Chicken satay

Food editor Barney begins his wonderful cooking journey with children in the heartwarming series. Join Barney and his adorable daughter Maisie on a culinary adventure and prepare delicious chicken satay skewers with a delicious peanut dipping sauce.

Together, they expertly thread juicy marinated chicken pieces onto skewers, ensuring every bite oozes sensational flavors. And with the homemade peanut sauce, a harmonious combination of nutty richness and spicy sweetness, this dish becomes an irresistible treat for the whole family.


  • small piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 500g pack of skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 165 ml can of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • cooked rice and lime wedges for serving
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp golden powdered sugar
  • sweet chili sauce (optional)
  • Bunch of coriander, leaves picked (optional)


Maisie makes satay: top tips

When working with raw meat, especially chicken, use a separate cutting board and make sure no fingers are licked while handling and that everyone washes their hands with soapy water afterwards.

Maisie makes satay: top tips

Place a damp piece of paper towel under your child’s cutting board to keep it in place.

Maisie makes satay: top tips

Make sure you never take your eyes off your child while working on the stove and tell them how careful they need to be.

Maisie Making Satay: Skills We Learned

Knock out: Flatten the meat by gently beating it and tenderize it. Skewer: A skillful skill – useful for making kebabs. Grind: To help with vegetables and salads.

Maisie makes satay: what you need

2 cutting boards; box grater; small and large mixing bowls; juicer; measuring and wooden spoons; small pot; rolling pin or meat mallet; 12 skewers; large pastry brush; Sheet; Peeler with pivoting blade.

Maisie Makes Satay: Before you begin

Clear the work surface, roll up your sleeves, put on an apron, tie back long hair, and wash your hands thoroughly. Then gather all the ingredients and equipment.

Preparation steps

  1. Make a delicious marinade.
    1. Peel the ginger and grate it finely.
    2. Place the grated ginger in a bowl.
    3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the garlic and lime zest.
    4. Halve the lime and add the juice to the bowl.
    5. Mix lime juice with honey, soy sauce, curry powder and peanut butter.
    6. Add a small splash of water if the mixture is too stiff.
    7. Pour two-thirds of the marinade into a small saucepan and set aside.
  • Chicken bashing!
    1. Place the chicken breasts individually in a sandwich bag.
    2. Use a rolling pin or meat mallet to flatten each chicken breast.
  • Mix the chicken with the marinade.
    1. Cut the chicken into strips.
    2. Add the chicken to the remaining third of the peanut butter marinade.
    3. Stir well to coat the chicken.
    4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 3 hours in advance).
  • Cook the delicious sauce.
    1. Pour the coconut milk into the pan with the reserved marinade.
    2. Mix with the peanut butter mixture.
    3. Heat the sauce slightly while stirring.
    4. Adult supervision is required.
  • “Sew” the chicken onto the skewers.
    1. Place the chicken on the skewers in an S shape.
    2. Make sure you handle the sharp tips of the skewers carefully.
    3. Younger children can push on small pieces instead of threading S shapes.
  • Prepare the tray and cook the chicken.
    1. Heat the grill to high.
    2. Coat a baking sheet with oil.
    3. Arrange the skewers on the oiled tray.
    4. Grill the skewers, turning occasionally, until lightly charred, about 10 minutes.
  • Use a peeler to form cucumber strips.
    1. Using a swivel knife peeler, peel the cucumber into a bowl.
    2. Continue peeling the cucumber flesh into strips until you reach the seeds.
    3. Repeat on each side of the cucumber.
  • Mix a dressing for the cucumber.
    1. Mix vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
    2. Add sweet chili (if desired).
    3. Pour the dressing over the cucumber.
  • Serve:
    1. Place the skewers on a platter.
    2. Place sauce and cucumber salad in separate bowls.
    3. Serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.

    Equipment and tools

    To prepare and prepare chicken satay, you will need the following equipment and tools:

    • 2 cutting boards
    • box grater
    • Small and large mixing bowls
    • Juicer
    • Measuring and wooden spoons
    • Small pot
    • Rolling pin or meat mallet
    • 12 skewers
    • Large pastry brush
    • sheet
    • Peeler with pivoting blade

    Allergen information

    This chicken satay recipe contains the following allergens:

    • Peanuts (in peanut butter)
    • soy
    • coconut

    Please note if you or anyone consuming this dish has allergies or sensitivities to these ingredients.

    Storage and leftovers

    If you have leftover chicken satay, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the satay in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can enjoy the leftovers cold.

    The Health Benefits of Chicken Satay

    Chicken Satay is a popular dish that originates from Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. It consists of marinated and grilled chicken skewers served with a rich peanut sauce. Chicken satay is not only a delicious and flavorful dish but also offers several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional value of some of the key ingredients in this recipe.

    Chicken breast fillets

    Chicken breast is a lean source of protein, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to build and maintain muscle mass. It is also low in fat, especially when the skin is removed. Protein is essential for repairing and building tissue, supporting the immune system, and regulating hormones.

    peanut butter

    Peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats and proteins, as well as various vitamins and minerals. It contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Peanut butter also provides vitamin E, fiber and antioxidants that contribute to overall heart health.

    Coconut milk

    Coconut milk gives the satay sauce creaminess and richness. It contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easily absorbed by the body and used as a quick source of energy. MCTs are also believed to help with weight loss and improve brain function.


    Ginger has long been valued for its medicinal properties. It contains gingerol, a bioactive compound with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger can help relieve muscle pain and soreness, lower blood sugar levels, and improve digestion.


    Lime juice gives the satay marinade a tangy and refreshing taste. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. Lime juice also contains antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals that can cause cell damage.


    Cucumbers are low in calories and have a high water content, making them a hydrating and refreshing ingredient. They are also a good source of vitamins K and C, as well as antioxidants, which promote skin health and aid digestion.

    Overall, chicken satay is a versatile and nutritious dish that packs a punch when it comes to taste and health benefits. By incorporating these ingredients into your diet, you can enjoy a filling and nutritious meal.

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