Sunday, August 26, 2012

Almost Paleo Chicken Satay

I finally ran out of Trader Joe’s Satay Sauce so I broke down and made my own. I used cashews instead of peanuts to make it more Paleo/Primal and in retrospect I rather wish I’d left out the sugar to make it completely so.  But I originally intended it as a grilling sauce rather than a dipping sauce, not realizing that the sauce for satay is SUPPOSED to be a dipping sauce though of course you can brush some on when you grill. So in the future I’ll mix it up sans sugar – neither of us thinks it really needs it.

Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup salted cashew halves & pieces
1/3 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T organic cane sugar
1 T Tamari (soy sauce will work)
½ T lime juice
2 t sesame oil
1 t Sriracha

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. None of the ingredients require refrigeration so I don't believe this does either.

This time I used breasts rather than thighs. Slice however many chicken breasts you’re going to cook (I used three) into one inch strips and marinate in soy sauce and a dash of garlic powder and another of turmeric for a couple of hours.

Skewer chicken strips, brush with sauce and grill until just done. It looks burnt but that's just the sauce on top - the meat was tender and juicy!

Kate stirred up some mixed veggies - summer squash, zucchini, cabbage, red bell pepper, broccoli stems, carrots, onions and garlic - with some soy sauce and Chinese Five Spice seasoning to go with it.


  1. It definitely looks tasty. I'll have to give the Satay sauce a try. Both hubby and I love Thai cuisine. The veggies look good too. From your garden?

    1. Thanks Karen! The peppers & zucchini are from our garden, the rest are local. Many recipes call for coconut milk as well, but I didn't have any and I don't think it's missing anything without it. We're having a hard time resisting just eating it with a spoon!

    2. If there were no sugar in it there's wouldn't be any reason to resist. :)

    3. Good point! Let's eat this batch all up and make MORE!


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