Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

Since the northeast’s winter has been so brutally cold, we were thrilled to welcome in a 55+ degree day with grilling.  The chicken satay turned out to be a winner, so I’m adding it to the 5 Petey Thumbs Up list.

 

Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce
This dish has a nice Thai flavor, but the chicken skewers are good enough to eat without the peanut sauce if you prefer.
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For the marinade
  1. 3-4 lbs of chicken breasts
  2. 5T soy sauce
  3. 4T lime juice (from approx. 1 lime)
  4. 3t turmeric
  5. 3t cumin
  6. 5t coriander
  7. 3T vegetable oil
For the peanut dipping sauce
  1. 1/4-1/2 c peanut butter (depending on your peanut-y preference)
  2. 3T brown sugar
  3. 3T soy sauce
  4. 1t coriander
  5. 1t cumin
  6. 1/2t turmeric
  7. 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  8. 1/4 c hot water (adjust amount to get desired consistency)
  9. 3T cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  10. Lime wedges for garnish
  11. Skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Chop chicken into even skewer-sized pieces and place in seal-able gallon bag. Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl, whisking in oil at the end. Cover chicken pieces with marinade, seal bag, and put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but several hours is better.
  2. Put all dipping sauce ingredients in a food processor, except water. Add the hot water, more or less, to get the consistency you desire. Taste and adjust any of the seasonings you prefer.
  3. Remove chicken from bag and place 3-4 pieces on each skewer. Grill for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Sprinkle with cilantro and garnish with lime wedges. Pass the dipping sauce.
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Chicken Thigh Recipes {4} Country Captain’s Chicken

COUNTRY CAPTAIN’S CHICKEN

2 3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups white and wild rice, basmati, or long grain rice
2/3 cup flour, eyeball it
1 rounded tablespoon sweet paprika
4 pieces, 6 ounces each, boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
2 tablespoons butter
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 or 3 large cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon curry powder or mild curry paste
1 cup chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes in puree or chunky style crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup golden raisins or currants, a couple of handfuls
2 ounces, 1 small pouch, sliced almonds, lightly toasted
3 scallions, chopped, for garnish

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add butter and rice and return water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover the pot. Cook rice 20 minutes or until tender. Turn off heat and fluff rice with a fork.

Combine flour and paprika in a shallow dish. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cut each chicken breast and thigh in 1/2 on an angle. Coat chicken pieces in paprika seasoned flour. Wash your hands and chicken work surfaces thoroughly.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to the pan. Brown chicken pieces, 3 minutes on each side, and remove from the skillet. Add butter to the pan, then stir in peppers, onions and garlic. Season the veggies with salt and pepper and saute them 5 to 7 minutes to soften.

Add curry, stock, tomatoes and raisins. Slide chicken back into the skillet and simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes to combine flavors and finish cooking the chicken through.

Place skillet on a trivet and serve the chicken from the pan. Garnish the Country Captain’s chicken with sliced almonds. Transfer rice to a serving dish and garnish with chopped scallions.

Chicken Thigh Recipes {3} – Garlic Chicken and Fruit Ragu

This isn’t a 10-minute recipe, but it’s not that difficult or time consuming either.  If needed, substitute or omit any ingredients that you can’t locate.

GARLIC CHICKEN AND FRUIT RAGOU

3 tablespoons olive oil
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 can (14-ounce) chicken stock
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
1/2 cup dried Mediterranean apricots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Heat a large frying pan to medium high heat, then add olive oil. When oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and cook, turning, about 12 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown on all sides and fork can be easily inserted. Remove chicken from pan and drain off any excess oil.

Place onion in pan and saute over medium heat for 2 minutes; add garlic and saute for an additional minute. Slowly add chicken stock, scraping pan to dissolve bits clinging to the bottom.

When chicken stock begins to bubble, add ginger, allspice, cloves, salt, black pepper, chipotle chili, lemon juice, mustard, apricots, raisins, and cranberries. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, then add chicken; continue to simmer until chicken is cooked and the liquid reduced to a light syrup, about 15 minutes.

Add the liqueur to the frying pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and add chopped walnuts. Serve over rice.

Chicken Thigh Recipes {2} – Curried Chicken Thighs

Second on the list of inexpensive but delicious chicken thigh recipes is Curried Chicken Thighs.  This dish isn’t difficult at all and yet it’s sure to impress.  Serve it over basmati rice if it’s available in your area.

CURRIED CHICKEN THIGHS

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
1 cup chopped onion
3 teaspoons curry
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
2 carrots, peeled and sliced on diagonal
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 cup broccoli florets
1/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup frozen peas

Heat oil in large skillet and stir in butter to melt. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Cook thighs skin side down until golden brown. Flip chicken and continue to cook until golden brown. Remove chicken to a plate. Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in curry, cayenne, cinnamon and cumin and cook until aromas are released. Stir in carrots and toss to coat. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Place chicken thighs back into skillet and stir in broccoli. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes to cook chicken. Stir in cream and peas. Season to taste. Serve with basmati rice.

Chicken Thigh Recipes {1} ~ Red-Cooked

I hated passing up deals on chicken thighs in the grocery store, but I just never knew how to cook them. Here is the first of twelve creative meals that should provide enough variety to serve chicken thighs for months before you have to repeat.

ayam masak merah (Malay red-cooked chicken)


RED-COOKED CHICKEN THIGHS

4 pounds chicken thighs ~ about 8
2 tablespoons Asian seasoning
1 1/4 cups chopped green onions
2 tablespoons minced ginger
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Chinese wine or medium-dry Sherry
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 whole star anise
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 8 teaspoons water

Season the chicken thighs with the Asian seasoning.

Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning, until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. With tongs, transfer to a plate. Lower the heat to medium and add 1 cup of the green onions and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Add the ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Add the stock, water, soy sauce, wine, vinegar, cinnamon and star anise and bring to a boil. Lower the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan, cover, and braise over medium-low heat until tender, about 45 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Increase the heat to medium, add the cornstarch slurry and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thick and shiny, about 5 minutes.

To serve, spoon the rice into the center of each of 4 large plates. Arrange 2 thighs on the rice and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions.