Tuesday, March 5

Sesame Peanut Chicken Satay

Our apartment isn't huge and we routinely find ourselves having dinner on the couch in the living room rather than in our dining nook (which often gets cluttered with clothes, gym bags, mail, etc.). It isn't the most glamorous way to enjoy a meal, but it's a nice way to unwind after work and cozy up with each other. Dining on the couch can be tricky, though, with finger foods being much easier to eat than dishes that require both a knife and fork. These chicken skewers are delicious and portable, making them a great TV dinner. The grilled chicken gets slathered with a flavorful sesame peanut sauce (inspired by this recipe) that also does double duty as a dip. Any leftover sauce can be eaten with sliced veggies for a snack the next day.

Sesame Peanut Chicken Satay:
  • Turn on a blender and add into 1 garlic clove and a 1" piece of peeled, roughly chopped ginger and blend until finely chopped.*
  • Add in 2 tbsp. tahini paste,** 2 tbsp. creamy unsalted peanut butter, 1/4 c. water, 2 tbsp. soy sauce,*** the juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp. brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp. red chile flakes.
  • Blender mixture until smooth, adding more water if necessary to thin the sauce.
  • Meanwhile, chop 1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and thread onto 4-6 wooden skewers.
  • Brush chicken with sesame oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken to a hot grill**** and cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until golden and just cooked through.
  • During the last few minutes, generously brush the top of the skewers with some of the sesame peanut sauce.
  • Remove chicken from the grill, sprinkle with 2 tbsp. crushed peanuts and 1 tbsp. sesame seeds.
  • Serve with extra sesame peanut sauce, for dipping.

Serves four
*You must turn the blender on before adding the ingredients or they will get stuck under the blade and won't get finely chopped. You can also just chop the garlic and ginger finely by hand.
**Sesame seed paste. Look for it by the nut butters.
***If you are using salted peanut butter, add less soy sauce.
****I used a grill pan. If you don't have either, you can use a regular skillet or cook them in the broiler.