Peanut butter and chicken are a match made in heaven—and this recipe makes the most of that match.
Easy, Oven-Baked Chicken Satay
- 1/2 small bunch of coriander cilantro
- 1 red chile
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- 3 heaped Tbsp peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 cm / 3/4-inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and roughly chopped
- Finely grated zest of 2 limes and juice of 1
- 6 –8 bone-in chicken thighs with skin
- Olive oil to drizzle
- 3 Tbsp runny honey
- 3 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas mark 5.Put the coriander (cilantro), stalks and all, in a food processor with the chile, garlic, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger and lime zest, and juice. Add a couple of splashes of water and blitz to a smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken thighs in a roasting dish, spoon over half the satay mixture (reserve the rest in a bowl for serving) and coat the chicken well. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season. Bake in the oven for 30–40 minutes, until cooked through, drizzle the honey over the chicken 10 minutes before the end of cooking. Once golden, take out of the oven and sprinkle over the sesame seeds.
- Serve on a bed of brown rice or with a fresh green salad, and the reserved satay sauce on the side.
- If you’d rather have skewers, then just replace the chicken thighs with 4 chicken breasts, cubed and threaded onto skewers (soak the skewers for 20 minutes if they are wooden). The skewers only need 15 minutes in the oven and then a further 5–8 minutes with the honey.