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The best wedding appetizer
Have you ever been to a wedding reception with passed hors d’oeuvres? Think of my Easy Chicken Satay. I’m always scoping out the waiter with the tray moving through the room. Usually that tray is filled with mini carb filled delights that I need to avoid…but I’m hungry.
One of my go-to choices is usually the chicken skewers. Of course I avoid the sugar laden dipping sauce, but the chicken on a stick is usually a safe low carb bet.
Chicken with no skewer
I wanted to recreate this great appetizer at home as my Easy Chicken Satay. I started soaking bamboo sticks in water so they would not burn. Then it was too cold to go outside to BBQ. So I pulled out the cast iron grill pan.
Seemed like an easy fix for indoor barbecuing. Except for the fact that it was a lot of work to thread slippery chicken on to sharp sticks. Plus my sticks were too big for the pan. Could there be an easier way?
No stick needed
I started with thin sliced chicken breast. You can find this cut of chicken in any supermarket. However, if they happen to be out of thin sliced chicken you can just get regular chicken breast.With regular chicken breast you will first slice in half crosswise.
Once you have a thin breast you will then slice in 1-2″ strips. Now you will have chicken strips ready for the marinade.
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Easy Chicken Satay Marinade
I like to toss together my coconut cream and a few spices into a ziplock bag with the chicken strips. This marinade works pretty quickly, however you can also marinate the chicken overnight.
I would not recommend freezing the chicken strips in the marinade, because the coconut cream may separate. This marinade bag can sit in the fridge for about 24 hours, but then you need to cook that Easy Chicken Satay.
Remember when I mentioned the sugar laden dipping sauce that usually comes with the chicken skewers? Well, of course I have a work around. Most of the ingredients I use are naturally low carb. I simply substitute 2 things.
To the peanut butter and soy sauce mixture I add Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener and Stevia drops. Also, it’s important to note that Rice Wine Vinegar is usually packed with sugar. This is a great Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce for this Easy Chicken Satay, but I use it for so many other recipes, too.
If you don’t have low sugar rice wine vinegar you can omit it. You will always be able to find it online, but don’t let this hold you back from making this delicious sauce.
Indoor grilling or BBQ
If weather permits then head outside to make your Easy Chicken Satay right on the BBQ. Some people prefer the BBQ to indoor merely for the experience.
I find that my cast iron grill pan gives the same great grilling flavor and I get to stay out of the dark and cold. Plus, this makes this an easy weeknight family meal.
- 1 lb chicken breast cutlets sliced into strips
- ½ cup coconut cream canned
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tsp chili paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 drops stevia
- 2 tbsp olive oil or cooking spray
- In a large bowl mix together coconut cream, curry powder, chili paste, salt and stevia drops. Toss raw chicken strips in this marinade. Let chicken sit in the curry marinade for at least 20 minutes or over night.
- Heat a well oiled cast iron grill pan over medium high heat. Heat pan to almost smoking. Place each strip of the chicken in the grill pan in a single layer in the pan. Chicken should fit in single layer.
- If it does not then you must work in batches or use a second grill pan. Please note that you can also do this on an outdoor BBQ grill.
- Grill chicken for about 2 minutes or until you have nice grill marks on first side. Flip the chicken and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until you have nice grill marks. Turn heat off, remove the pan from the heat to another cooled area of the stove. Cover pan with foil for about 5 minutes.
- Serve chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce.
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