Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay)
Sweet, savory and perfect for the summer.
What more can you ask, right?
This is a very overdue post; a recipe that was created a couple of months ago but never seen the world yet. And here it is! It. Is. So. Good.
A little bit of background: this is one traditional Indonesian dish that is usually sold by street vendors and this dish is usually served on a banana leaf with Indonesian rice cakes. The street vendors sell fatty, delicious chunks of chicken meat on a stick and I never thought I would be able to recreate the experience here in the US, thousands of miles away from home.
One thing that you would have to get is the Indonesian sweet soy sauce. It’s this uniquely sweet and thick sauce that has a very earthy taste to it. Asian grocery stores usually sell it or you can also order it online. Trust me, it’s worth it! Although there are tons of different brands out there, I don’t see any real difference between either of the brands so choose whichever and see how it goes!
This is a really simple recipe, where you basically marinade chicken meat in a sauce and then roast them. The outcome is moist chicken with the balance of all different flavors from the sweet, earthy flavors of the sweet soy sauce to the savory undertone from the soy sauce.
Psst, also, I know that chicken as a snack is weird but I think you can totally sneak this as your 3pm pick-me-up, no? I promise, I won’t tell anyone!
Chicken Satay (Sate Ayam)
Serve 3-5 people
4 giant pieces of skinless, boneless chicken thighs
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
sweet soy sauce enough to drench the chicken
Cut up the chicken thighs into little cubes. Put in the rest of the ingredients to marinate the chicken. Refrigerate the marinade for at least 4 hours (or overnight!).
Preheat the oven to 400F. Take out the chicken and start sticking the chicken meat into the skewers. The amount of chicken in each skewer is up to you but make sure that they are all uniformed. Roast the chicken for about 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and browned. After you take out the chicken, drizzle the satays with sweet soy sauce and eat!