Satay chicken skewers and dressed rice

This is a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals and, unsurprisingly, it’s delicious.

I’ve made the full recipe before and the noodles are amazing so I recommend following the full recipe if you have his book. However I had limited time the last time I made it, so I just went with the skewers and a side of rice which I dressed with the dressing from the original noodle side dish, so this is what I’ve included below:

Ingredients to happily serve 2:

  • large bunch fresh coriander (including stalks!)
  • 2 red chillies
  • 2 cloves of garlicsatay1
  • 2 heaped tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 2 limes
  • 3 – 4 chicken breasts
  • rice
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tsp sesame (or nut) oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce

Before you start, if you’re using wooden skewers, leave them to soak in water while you prepare the chicken.

1. Dressing:
In a food processor, add in the following ingredients and blend to combine until you have a spoonable sauce. You’ll need to taste and adjust until it’s your kind of delicious.

  • 3/4 of the coriander (including stalks!)
  • 1 chilli (halved the deseeded)
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • zest of both limes and juice of one
  • a splash of water

When you’re happy with it put half in a serving bowl it a tsp of olive oil and stir to combine. Set aside until everything’s ready.

2. Chicken skewers

Chop the chicken up into bite sized, skewerable pieces and combine with the satay sauce (the half you haven’t set aside!) to thoroughly coat, then thread onto the skewers. You should have about 4 skewers worth.

At this point think about your sides – I was putting the rice at this stage.

Grill the chicken skewers for about 10 mins, then check they’re about half done and drizzle with a bit of honey (if you have it) and olive oil, and season with salt, before rotating and cook for another 10 minutes.

3. Rice

While they’re cooking, prepare the dressing for the rice.

  1. Wash the blender, then add in the rest of the coriander and the red onion and chilli (deseeded) and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Then add in the other ingredients, mixing thoroughly and adjusting the amounts until you’re happy with it:
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame (or nut) oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • fish sauce

Check both the rice and chicken is done (you may want to use a meat thermometer for the latter), and add your second dressing to the rice, stirring to combine. The serve and enjoy!

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