Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chicken Satays

There's something fun about food that you can eat with your hands.  Especially small finger foods.  It's the perfect thing to have at a party as you walk around, mingle, and sip on your evening poison of choice.  Finger foods give you freedom, not only to shake hands and hug at your leisure, but it gives you the freedom to completely over eat - and I mean completely stuff yourself like a thanksgiving turkey.  Shrimp cocktail, dumplings, pigs in a blanket, smoked salmon canape, carrot stick loaded with vegetable dip, a chip buckling under the weight of guacamole, mini cheese cake, mini creme puff, another drink, and a "wait, have you tried these??" from the hostess as she points to the shrimp.  Your answer, of course is: "No! I haven't!  They look great!" as you take two.  Since there's no plate on your hand guiltily reminding you of what you put on it, what you ate, and what's left - you just continue eating. 
The only thing that's better than a regular finger food is food on a stick.  It doesn't matter if it has been deep fried, grilled, baked, frozen, etc., all it matters is that it adds a fun but a still discrete party food element, since no one will still know how many you really had. 

Chicken breast or thighs - cut into strips
1 jalapeno
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ginger - chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Blend all ingredients except the chicken in a food processor.  Pour over chicken, mixing well, and marinade for 24 hours.  Soak bamboo skewers in warm water, place the chicken on skewers as shown. 

Grill on medium high heat, or bake in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. 

Serve hot with a side of carrot and sugar snap pea slaw and a dipping sauce if needed.


  1. What a wonderful recipe!! Living in San Diego, we grill all year. My daughter has recently discovered that she likes just about anything with an Asian flair (meaning soy, sesame and ginger!)... these will be right up her alley. Nicely done!

  2. Wow, what a picture, i can guess how much delicious this food is..

    Nice Receipe.. I will do it.

    Delicious, You guys are rocking.

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  3. Thank you so much for the nice words! :)

  4. Asian chicken that you can make at home with an easy recipe that looks delicious!

  5. These look delicious! I love the marinade flavors!

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