Guess how I spent my last weekend! No, I didn’t spend it enjoying the lovely, spring-y morning sun somewhere nice. I didn’t even get to have my traditional lazy weekend cereal-in-bed-getting-crumbs-everywhere breakfast.
I spent 48 crazy hours in the kitchen, desperately trying to make enough salad and chicken thingamabobs to feed the 87 people coming to my in laws’ big (very) extended family BBQ. Then half of them didn’t show up, but that’s another story. The point is that I’ve discovered how utterly incompetent I am when it comes to coming up with and actually making food for more than 3 people and a dog.
After all the sweat and tears (I’m not being dramatic at all), I’m happy to announce that no one spat out any of the stuff I made and the food-on-a-stick thing proved incredibly successful as a side dish at an outdoor get together with lots of whiney, picky kids running around.
I first saw the idea of chicken satay on Steamy Kitchen, which is one of my favourite Asian cooking blogs. It’s chock full of easy Asian inspired recipes that don’t require many fancy ingredients.
Recipe adapted from Steamy Kitchen
1 pound boneless chicken breast or thigh
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
1-2 Tblspns lemon/lime juice
1 Tblspn soy sauce
1 tspn oyster sauce
2 tspns brown sugar
1 Tblspn peanut butter
1 tspn sesame oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water (I used 10 inch long ones here)
First, slice your chicken into long, thin strips.
After that finely mince the garlic.
Prepare the marinade by mixing together the soy and oyster sauces, lemon juice, sugar, peanut butter, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Now coat the chicken with it and leave it for an hour minimum in the fridge.
Get the skewers ready and carefully do this:
Keep going till you have this:
Now you’re ready to grill baby.
Just a couple of minutes on each side. Don’t leave them too long or they’ll get dry (especially if they’re breasts).
There’re some great recipes online for the tasty satay dipping sauce that goes with this but I was so exhausted that I didn’t make any this time. What you see in the picture above is just some peanut butter, sesame oil and water.
And this is my contribution to the family BBQ (with a terrible mobile phone picture):