Grilled Peanut and Coconut Chicken Recipe

by katerina on June 3, 2011

Consider this recipe a twofer. First, it makes an excellent appetizer as grilled chicken satay is always a crowd pleaser. Secondly, you can turn it into a full meal by using the grilled chicken to top a salad or serve alongside some steamed rice and vegetables.

As a room temperature dinner salad this worked very well. You can toss the extra coconut peanut sauce with some cooked asian noodles and blanched mixed vegetables like broccoli. A nice touch is to also toss in some fresh raw vegetables like cucumber, green onions, peppers or snow peas. If you plate the noodles on a bed of lettuce you get that nice fresh crunch as well.

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Coconut and Peanut Butter Chicken

(serves 4)

1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 small can (160ml) coconut milk
2 tablespoons sambal oelek
freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 chicken breasts

Whisk together peanut butter, sugar, coconut milk, sambal, salt and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. If you want to grill the chicken breasts whole, by all means do so, otherwise cut into bite sized, or long strips for skewering. Combine 1/3 of the sauce with chicken and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

Remove from the fridge and heat up your grill. Skewer chicken if desired and remove any excess marinade. Oil your grill well and grill chicken, once you have flipped it you can start brushing with excess marinade reserving some as an accompanying sauce. Cook chicken until nicely charred and cooked through.

These are great as chicken satay style appetizer or served with some blanched chow mein noodles, broccoli and other crunchy vegetables, toss noodles with excess (and non-contaminated sauce) for a nice full meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes | Total Time:25 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 290

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @zomppa June 3, 2011 at 5:36 am

Definitely a crowd pleaser – and so versatile!


katerina June 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

Belinda – totally!


Tasha June 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

I am easily bored by chicken, so I am always on the lookout for recipes using it that I actually want to eat. With peanut butter and coconut milk, this one definitely fits the bill. And I love the idea of serving it on a salad!


Elle June 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

Oh, how pretty! I especially love your idea to have it over noodles. Very simple, but it makes a great meal, and so versatile, too!


katerina June 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

Tasha – me too! I love it when it is *interesting* though,. Flavour and texture are key.

Elle – Let me know if you try it.


sara June 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Yum, that coconut-peanut sauce sounds really tasty! I really like chicken satay but I have to admit I usually use the jarred sauce (or just get it at a restaurant!). Love the idea of making your own sauce – it sounds so delicious! :)


Noel Blum June 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

What is sambo and where can I find it? Recipe sounds delish!


SJOP June 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm

The most delicious cooking style for chicken is to grill. This recipe is a mouth watering one. Chicken should be marinated first before it will be cook in any ways. More chicken recipes to come.


katerina June 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

@Noel Sambal Oelek is a spicy chili sauce which is a south east asian condiment. It can be found in stores that have an asian section. You can substitute a dash of hot sauce instead.


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