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Chicken Satays (Sate Ayam) Recipe

Chicken Satays (Sate Ayam) Recipe

Chicken Satays (Sate Ayam) Recipe

Chicken Satay is one of Indonesia’s quintessential dishes. It is served across the country, from roadside stalls to elegant five-star hotels. These savory pieces of skewered chicken can be served as a simple weekday main entree or as a classy and exotic party appetizer. For this Indonesian version of an all-around Asian favorite, sweet soy sauce should not be substituted because its very distinctive flavor makes the whole dish wonderful. Any brand of Indonesian sweet soy sauce is acceptable or substitute with Lee Kum Kee Sweet Soy Sauce, which can be easily found in any Asian grocery store. This recipe uses a high broil in the oven to mimic the original barbecue used in Indonesia so that anyone with a regular kitchen can prepare this delectable tidbit. Those of you with a barbecue can follow the recipe as is just make sure to add a few tablespoons of oil to the marinade so the chicken doesn’t stick to the grill.

Ingredients :

    • 30 bamboo skewers
    • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (11/2 lb/ 750 g)
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sweet soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 11/2 teaspoons salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper


    • Sweet soy sauce

Method :

    1. Soak the skewers in cold water for at least 1/2 an hour so they won’t burn on the grill.
    2. Rinse the chicken under cold water. Cut the chicken into small bite-size chunks and place in a large bowl. Mix in the sweet soy sauce, coconut milk, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 1/2 an hour (up to overnight).
    3. Heat the oven to high broil.
    4. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Slide 3 to 4 chicken pieces on each skewer and arrange on the baking sheet. Broil under high heat for 8 to12 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and just beginning to char on the edges.
    5. Serve with sweet soy sauce on the side.