Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken…on a stick.

It seems I’m on a perpetual mission to make food more appealing to my kids. I’m always on the hunt for new and creative ways to present normally mundane meals. Chicken is one of those foods that isn’t all that interesting to my kids unless I spice it up somehow. Chicken fingers with dip is one sure way to get them to enjoy it, but I wanted to try something new. That’s when chicken satay popped into my head. Satay is basically meat that is marinated, skewered, and grilled. As I was making this I began to realize it probably wasn’t the safest thing to serve small children. Sharp and pointy sticks in the tiny hands of a toddler just seems like a recipe for disaster. (You know you’re a mother when you constantly worry about somebody poking their eye out.) So I ended up taking the chicken off the sticks when I served it to the kids. I know that negates my whole point of presenting chicken in a fun new way, but at least they still had fun dipping it into the peanut sauce. When they’re a little older I’m sure they’ll love eating chicken on a stick. Until then, they’ll just have to make do. As for the adults, we loved this meal! The meat was tender and flavourful, and the peanut sauce was perfect with it. Sticks or no sticks, this was a great meal.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
Mix the marinade ingredients and place them into a large ziploc bag with the strips of chicken. Marinade for at least 2 hours, but overnight is best if possible.
Discard the marinade and pierce the strips onto skewers. Grill the skewers until chicken is not longer pink.
Peanut Sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup water
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp lime juice
Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on medium until smooth and thick.
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  1. says

    What a great techinique to get kids to eat something! Sticks! I bet I could get them to eat almost any meal if it was on a stick. 😉 Sometimes I’ve resorted to using toothpicks to make “samples” like at the store to get my youngest to eat. That worked for a while. I’m going to have to try chicken on a stick though! (But you’re right – I’m going to have to supervise this meal closely!)

  2. says

    This looks awesome! And my daughter loves peanut butter…

    Kristy – that “samples” idea is brilliant! My daughter pigs out at costco so I’m going to have to give that a try. Thanks :)

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