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Indonesian Chicken Satay

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The Indonesia style of Chicken Satay is slightly different than the Thai ones, that most are familiar with. Only minced chicken is used for the recipe and the seasoned mix is draped over bamboo sticks. The meat barely covers the bamboo, making it look almost like a lollipop chicken. Sate Lilit Ayam or Chicken Satay is a popular street food found all over Indonesia. You can find vendors squatting on the road, grilling the satay over tiny charcoal grills. It is not served with peanut sauce as you may have found in restaurants.

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Indonesian Chicken Satay Recipe

  • 1 lb minced chicken
  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 2 tablespoons of base gede, basic yellow sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • 1 tablespoon deep fried shallots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 bamboo sticks (thicker than skewers) or ice-cream sticks

Combine chicken, yellow sauce, coconut, palm sugar, fried shallots, salt and peper in a large bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over and mix well. Using your fingers, form the chicken mixture into one tablespoon size balls. Mould the ball on to the end of the bamboo stick. Repeat the process until all the chicken is used.

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Grill the sticks over charcoal on medium heat, flipping on both sides over every 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

~ Recipe courtesy of Paon Bali Cooking School in Bali, Indonesia. 

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Sucheta is an award winning food and travel writer, who has traveled to 50+ countries across 6 continents. She is also the founder and chief editor of Go Eat Give.