Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chicken Satay With Indonesian Ketchup

If you are in the mood for something spicy and different, this satay is for you!  I have been making this for years and I just love the peppery flavor of this "ketchup"!  I love the intoxicating smell of freshly ground pepper and use freshly ground pepper every time I can!  The Indonesian ketchup also boasts the flavors of nutmeg and fresh ginger to ramp up the flavor a bit.

I am playing along with Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday where the letter of the week is "S" for Satay.  I encourage you to visit her Alphabet Party where you will be treated to fun and informative "S" posts this week.

Jenny Matlock
Unfortunately, I can not credit this recipe.  It is one of those recipes that I just clipped from a newspaper or magazine and the clipping doesn't contain the original source.

Indonesian Ketchup:
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg   

Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes.  This sauce can be made ahead (up to 2 weeks).   Cover and refrigerate.  Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

Chicken Marinade:
2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 to 4 tablespoons minced jalapeno or serrano chiles
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper

Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks.  Combine water, lime juice, soy sauce, chiles, and black pepper in medium bowl and add chicken and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours, stirring once or twice.

Prepare grill.  Remove chicken from marinade and thread on skewers.  We ususally thread about six pieces of chicken on each skewer.  Grill until cooked through and browned.  Just before removing from grill, brush lightly with the Indonesian ketchup.  Serve with additional Ketchup for dipping.  Serves about six.   Note:  Soaking the skewers in water for about 1/2 hour before barbecuing can help so that the skewers don't burn so much.

When we made these recently, we didn't brush the skewers with Ketchup while they were on the grill.  We just served the ketchup as a dipping sauce.  Some of my children are not fans of the ketchup; others are.

I am also posting this with the following:

Blessed with Grace

Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday.
All the Small Stuff's Tuesdays at the Table.


Pondside said...

We lived for years on the Dutch border, and one of our favorite restaurant meals was Indonesian Ristaffel - and satay. Your recipe for the sauce is different from mine, so I'll definitely be trying it. It's nice to put a new twist (for our taste buds!) on an old favorite.

NancyCreative said...

Sounds really good--thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

yum! I am bookmarking this and will have to try this asap. looks fantab

Short and Sweet said...

What mouth-watering photos!

GardenOfDaisies said...

This looks delicious! Looks like the perfect recipe for breaking out the BBQ this summer!! What sides do you normally serve with it?

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

You did a beautiful job posting this. I really enjoy satay.

Anonymous said...

The catsup sounds wonderful. The meat looking so yummy.

Kat said...

This sounds delicious. I will definitely try this one, we love any excuse to crank up the grill instead of the oven! Kathy

mub said...

I've only ever done sate with peanut sauce so I just might need to give this one a go! Thanks for the recipe =D

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Um...Yum! SOUNDS delicious!

jeff campbell said...

I luv chicken sate...this recipe looks scrumpdillyumptious. Such a great choice for your post...so now I can play Sudokuwhile eating sate...with strawberries for dessert...cool...namaste

RNSANE said...

I am a lover of Indonesia food and its spiciness....and I like sambal on most anything ( except dessert! ). Satay is wonderful and I will have to try your recipe. I also like nasi garang and many of the other excellent dish. San Francisco, fortunately, has a couple of restaurants.

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laterg8r said...

that looks soooooooooo good :D

Viki said...

Looks delicious.

Brenda said...

Yumm sounds really good!

Jenny said...

When I saw satay my mouth watered. Your dipping sauce sounds so different then my peanut based one that I will definitely give it a try!

This is one of my absolutely favorite foods...served with a side of soba noodle salad and a fresh leaf lettuce salad dressed in soy, peanut butter, sesame oil and ginger.


Thank you for this scrumptious post on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "S"!


And please bring me some leftovers tomorrow!

Cheryl said...

At first I thought, nah, I don't think I like satay. But wow, you changed my mind. Great recipe and thanks for sharing it on S day.

H said...

These satay kebabs look deliciously mouth watering. I've saved this one!! Thanks :)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I've never heard of Indonesian Ketchup but it looks excellent! I'm printing this recipe out and hope to try it soon, thanks!

Jo said...

okay, you are totally speaking my language here ... i'm going to be making these very very soon. Thanks for posting the recipe!!! go S!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yummm! Thank you for sharing this scrumptious recipe :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Unknown said...

Superb S post, I'm marking this recipe to try very, very soon!
Catherine :)

Unknown said...

this looks spectacular! i am definitely going to try it...yum, yum, yum!

Christy said...

I was looking for a way to serve chicken tomorrow - now I have it! Yum!