The first time I had chicken satay, I was about 14 years old and in Cape May, New Jersey, with my friend’s family. Her aunt was getting married, and we were hosting a bridal shower at the rental house we were staying in.
My friend’s mom had me make the dipping sauce for the satay. I thought the combination of peanut butter and soy sauce would never, ever work. Frankly it seemed bizarre. But once all was said and done, I discovered that the combination was killer – and the chicken was the best I ever had.
I may or may not have single-handedly polished off the leftovers.
Since then, satay has become a mainstay for me whenever I see it on a menu. And if it comes with rice noodles, all the better.
Recently I introduced my family to the joy that is this dish. My Chicken Satay with Asian Dipping Sauce
is easy to make – only 4 ingredients for the marinade and 5 for the dipping sauce. But simplicity aside, it’s a delicious, delightful dish to serve as an appetizer or as part of dinner.
Try serving it with Seasoned Rice Noodles with Cucumber and Carrot Salad
. It’s a great combination!
Interested in a different dipping sauce?
A peanut and soy sauce dipping sauce, like the one included in this recipe, is common for satay. But there are other dipping options such as yogurt-cucumber sauce. You could also go hotter with the dipping sauce, adding some sweet chile paste to it.
Kickin' Satay RecipesSarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella