Friday, October 28, 2011

Chicken Satay with Slaw and Peanut Sauce


The Trout and I love Thai foods.  At one time we lived near a Thai restaurant and we loved it!  So since that time, we have been trying to find recipes that we love a lot.

One challenge has been a peanut sauce.  There are cooked sauces and uncooked.  We decided we really don't like the taste of the warm peanut sauces, so we experimented until we found a sauce we liked.  Then, some years back we found a cabbage slaw with a peanut sauce, so we finally put all this together into a great dinner.  This meal is perfect for the two of us with a little leftover salad and leftover peanut sauce for another salad.  Enjoy!!

Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Cabbage Slaw

2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs brown sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs minced fresh ginger
1 tsp Sriracha sauce

Cut the chicken breast into long strips, 3 or 4 from each breast.  Mix the rest of the ingredients and marinade chicken strips for about 45 minutes.

Thread the meat the long way onto skewers, sort of pleating it.  Grill over direct heat 8-10 minutes or until done.

Cabbage Slaw

1/2 head cabbage
1 large carrot
1/2 jalapeno
chopped mint leaves (optional)

Slice cabbage and carrots as thinly as possible.  Place in a bowl along with the jalapeno.  Pour peanut sauce over mixture and toss to coat.

Peanut Sauce

3 tbs. grated ginger root
1 or 2 shallots, minced
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, (Use a little less)
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

In a large bowl, combine ginger, shallots, fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice.  Slowly whisk in peanut butter and then sesame oil.

This makes more than you need, serve extra sauce on the side.  Unused can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Toss the cabbage slaw with some of the dressing and use some of the peanut sauce for dipping the chicken satay.


  1. Susan, that is absolutely beautiful (it makes me hungry to look at it!) Me too, prefer the room temp peanut sauce, and your recipe looks fabulous. The cabbage slaw is such a perfect partner with the satay. Very nice!!
    xo ~m. P.S. You just KNOW I'm going to have to make this soon, your way, now that you've planted the seed. :D

  2. I have loved Satay ever since our early days in the Netherlands and many forays to Indonesian restaurants for Ristaffel - the best! I make peanut sauce a lot and will give you slaw and sauce a whirl.

  3. Oh YUM!!!!! My fav kind of food too! Well we sure loved your Satay and peanut sauce you made for us acouple of summers ago!!! Now to try that cabbage slaw, thanks for sharing my friend!

  4. This sounds wonderful. I need to try this very soon, love Thai and peanut sauce.

  5. We are also big Thai food fans. This is one of our favorite dishes, too. Yummy!

  6. Susan, we're waiting anxiously for our first Thai restaurant on the island, scheduled to open in November. In the mean time and from hereon-after, I'll have the secret to great Thai food at home: your recipe. Thank you!

  7. Glad there are so many Thai fans. It truly is tasty food. Tom, I am thrilled for you getting a new restaurant. However, you will find that it can be made simply at home. I posted my Pad Thai recipe last year. :)

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  9. This sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe with us!

    I just found a Thai dish at Trader Joe's that I like for lunch on Fridays! I feel like I'm ordering out . . . only much cheaper!

    Happy Cooking!

  10. I'm not a big fan of peanut anything, but for some reason that sauce sounds really good in the slaw.

  11. I love Thai food too. This sounds like such a great combination! I could eat a ton of that slaw.

  12. I really have to learn how to make this; it make my husband a very happy man; thank you for sharing your recipe.

  13. Susan, I love Thai. I've been looking for a good peanut sauce so thank you for that. Actually I think I will be making all of your dinner one night soon.