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Onion and chicken satay skewers

Onion and chicken satay skewers


Probably one of the best foods for the barbecue! Soak the bamboo sticks in water to stop them scorching during cooking. This is also delicious made from chicken or pork.


Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 2 hours marinating
Cooking time: about 10 minutes

  • Small piece fresh root ginger

  • 2 shallots, chopped

  • 2 stalks lemon grass, bruised and finely chopped

  • 2 Tbsp satay (peanut) sauce

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 Tbsp demerara sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Water

  • 450 g (1 lb) chicken breast fillets or pork tenderloin, trimmed and very finely sliced

  1. Grate the ginger, gather up the pieces in your hand, then squeeze the juice into a small blender or jug. Add the shallots, lemon grass, satay sauce, turmeric, sugar and salt. Blend until smooth, adding a little water if necessary.

  2. Shred the chicken or pork, then marinate in the sauce in a small howl for 2 hours, Turn the meat in the sauce once or twice.

  3. Soak 16 wooden skewers it cold water for 30 minutes while the meat is marinating.

  4. Thread the strips on to the skewers - do not pack too tightly, so the meat can cook through quickly.
    Cook the skewers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, either over a medium-hot barbecue or under a grill. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the meat. Serve hot, with a cucumber and chili salad.

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