thai as well, hopefully you can find this wine at your local wine store or try another brand of Gewurztraminer.
When I was developing this recipe I found this combination was the best. I love the combination of the coconut milk along with the peanut butter and a hint of soy sauce and curry. The flavor is delightful and with the addition of the peanut dipping sauce makes this dish complete.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (about 3 large breasts)
1/4 cup canned lite coconut milk
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
wooden skewers (soak in water for 20 minutes if grilling)
Using a mallet, flatten chicken and cut in to strips, set aside.
In a medium bowl combine coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, curry powder, brown sugar and ground ginger and mix well. Toss with chicken and set in refrigerator to marinate for 2-3 hours.
Weave wooden skewers through the center of the chicken strips.
On the grill- Spray nonstick cooking spray on grill grates. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill 5-7 minutes per side, until no longer pink in the center and internal temperature is at least 165 degrees.
In the oven- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken skewers on nonstick baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, until no longer pink in the center and internal temperature is at least 165 degrees.
Creamy Peanut Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste (this can be increased or decreased based on desired temperature)
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts for garnishing (optional)
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and stir well. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with chopped peanuts.
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