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Sate ayam chicken skewers

Indonesian satay is a barbecue dish that is also enjoyed in many other southeast Asian countries. The popular street food from Indonesia should feature in any Asian-inspired dinner!


For the satay skewers (serves 3–4):
500 g chicken breast (or tofu)
3 garlic cloves
4 tbsp sweet soy sauce (ketjap manis)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
For the peanut sauce:
½ an onion 200 g peanuts
4 lime leaves
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp savoury soy sauce
5 tbsp sweet soy sauce (ketjap manis) 1–2 tsp salt
500 ml water
For the side dishes:
Fragrant rice, e.g. jasmine rice
Your choice of vegetables, e.g. cucumber, tomatoes, etc.
Fried onions


  • Step 1 - Satay skewers

    Cut the chicken breast into small cubes. Chop the garlic cloves into small pieces and crush if necessary.
  • Step 2

    Mix the chicken pieces and the garlic with the sweet soy sauce in a bowl and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Step 3

    Leave the chicken to marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Step 4

    Put the meat onto the skewers and either fry or grill them.
  • Step 5

    Cook the rice in the meantime.
  • Step 6 - Peanut sauce:

    Chop the onion into small pieces. Blend the peanuts, garlic cloves, onion and lime leaves with approx. 300 ml of water in a food processor until it forms a paste.
    Put the paste and another 200 ml of water in a pan
  • Step 7

    Simmer over a medium heat while adding the savoury soy sauce, sweet soy sauce and some salt to the peanut sauce. Simmer for around 20 to 25 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Step 8

    Serve the satay skewers on plates with the peanut sauce and fried onions. Rice and vegetables work well as side dishes. All that’s left to say is: ‘selamat makan’ (bon appétit)!
Randi Widjojo

Randi Widjojo

With few ingredients, easy to prepare and ideal for any barbecue, satay reminds me of diverse, traditional Indonesian cuisine and of my parents, who taught me about the cuisine and cooking. It also reminds me of the simple yet delicious street food dishes you find on almost every corner in Indonesia.
Sate (pronounced satay) is a well-known dish in southeast Asia and there are many variations available. Whether you use chicken, lamb, beef or even tofu, the principle remains the same: the pieces are marinated, skewered, barbecued and served with a sauce – usually peanut sauce. Because it's so easy to make, it’s usually available as fast street food at small stalls, but it can also be found on restaurant menus as a main dish with sides. There are different variations around Indonesia depending on the island and the province. ‘Ayam’ means chicken – so ‘sate ayam’ means you’ll get chicken satay.

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