Satay Ayam is a Malay dish, but with Malaysia just across a bridge, its not surprising to find the delicious Satay Ayam also in Singapore! Please stay with us, as this recipe is quite different from its Malay equivalent, and this one is more practical to make with western ingredients found in regular stores.
Ingredients for the Satay Ayam (4 guests):
* 2 lb. boneless chicken meat
* 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
* 3 tablespoons chopped ginger
* 1/2 cup of soy sauce
* 1 cup of coconut milk
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 6 tablespoons peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon curry
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon of turmeric
* 1 teaspoon of lemon grass
To garnish, at the end:
* chopped peanuts
Procedure to make Satay Ayam as in Singapore:
1) If you are using the traditional wood skewers, make them soak in water for 10 minutes. Slice the chicken meat into small pieces.
2) Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a big kitchen bowl, press in the garlic with a garlic press and mix. Add the chicken cubes and mix; when smooth reserve half this sauce. Make the chicken marinate in half of the sauce at least 4 hours; save the other half for later.
3) Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Skewer chicken pieces on the skewers and place on the barbecue preferably, but you can also use the oven grill. Microwave the remaining sauce for 2 minutes and mix if there are lumps. Add a little more coconut milk if necessary to obtain a sauce that is liquid enough.
4) Using both oven heat and grill, cook for 5 minutes; turn the skewers and cook for 3 more minutes.
5) Serve the skewers with the sauce and chopped peanuts.