Hey, I hope you are having a good day ,I’m super excited today because I found an Asian recipe that really resembles espetos a dish I love from back home . I hope you like this one as much as the last one.
Satay and espetos are not different , they are strips of meat ,poultry or seafood, I guess the only difference is in the marination and seasoning, Satays are marinated in a spicy mixture, threaded on to skewers and grilled. These famous meats – on-a-stick are eaten dipped in peanut sauce, which by association is often called ” Satay sauce” . Satays can be eaten as light as snacks or an entire meal. Although the concept of satay originated in Indonesia it is a favorite in nearly every Southeast Asian country and has evolved to the local taste and palate.
For those wondering what an espeto looks like :
Similar right ?
This recipe serves 8 and makes approximately 25).
- 750 gm boneless chicken breasts
- 3 tbsp lemon grass or 3 tsp lemon zest/rind
- 1/2 chopped onion
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 2 tsp tamarind extract
- 2 tbsp peanut or regular oil
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp fennel seeds powder
- 2 tsp jaggery
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- bamboo skewers
Peanut Sauce ( mix together)
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 soy sauce
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp tamarind paste
- 1 dry or fresh Thai red chili- ground to paste ( 1 tsp)
- Cut the chicken breast lengthwise into thin strips , keep aside.
- Combine lemon grass , onions, garlic and ginger . Process in a blender. Mix in the remaining ingredients of the satay. Pour this mixture over the chicken. Mix well.
- Cover the chicken and leave aside to marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Soak bamboo skewers in warm water for an hour , before threading meat strips, to prevent skewers from burning while the meat is being cooked.
- Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers. Take the skewer in and out of the chicken , from one edge to the other just like a needle in a cloth. Keep aside .
- Mix all ingredients of sauce in a pan . Cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat to get a creamy consistency . Remove from fire.
- Grill satay over coals or in a preheated grill for 7-8 minutes until brown. Alternately , cook in a pan with 2-3 tbsp oil for 3-4 minutes on low medium heat, turning sides till brown from both sides. Serve with peanut sauce .