Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Those of you who have been reading my "What a Dietitian Eats" posts all week know that I love this recipe and have eaten it 3 days in a row. So glad The Tortefeasor chose this as the CEiMB recipe of the week!

If you have never had sate (or satay) before, you are in for a treat. Marinated meat or poultry (in this case chicken) is skewered, grilled, and then served with a spicy peanut sauce. I'm not sure which part I like better - the chicken or the sauce? They are both delicious! The marinade is made with lime zest, grated ginger, coconut milk, soy sauce, garlic, brown bad can that be?

As could be expected I turned this into a salad with romaine, red bell pepper, carrots, snow peas, scallions, and cilantro. So that I could use if for a dressing, I made the sauce a little thinner by adding a little of the coconut milk leftover from the marinade (I used the rest in coconut-mango smoothies).

You should all make this really soon (or beg...someone to make it for you!)

  • Per serving (Ellie's version...not my salad) - 263 calories, 10 g fat (3.4 g saturated), 12 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein (exchanges: 4 protein, 2 fat, 1/2 starch; WW points: 6)
  • Notes - Some changes I made: 1) I didn't pound the chicken, I just made sure to cut the strips really thin, 2) to make the sauce thinner I added a little less peanut butter and about 1/4 of a cup of coconut also needed to be a little sweeter so I added more sugar, 3) I used a teaspoon of curry powder instead of the paste, 4) I left the shallot out of the dressing, 4) I let the chicken marinate for about 4 worked better with my schedule, and 5) I didn't buy any chopped peanuts, but I really wish I had them for the salad; if you don't have fish sauce just add a little more soy sauce...but I think it really makes a diffence and it will last FOREVER in your fridge
  • Tip - If the chicken is slightly frozen it will slice better/thinner


  1. Your sate looks great! I've never pounded my chicken, but I definitely need to. I just use pre-cut chicken tender to save time. I make this recipe so much, I've gotten lazy. I usually just grill it then drizzle the sauce over. Maybe if I had company around I would take the time.. lol.

  2. The chicken looks super. It was a great dish - I always cut down on the sugar because I find in Ellies recipe, it's more than I would ever add.

  3. That chicken is beautiful! I love the idea of making this into a salad, and it is definitely something I could eat multiple days in a row.

  4. I thought about doing the salad thing, too. I just thought this one was so good!

  5. SO glad that you love this one! It's definitely a new favorite in our house. Great idea to thin it out with coconut milk to use it as a dressing. It all looks fabulous! Thanks for cooking along with me this week!

  6. I think the sauce would be better if it was made with brazil nuts

  7. I think the sauce would be better if it was made from Brazil nuts!!!!

  8. "What do I eat" follow up. Do you consume gels, water, or an energy bar during your run? Do you feel that you are taxing your energy stores during exercise? If I don't keep the fluids topped off and eat something during my exercise routine 45 minutes in, then my energy output suffers.

  9. In response to the running question:

    I always eat a simple carbohydrate (usually fruit) right before I run. This provides the quick energy I need for my relatively short run. Gels and energy bars provide the same...simple carbs that the body can use for quick energy.

    However, if I were to decide to double my run (or add a 45 min bike ride afterwards) I would definitely need something to eat! Or I could eat a little more pre-run.

    As for water, even in the intolerable heat and humidity we have here in Louisiana, I can make it 45 minutes (4 miles) without drinking anything...but as soon as I get back to my car there is a huge glass of ice water waiting for me!

    To each his own...figure out what works best for you and stick with it to maximize your workout!