Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Homemade Satay Chicken with Noodles and Prawn Crackers

I've been watching SuperScrimpers on Channel 4 tonight. I'd count myself as someone who makes gourmet meals without the gourmet budget. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and forward planning.
This dish serves four hungry people, you'll also need noodles and 500g chicken.
Prep Time 15 minutes (Few hours to marinade) Cooking Time 20 minutes.
In my cupboard I had these:

That's turmeric,
fish sauce,
soy sauce
peanut butter,
a chilli,
and three cloves of garlic.

Together, these can makes the BEST satay sauce you'll have EVER tasted!

Chop the garlic into halves, then chop the head off of your chilli. Roll your chill on your board, (so that the seeds fall out), the finely chop along with your garlic and ginger, and I mean FINELY.
Once this has been all chopped up, pour this all into a mixing bowl along with;
3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of honey and 6 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter. I used smooth, but on reflection I wish I'd have used crunchy!

Slice your chicken into thin strips and mix with your satay paste. Mix this all through until it's about the same colour (about a chocolate brown).

You're best to leave this either overnight, or whilst you're at work. (Ideally, the longer the better!)
Once you are ready to cook this though, it should take no longer than twenty minutes, as the chicken is quite thin and should cook through quickly.
Get ALL of this into a wok on a medium high heat, don't let any of it go to waste. If the heat is too high the satay will burn, you're best to play it safe here, especially with chicken. To test if and when the chicken is cooked, slice the biggest piece you can in half, if this is completely white (and not even the slightest bit pink) you're safe!

The noodles can cook themselves in a pan of hot water, but HERE is the real showstopper. A few weeks ago in my Oriental Food Haul blog I showed you how I picked up pre-cooked prawn crackers for next to nothing!

In a pan of hot oil, throw in a small unassuming cracker and within SECONDS, magic happens! Literally about four seconds. Incredible. Collect from the pan with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl lined with kitchen towel. Once you have about a dozen of these delights cooked, serve 'em up!

Drain your noodles and serve with the sticky satay chicken and prawn crackers!

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  1. This is the best satay chicken I have ever tasted - and I love me some satay chicken! I was nervous about the addition of chilli (I don't do spicy) yet this added to the overall amazing taste. Will definitely use these ingredients and instructions to make this!

    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed it chuck, and for such high praise from such a connoisseur! I feel honoured! :) x