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Chicken Satay & Grilled Broccolini with Thai Glaze

May 16, 2010
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Chicken Satay & Grilled Broccolini with Thai Glaze

Happy Sunday! It’s been a luxuriously warm day here, and I’m happy to say that I spent most of it outdoors. I started the morning by mowing our overgrown lawn, weeding our flower beds and, most importantly, planting some vegetables in the garden. Yesterday, we picked up our tomato seedlings (Black Prince and San Marzano) and chile (Poblano and Jalapeño) plants, which we pre-ordered from Verrill Farm in Concord, and on Friday, I got a couple of freebie shallot plants from someone in the neighborhood. I put these in, with the best of my miniscule gardening ability this morning, and I’m very excited for the (excuse the pun) fruits of my labor throughout the summer. After that and some relaxation with Elysabeth, I headed off to our local tennis courts for my weekly lesson group and had a blast. A very good day, indeed!

I knew I wanted to grill *something* for dinner today because of the weather, and for some reason I was hellbent on some kind of skewer. After bouncing some ideas back and forth, we settled on a well-liked Thai appetizer, Chicken Satay. Looking into it, I was amazed to learn that there are dozens of dishes within Indonesian cuisine that can be referred to as a Satay (or Sate). What we chose definitely resembles what we’ve had in local restaurants.  I found a convincing recipe from Tyler Florence, came up with a basic glaze for the broccolini, and threw most of it together before I left for tennis. Upon returning from tennis, it was simple to thread the chicken onto skewers, fire up the grill and get cooking. We enjoyed this very much, and had a very nice time eating outside in the backyard with some fruit and some company, our beloved Miniature Pinscher, Job. Please enjoy.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce (Serves 2-3)

Adapted from Tyler Florence

Chicken Satay:

  • 1 1/4 cup plain yogurt, drained
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large halves)
  • 15 skewers, soaked for 30 minutes (if wooden)
  • vegetable oil or grill-safe cooking spray
  • kosher salt
  1. Place first four ingredients in medium bowl, combine thoroughly.
  2. Cut chicken into 15 even strips, and add to marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Thread chicken onto skewers, moving skewer in and out of chicken until the each piece is ready.
  4. Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Brush oil or spray grill and cook chicken for 2-3 minutes a side, until cooked through with a nice char outside. Season chicken to taste and serve immediately with peanut sauce (below).

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. red chile paste, such as Sambal Oelek
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • juice of one lime
  • hot water
  • crushed peanuts
  1. Combine first seven ingredients in a small bowl. Slowly add hot water until desired consistency is achieved. Garnish with crushed peanuts.

Grilled Broccolini with Thai Glaze (Serves 2)

  • 1 bunch broccolini, bottoms trimmed
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Chinese hot oil
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • vegetable oil
  1. Combine all liquid ingredients (except the vegetable oil) in a small bowl.
  2. Prepare grill on medium-high heat. Toss broccolini in vegetable oil and coat completely.
  3. Grill broccolini, turning occasionally until cooked through and slightly charred. Brush glaze after every turn.
  4. Remove broccolini to serving dish and pour any excess glaze over the top.

Could you say no to this face? Yeah, we can't either. He enjoyed plenty of strawberries and watermelon tonight!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cecilia permalink
    May 17, 2010 7:22 am

    Wow! This looks so professional… And no I can’t say no to Job-y’s little face either and that is why he knows he can get a lot out of me!

  2. MomVicky permalink
    May 19, 2010 8:13 pm

    This looks really good…..I think Job-y would have been happier with the chicken than the watermelon though! Don’t you just love grilling?

    • May 19, 2010 8:36 pm

      The chicken was too spicy for him. He actually really wanted a piece of the broccolini. I think our little guy is a vegetarian (partly). Or at least a veg lover.

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