My favorite part of getting a new cookbook is the first read-through. When I got the package containing Well Fed, I dedicated most of a morning to curling up on the couch and carefully reading through the pages with a cup of coffee. The stories and cooking advice in the book are a great introduction to the recipes, many of which I have bookmarked to try soon. I’ve been wanting to try Sunshine Sauce for awhile–peanut sauce used to make me drool, but since Paleo does not include legumes, peanuts are out. I wanted to come up with a simple satay to showcase this sauce, and after some trial and error, I have a mouth-watering, slightly spicy version for you to try. You can skip the honey if you are aiming for Whole30 compliance, but if you aren’t, the satay will be closer to the slightly sweet version you may find in a restaurant.
Chicken Satay - Serves 2-4 as an entree, more if served as an appetizer
Prep time: 15 minutes + marinate overnight + 5 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
1-1.5 pounds boneless chicken breast
1/2 of a medium yellow onion
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon hot curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sesame oil
optional: 1 tablespoon honey
Chop onion and place in the work bowl of a food processor. You could approximate this by hand if you mince as finely as possible. Scrape down the sides of the work bowl and process until onion forms a paste. Add all spices, oil, and honey if using and process until smooth. Transfer the paste to a non-reactive bowl.
Slice chicken into 1/2-inch-thick strips, add them to the paste, and cover the bowl. Refrigerate for at least an hour, ideally overnight.
Prepare for baking by soaking 8-10 six-inch wooden skewers in water. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove chicken from the marinade and thread through skewers. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Arrange chicken skewers on the rack and bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until evenly browned on both sides and cooked through.
While your chicken is baking, head over to The Clothes Make the Girl and whip up some of this delicious Sunshine Sauce for dipping!