Cheeky chicken satay

Chicken satay

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

Makes 12

Food editor Barney begins his cooking with kids series- first off, Barney and his daugher Maisie make chicken skewers with peanut sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked

Nutrition: per skewer

  • kcal117
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • small piece ginger
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • zest and juice 1 lime
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 500g pack skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 165ml can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • cooked rice and lime wedges, to serve
    Rice

    Rice

    r-eye-s

    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

For the cucumber salad

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • sweet chilli sauce (optional)
  • bunch coriander, leaves picked (optional)

Method

  1. KIDS the writing in bold is for you. GROWN-UPS the rest is for you. Make a yummy marinade. Peel the ginger and help them to finely grate it and tip it into a bowl. Repeat with the garlic and lime zest. Halve the lime and get your child to juice it, then mix it in a bowl with the honey, soy, curry powder and peanut butter. Get them to give it a good mix, adding a small splash of water if it’s too stiff, then help them spoon two-thirds of the mix into a small pan. Set aside for Step 4.

  2. Now for some chicken bashing! Put the chicken in the sandwich bag, one breast at a time, getting your child to flatten each one with a rolling pin or a meat mallet – this isn’t essential, but they like doing it.

  3. Mix the chicken with the marinade you made. Cut the chicken into strips, tip it into the remaining third of the peanut-butter mix, then get your child to stir well. Cover with cling film and chill until required. This can be done up to 3 hrs ahead.

  4. Cook your tasty sauce. While the chicken is marinating, pour the coconut milk into the pan and get your child to stir together with the peanut butter mix. The sauce needs to be heated gently and stirred – suitable for confident seven- or eight-year olds, under strict adult supervision.

  5. 'Sew' the chicken onto the skewers. The chicken needs to be threaded into ‘S’ shapes onto the skewers. Get your child to thread the skewers away from themselves, being careful of the sharp points. Younger ones might find this a little fiddly, so they could just push on small chunks.

  6. Paint the tray with oil and cook the chicken. Heat the grill to high and get your child to brush a baking tray with oil. They can then line up the skewers on the tray. Grill the skewers for about 10 mins, turning occasionally, until lightly charred.

  7. Make cucumber ribbons with a peeler. Using a swivel-blade peeler, get your child to peel the cucumber into a bowl, then carry on peeling the cucumber flesh into ribbons until they get to the seeds. Repeat with each side of the cucumber.

  8. Mix a dressing for the cucumber. Get your child to mix the vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves – explain what dissolves means. Add the sweet chilli, if using, then pour over the cucumber. Add coriander if your child likes it, or serve on the side for the grown-ups. To serve, put the skewers on a platter, the sauce and salad in bowls, and serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.

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Makingthebestbetter
20th Apr, 2017
Beautiful, dead easy will definitely be doing again!
ram0nab
30th Jun, 2016
I'm Malaysian and chicken satay is one of our national dishes. This recipe is delicious, even my fussy kids (6 years & 4 years old) enjoyed it. Really easy to make and no weird stuff to shop for. I used crunchy peanut butter because there are nuts in an authentic sauce, its just down to personal taste I guess. Definitely make this again, good party buffet recipe.
slugforabutt
8th Jun, 2016
Worst write up I have seen. I couldn't even be bothered to read my way through because of the twee "child" this and "child" that. The recipe may be good, but I'll not be trying it. Dreadful stuff.
JHD06
28th Jun, 2017
What a pointless comment! Maybe just skip past a recipe that's part of a 'cooking with kids'series
Russell T
19th Oct, 2016
1. To make the marinade peel the ginger, then finely grate and tip into a bowl, repeat with the garlic and lime zest. Then halve the lime and juice it, mix it all in a bowl with the honey, soy, curry powder and peanut butter. Give it a good mix, adding a small splash of water if it’s too stiff, then spoon two-thirds of the mix into a small pan. Set aside for Step 4. 2. Put the chicken in the sandwich bag, one breast at a time, flatten each one with a rolling pin or a meat mallet. 3. Cut the chicken into strips, tip it into the remaining one-third of the peanut-butter marinade, then stir well mixing in the chicken. Cover with cling film and chill until required. This can be done up to 3 hrs ahead. 4. Prepare your tasty sauce while the chicken is marinating, pour the coconut milk into a pan and stir together with the two-thirds of peanut butter mix. The sauce needs to be heated gently and stirred. 5. 'Sew' the chicken onto the skewers the chicken needs to be threaded into ‘S’ shapes onto the skewers. 6. Heat the grill to high and brush a baking tray with oil, then line up the skewers on the tray. Grill the skewers for about 10 mins, turning occasionally, until lightly charred. 7. Make cucumber ribbons with a peeler, using a swivel-blade peeler, peel the cucumber into a bowl, then carry on peeling the cucumber flesh into ribbons until you get to the seeds. Repeat with each side of the cucumber. 8. Make a dressing for the cucumber, mix the vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the sweet chilli, if using, then pour over the cucumber. Add coriander if you like, or serve on the side. To serve, put the skewers on a platter, the sauce and salad in bowls, and serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.
misslongbody
5th May, 2016
Rather than skewers this can be a one pot dish for four people. I made this by putting the satay sauce (changing the coconut for half chicken stock cube with enough water to make nice consistency sauce) into the pan and gently cooking the thinly sliced chicken in this, also putting in some fresh chilli in place of the curry powder and some fresh coriander. Didn't have lime so swapped for lemon - still good!. I served this with egg noodles (just mixed them in once everything was cooked. Went down well with two fussy kids and the pickled cucumber was refreshing and cut through the peanut nicely. If I made again I would cut down the noodles and add some French beans.
koolk_2009
23rd Apr, 2015
5.05
Really good recipe. It was delicious and the chicken was really tender. I did prawns for my son and he ate the lot! Very successful
Rybena2
11th Oct, 2014
5.05
Making this recipe again, I LOVE it!
origami09
4th Sep, 2014
There is only one word, to describe this dish: delicious! It is sweet, and a bit spicy, fresh and vibrant. I love every bit of it!
Rybena2
1st Aug, 2014
5.05
These were absolutely amazing, especially along with a home-made stir fry or chow mein.

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Carys5
11th Jul, 2017
Can you freeze the satay sauce if made in a batch?
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goodfoodteam
17th Jul, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes you can freeze this recipe. Do this after step 5 for best results.
ellenscott
25th May, 2014
We all loved this!! Easy & tasty. I add fresh chilli for some extra heat and I think I'll use thigh meat next time because breast meat tends to be a bit dry. I served it with Jamie's lemon and ginger rice. All in all nicer and healthier than any take away!
sebel
27th Aug, 2013
What about if you don't like peanut butter can you substitute it for something else ?
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