Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hey Hey! It's Chicken Satay! (and Veggie Fried Rice)

I love satay. This is a really easy recipe for it and it tastes JUST LIKE the Thai restaurant from down the block. I swear!

Satay Ingredients
2-3 lbs of chicken breast (or pork loin, shrimp, steak...anything works!)
1 can of coconut milk (reserve 1/4 cup if you need to make peanut sauce)
1 tbsp of mild yellow curry powder (I get mine at Cost Plus World Market)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup of diced green onions

Slice your protein into thin strips (not shrimp). Put in a ziplock bag.

Now combine the coconut milk, curry powder, garlic & green onions and pour over the chicken. Let it marinate for at least an hour. All day is best.

This time, I had a coupon for a "Thai Kitchen" item, so I bought my peanut sauce. It's just as easy to make though. 4 tbsp creamy peanut butter, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tsp soy sauce, a small squirt of "Rooster" hot sauce and about 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Whisk together all ingredients - microwave for a few seconds if it's difficult to combine :)

Skewer the chicken and grill (or place on top rack underneath the broiler in the oven) until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with peanut sauce, whether it be homemade or store bought.

Veggie Fried Rice Ingredients
3-4 cups of cooked COOLED rice - (I use brown rice) - cook it the day ahead of time if it's convenient. I made mine this afternoon & threw in the freezer for an hour. 

3 cloves garlic
1" fresh ginger - grated
any veggies you like - I used grated carrot, green pepper, red onion, broccoli florets and the white part of the green onions for mine. 

1 egg

1/8 cup of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp Mirin (sweet rice cooking wine)
3 tbsp honey

If you don't own a rice cooker, I highly recommend getting one. They're only about $20 and they make fantastic rice...quickly!

Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin & honey - microwave for 30 seconds and set aside.

Get a large skillet hot and fry the egg - breaking into pieces. Set aside when it's cooked.

Put a tbsp of oil in the pan and dump in the veggies, garlic & ginger.

When they start to get tender, add the egg and combine.

Then add the rice and combine. 

Then add the sauce and keep stirring while on high heat. After about 3-4 minutes, it is done! 

I am a happy girl. Mmmmmm. 

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