As promised, I have added some more uses for the Satay paste/sauce I made. One of the things I love to use the paste for is my homemade Satay skewers. They are about 21p per skewer. You could stretch this and make them even cheaper if you added things like peppers and onions to the skewers.
I like to buy chicken thighs, but with bone and skin still in this is a much cheaper and tastier compared to chicken breasts. It’s certainly also cheaper than buying it all deboned already. It literally takes minutes to debone and skin the chicken. On top of that if you keep the bones and the skin, you can use this for making a delicious stock at a later point. I keep a freezer bag in the freezer and bang in all chicken bones etc. Then when full I cook a stock in my slow cooker.
As the Satay sauce, I make is rather thick, I like to let it down with coconut milk so it’s better as a marinade. This can either be done with normal coconut milk, or if you got it creamed coconut, which I prefer as you don’t need a huge portion and its cheaper than the coconut milk you buy tinned. Also, it’s a good standby in the kitchen.
I had two for dinner, Toddler Blip tried the chicken but wasn’t keen on the mushrooms though. There was two for the husband’s lunch, he didn’t take them though, therefore he will have them for dinner tonight. The rest I froze the rest for another day.
Easy Satay Chicken and Mushrooms Skewers
Makes 8 skewers
4 Chicken thighs
3 tbsp Satay sauce (see previous recipe)
50g creamed coconut
250 ml water
In a saucepan, add the water and bring to boil, then add the creamed coconut and simmer it down to the consistency of coconut milk. Now add the Satay Sauce to the mixture, and slowly let it simmer down to a nice consistency. It mustn’t be too solid and not too runny.
Heat up the griddle pan it needs to be very hot (don’t add any oil to the griddle pan as this will make it smoke). Whilst the griddle pan is heating up, cut the mushrooms into chunks, then slightly drizzle them with oil and add them to the warm griddle pan, don’t move them around before they got proper marks on them.
While grilling the mushrooms, debone and remove the skin from the chicken thighs, then cut into bite size pieces. When the mushrooms are finished take them off and add to a bowl.
Now add the chicken to the warm griddle pan, make sure they also get the griddle marks and cook through. When cooked through place it in the same bowl as the mushrooms and add half of the Satay marinate to the bowl and make sure mushrooms and chicken get evenly coated.
Then alternate the mushrooms with the chicken on wooden skewers. Now you can either finish off the skewers under a hot grill for a few moments, or if your griddle pan is big enough on the griddle pan or obviously on a bbq*.
This is nicely served either with a salad or/and rice and obviously the reserved Satay sauce for pouring over the skewers.
*If making the skewers on the bbq, start by soaking the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said
These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per July 2017).
Chicken thighs 85p
Satay sauce 34p
Creamed coconut 25p
Total: £1.67 for 8 skewers, that’s 21p each