Recipe by Triad to Wellness Consulting – Photo Courtesy of Kristen Massad
Taste of Thai
Chicken satay, a traditional skewered street food found in Asia, has become one of the most popular appetizers on the menu in Thai restaurants. Our affection for this skewered chicken is only outdone by our obsession with its accompanying spicy dipping sauce. That’s why we love our Asian-inspired recipe because it makes the perfect authentic, home-cooked solution to satisfy our craving for the Orient. Our Grilled Chicken Satay with Thai Style Peanut Sauce is a wholesome, nutrient-dense, delicious meal that provides your body with protein and heart-healthy fats that fuel and satiate. Because the chicken is cut thin, it only needs a few minutes on the grill to absorb the light smoky char from the flames, giving it a depth of flavor that creates a savory balance for the sweet and spicy sauce. This luxurious dipping sauce is a rich, smooth, as spicy-as-you-like-it combination of ingredients that explodes with multi-dimensional peanut flavor. We love how the peanut and coconut combine to create a nutritious and creamy topping for the chicken–it is everything perfect about peanut butter, with its nutty earthiness and health benefits, but infused with wholesome, gluten-free ingredients, like coconut milk, garlic, tamari, red curry paste, and naturally sweetened with sorghum syrup. Our Grilled Chicken Satay with Thai Style Peanut Sauce is the best skewered, golden-brown chicken that permits the double-dip to extend beyond the chip!
Nutrient Booster: Peanuts
Peanuts are a legume that are packed with healthy fats and high-quality protein. They are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals and other functional compounds, like fiber and antioxidants. In addition to these functional compounds, peanuts boast impressive amountsof phenolic acids, flavonoids, and phytosterols which help block the absorption of cholesterol from the daily diet. The combination of healthful fats, protein, and fiber in this legume means that they provide an abundance of nutritional benefits and increase satiety. Consuming peanuts may help prevent heart disease, manage blood sugar levels, and cut the risk of gallstones. Peanuts are a healthful, go-to snack and when ground in peanut butter form, they make a heart-healthy ingredient for our favorite dipping sauce.
Cook Once, Eat Twice!
Our Thai Style Peanut Sauce is a delicious cook once, eat twice condiment. Stir leftover sauce into rice, spread it on sandwiches, toss it with noodles, add it to grain bowls, or use it as a salad dressing. We love to drizzle it on steamed or roasted vegetables too, for extra protein and tons of flavor. This sauce makes a healthy dip for raw veggies and is a nutritious and flavorful baste for tofu, shrimp, chicken, and beef. Made in advance, our sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days — a summer staple you will want to stretch. One sauce, endless possibilities!
Grilled Chicken Satay with Thai Style Peanut Sauce
- 1 pound raw chicken breast or thighs, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup coconut milk, canned
- 3/4 cup coconut water
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp low sodium gluten free tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp red curry paste
- 3/4 cup peanut butter, smooth
- 1 tbsp sorghum syrup or honey
- red pepper flakes, optional
For Grilled Chicken:
- Preheat a grill or sauce pan to medium-high.
- If using a sauce pan, add olive oil, and grill chicken until cooked through. The minimum internal temperature should be 165° F, or about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- When done, place on a plate and set aside.
For Peanut Sauce:
- Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until lightly browned.
- Add coconut milk, coconut water, water, and tamari to the pan and whisk together. Add curry paste; stir for 1 minute. Whisk in peanut butter and sorghum syrup, and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes if desired.
- Remove from heat, and let cool. Serve 1/4 cup portion of the Thai peanut sauce on top of grilled chicken or use as a dip.
Serving size: 3 ounces Calories: 260 calories, Fat: 15 grams, Saturated fat: 6 grams, Carbohydrates: 3 grams, Sugar: 2 grams, Sodium: 210 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 25 grams, Cholesterol: 870 milligrams
*Disclosure: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to The Sorghum Checkoff and is also an ambassador for the National Peanut Board. However, we were not compensated for this post.