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Thai Chicken Satay


  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 6 dried chillies
  • ½ tsp of Turmeric
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 3 tbsps of fish sauce
  • 1 tsp of palm sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic (2 tbsps
  • 2 tbsps Shallots
  • ¼ cup Galangal
  • 2 tbsps Lemongrass5 cloves garlic this will yield roughly 2 tbsps and the same amount of Shallots
  • ¼ cup Galangal – chopped to process easily
  • 2 tbsps Lemongrass
  • 2 tbsps Coriander stems
  • 5 tbsps chilli oil
  • 2 tbsps Coriander roots
  • 5 tbsps chilli oil
  • 2 lbs (approx. 1 kg) Chicken breasts
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 200 ml Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Massaman Curry paste
  • 1 tsp Tamarind paste


  1. Heat all the whole spices and red chillies
  2. Stir to distribute the heat and to make sure your spices are not burning, remove from the heat and keep aside.
  3. Add the cooled spices to a food processor and process to a powder
  4. Add the Turmeric, this is what will give the Satay that beautiful yellow color
  5. Add the Lime juice
  6. Add the fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic, shalloys, galangal, lemongrass, coriander roots and chilli oil and process till smooth
  7. Remove the Chicken tenders cut the breasts into strips and cut each strip horizontally
  8. Flatten each strip with a meat hammer
  9. Scrape all that gorgeous marinade on top of the prepared strips, add 200 ml of coconut milk and mix everything together
  10. Mix everything well and leave it to marinate for 1 hr to overnight in your fridge.
  11. Skewer on soaked bamboo skewers
  12. To make the peanut sauce, just dry toast 1 tsp of black sesame seeds
  13. Add 1 tbsp of Peanut butter, followed by 200 ml of Coconut milk, mix it and allow the peanut butter to melt and blend into the coconut milk
  14. Bring it to the boil and add 1 tsp of Massaman Curry paste
  15. Add 1 tsp of tamarind paste Mix it in, taste for salt and add salt as required
  16. BBQ the Chicken, basting with additional Chilli oil and serve with peanut sauce
  17. Watch the video for process and a great way to present the skewers