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Chicken Satay

Mr. Prevention has this habit…of putting wing sauce on e-v-e-r-y piece of meat I set in front of him. It doesn’t matter if it’s marinaded, slow-cooked, or grilled to perfection…it’s bound to get slathered in sodium-packed, high-calorie, and often high-fat wing sauce. And P.S. it’s not the cheap stuff, either (hence, I’ve started buying pure maple syrup behind his back…fair is fair).

Unless your taste buds are DEAD, or you have some inexplicable love affair with wing sauce like you-know-who, you would love this chicken satay. Though not native to Thailand, chicken satay is sold on most any street cart…and this version looks the same (it’s so rare that happens!).

Furthermore, it’s super healthy. I think chicken gets a bad name because it is really healthy, but it can also be really boring if you don’t add flavor. This recipe is a perfect example of how to add flavor without a lot of calories or fat. It’s never chicken that’s the issue, it’s the boring cook behind the chicken 😉 Try some new flavors…soon!


Chicken Satay adapted from Asian Cook

1.25 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 stalk lemon grass, thinly sliced (optional, I omitted)
1 inch ginger root, grated
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce


Slice chicken length-wise into pieces about 1/4-inch thick. Set aside.

Combine all other ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix in the chicken pieces, coated chicken on all sides. Cover and set aside for 8 hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, soak bamboo skewers in water for about 20 minutes to stop them burning under the grill.

Preheat the grill to medium heat and thread the chicken on the skewers. Grill 4-5 minutes on each side and serve immediately. Yield: 12 skewers.

Nutrition Information (per skewer): 55 calories; 0.4 g. fat; 23 mg. cholesterol; 208 mg. sodium; 0.9 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 11 g. protein

Result: This chicken had perfect flavor, and the color was stunning! It was like being in Asia all over again. If satay is your thing, this is a must-try! So simple, too! Enjoy!


I had plans to take Mr. Prevention to a new sushi place last night, but he talked me into Thai food with a Groupon. So glad I caved. The food was delicious and the portions…oh my heavens. I think we have lunch + another meal to enjoy!

Lily and I are off to the farmer’s market in a bit. This weekend looks to be a continuation of this humid, disgusting weather so the workout will be indoors today. For sure.

Question: What’s your favorite way to flavor chicken (or meat substitute!)?

Happy weekend!

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  1. July 25, 2011 / 9:52 am

    I think satay might be Malaysian. Need the peanut sauce though!? ๐Ÿ™‚ Way to go on the maple syrup!!

  2. August 1, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    So simple, so delicious! Love it!

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