Satays are small pieces of meat grilled on skewers – try these chicken satay wraps for a fun twist! These satays are broiled in the oven, but feel free to grill them as well. Make these wraps a few times and what once seemed complicated will soon become second nature.
Type of dish: Lunch
Equipment: Mortar and pestle, food processor or blender, baking dish or grill, saute pan
Servings: Makes 2 servings
For the Satay:
- 12 eight inch bamboo skewers (soak in water for 30 mins before cooking)
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 3 -4 boneless, skinless thighs
- 1/2 tsp whole or ground coriander seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 3 inch piece of lemongrass, thick and tough outer layers removed, sliced thinly and then minced (optional; omit if the ingredient is difficult to find)
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 1 TB ginger, chopped
- 2 TB chopped shallots
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
For the Sauce:
- 1 TB coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chopped shallot
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup any nut butter or finely ground nuts…almond, cashew, pecan, etc…any nut or combintion of nuts (except peanuts)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 TB fish sauce
- 2 tsp red curry paste (I have used Mae Ploy brand)
- 2 tsp lime juice
For the Cucumber Salad:
- 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into small dice
- 2 TB chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 TB lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- lettuce leaves (we used Bibb)
*NOTE: Soak the skewers in water 30 minutes before cooking the satay.
Marinate the Chicken:
- Cut the chicken into thin strips 1/4 inch thick, 1/2 to 1 inch wide, and 3 inches long. Place strips in a bowl.
- In a mortar and pestle, food processor, or blender, pound (or pulse) the coriander seeds (if using whole), then add the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, and shallots. Puree all into a paste. Add the turmeric powder, curry powder, and coriander (if using powder). Incorporate well, and stir in the fish sauce.
- If your mortar and pestle is large enough, add the coconut milk; otherwise, remove the paste to a bowl and stir in the coconut milk.
- This is your marinade. Pour it in the bowl with the chicken pieces and mix well to coat the chicken. Cover bowl and marinate refrigerated for an hour (or up to several hours).
To make the Sauce:
- Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium low heat.
- Take the chopped shallot, garlic, and ginger and either put it in a mortar and pestle, grinding it to a paste; or put it back on the cutting board and mince it all as small as possible.
- Add the fine mince or paste of shallot, garlic, and ginger to the oil. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, until fragrant.
- Whisk in the nut butter or finely ground nuts of choice. Whisk in the coconut milk, fish sauce, and red curry paste. Combine all until smooth in the saucepan.
- Continue cooking for 5 more minutes or so, stirring often to check if it is sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Stir in 2 tsp lime juice, and the sauce is ready! Set the sauce aside off heat until ready to assemble wraps.
For the Salad:
- Combine diced cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well and set aside until ready to assemble wraps.
To Assemble Wraps:
- Take the soaked skewers and the marinated chicken. Thread the chicken lengthwise onto the skewers, weaving in and out every quarter to half inch. The skewer will be covered from its sharp tip to several inches from the bottom. You will be able to fit two, or possibly three, pieces of chicken per skewer.
- Normally satays are grilled for a couple of minutes per side, but here I will include instructions for cooking them in the broiler. Feel free to grill instead if you prefer.
- Preheat the oven to high broil with the rack 3 to 4 inches away from the broiler.
- Arrange the skewers on a baking dish with the bottom ends of the skewers resting up on the side of the dish.
- Broil the skewers for 4 minutes per side. Remove the baking dish of satay skewers from the oven and check to make sure they are cooked through.
- To make the wraps, arrange lettuces on your plate. Remove the chicken pieces from the skewers and place about 3 pieces per leaf wrap. Top each with a large spoonful of the nut sauce. Finally, cover each wrap with a large spoonful or two of the cucumber salad.