Chicken or Pork Satay

If you're hosting a dinner party, you'll naturally want to spend as much time as you can with your guests while still preparing a memorable meal. One way to free up some time is to make chicken or pork satay -- the Thai version of barbecue -- as the main course. The meat can be marinated beforehand, and the dipping sauces can be prepared in advance.

  • Yield: Makes 20 to 24 pieces

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves or 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups (14-ounce can) light unsweetened coconut milk
  • Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Zesty Asian Dipping Sauce
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray

Directions

  1. If using chicken, cut each piece lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips; you should get about 5 strips per half. Place strips between two sheets of plastic wrap, and pound lightly to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. If using pork, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. You should get about 24 slices; set aside.

  2. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, combine salt, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne pepper; whisk to combine. Whisk in coconut milk. Add meat, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and let marinate, refrigerated, for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

  3. Soak skewers in hot water to cover for 30 minutes. Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat.

  4. Meanwhile, remove marinated meat from refrigerator, and thread onto skewers, letting excess marinade drip off. Spray grill pan with cooking spray. Working in batches, grill until cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter. Serve hot with sauce.

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