Malaysian Chicken Satay

Malaysian Chicken Satay by

Have a potluck in Malaysia without assigning dishes, and you’ll end up with a Chicken Satay party.  When Malaysians think party, they think satay.

I can’t imagine a get-together in Malaysia without dipping chicken satay into a rich peanut sauce, but when I think satay, I think yellow fingers & yellow chicken.

Satay on the grill by
Grilled pineapple by

A visit to my Ah Ma’s (grandma’s) house, on the mainland of Penang, always began with an introduction to gluttony.  Nasi lemak, Hokkien mee, asam laksa, curry laksa, rojak, popiah, and of course, chicken satay.  I always knew the satay was coming when I saw the yellow stained fingers of my Ah Ma and eldest aunt.  My aunt ran a chicken satay stall for many years with the help of my Ah Ma, who was willing to get her fingers yellow for the sake of deliciously, marinated chicken satay.

Malaysian chicken satay marinade consists of a mix of fresh and dry spices, with special attention to turmeric for that deep yellow color, and for its rich flavor and aroma.

Chicken Satay Recipe by

With the creation of our Malaysian Satay Seasoning, we wanted to bring that authentic flavor to you without the need to get your fingers yellow.

To make the marinating process easier, the blend consists of all dry spices - turmeric, coriander, ginger, cumin, garlic, shallots, fennel, galangal, cayenne, and lemongrass.  Just add into the blend some salt and palm sugar, and mix well with thin slices of chicken.  You can mix it with a spoon, or if you really want to show your guests how authentic your chicken satay is, skip the spoon and get your fingers yellow.

For a Thai inspired satay, try mixing in some coconut milk and fish sauce to the marinade.  Or for a sweet Indonesian style satay, add in some kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

It’s best to marinate overnight, but if you’re pressed for time, you can still enjoy a delicious satay by putting it all together right before grilling.

Malaysian Satay Chicken Recipe by

And don’t forget the peanut sauce

Malaysian Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce by

Easy Malaysian Chicken Satay recipe by Season with Spice
Makes about 15-18 sticks

1lb pound skinless chicken thighs (or chicken breasts)
3-4 tsp of Season with Spice’s Malaysian Satay Seasoning
2-3 tsp of brown sugar (I used raw sugar)
Salt (or 2 tsp soy sauce) to taste
1 tsp fish sauce, optional
Peanut oil (or vegetable oil) for basting
Bamboo skewers – soaked in water for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling

Suggested Accompaniments:
Peanut sauce
1 cucumber – cut into small cubes
1 small red onion – quartered
Grilled or fresh pineapple slices

1. Cut chicken meat into small pieces – about an inch wide and a third of an inch thick.
2. Season the chicken pieces with our Malaysian Satay Seasoning, salt, and brown sugar. Coat evenly and leave to marinade for 1-2 hours, or overnight.
3. When ready to grill, thread about 4-5 chicken pieces onto each bamboo skewer and baste the chicken with oil. Grill over medium fire for a few minutes, baste with oil again, and flip over. Repeat until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.
4. Serve hot with an Easy Peanut Sauce for dipping, and a few raw veggies on the side (in Malaysia, that’s usually slices of cucumber and red onion).