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SPICY SATAY. Pictured are skewers with Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, a Southeast Asian dish of marinated, grilled meat. The chicken satay recipe appears in America’s Test Kitchen’s All Time Best Appetizers cookbook. (Joe Keller/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

From The Asian Reporter, V28, #15 (August 6, 2018), page 13.

Get a handle on chicken satay with a peanut dipping sauce

By America’s Test Kitchen

Any dish that comes with its own handle is bound to be an appetizer favorite, and this Southeast Asian dish of marinated, grilled meat has deep flavor to match its convenient format.

We set out to bring this dish indoors for a simple but satisfying appetizer. A marinade of brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, and hot sauce guaranteed moist, full-flavored meat. The intense, direct heat of the broiler approximated a grill.

Our peanut dipping sauce has sweet, tart, and spicy elements that echo the marinade for a fresh, bright finish. Covering the exposed ends of the skewers with aluminum foil protects them from burning. Freezing the chicken for 30 minutes will make it easier to slice into strips.

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Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Servings: 10 to 15

Start to finish: 1 hour


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed

and sliced diagonally into 1/4-inch thick strips

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon hot sauce

4 scallions, sliced thin

30 (6-inch) wooden skewers

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky

1/4 cup hot water

3 tablespoons lime juice (2 limes)

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

2 scallions, sliced thin

1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce

1 garlic clove, minced

For the skewers: Place the chicken in a bowl. Combine soy sauce, vegetable oil, brown sugar, cilantro, ketchup, garlic, hot sauce, and scallions and pour over chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.

For the spicy peanut dipping sauce: Meanwhile, whisk peanut butter and hot water together in a medium bowl. Stir in lime juice, ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, cilantro, scallions, hot sauce, and garlic. Transfer to serving bowl.

Adjust oven rack to six inches from the broiler element and heat broiler. Line broiler-pan bottom with foil and cover with slotted broiler-pan top. Weave chicken onto skewers, lay skewers on broiler-pan top, and cover skewer ends with foil. Broil until fully cooked, about eight minutes, flipping skewers halfway through broiling. Serve, passing peanut sauce separately.

To make ahead: Marinade and meat can be prepared (but not combined) and refrigerated, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 24 hours. Sauce can be refrigerated, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to two days. Bring to room temperature, season with additional lime juice to taste, and adjust consistency with water before serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 254 calories (117 calories from fat); 13 g fat (2 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 66 mg cholesterol; 385 mg sodium; 10 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 25 g protein.

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