Chicken Satay & Cilantro Peanut Sauce

This was a fun and very tasty dinner!  I marinated the chicken strips in the morning and also made the dipping sauce at that time.  I soaked the skewers in water about ten minutes before I threaded the chicken onto them.  Then I grilled the skewers on my panini maker (which doubles as a grill).  They cooked for about two minutes and were done (my grill cooks on both sides).  I served the satay alongside pilaf and marinated cucumbers.  The chicken marinade & directions can be found at Steamy Kitchen (with better pictures and step by step instructions), but here is the quick version:

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless chicken breast or thigh
1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
bamboo skewers, soaked in water

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, peanut butter and sesame oil. Set the marinade aside.  (I have to admit, I doubled the ingredients for the marinade.)

2. Slice the chicken breasts into long, thin strips. Add the chicken strips to the marinade and mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour or for up to overnight.

3. When ready to cook, preheat the grill – high heat on one side and low heat on the other side. Thread the chicken strips onto the bamboo skewers, keeping the chicken as flat as you can so that they cook evenly. Grill the chicken skewers, starting on the high heat side for 4 minutes each side. The move the skewers to the low heat side, cover and finish cooking, about 1-3 minutes more, depending on the thickness of your chicken.

I adapted the cilantro peanut sauce from an old fondu cookbook:

Cilantro Peanut Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
dash or two (or more) of chili oil
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped

Put all ingredients into food processor and blend.

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