This Thai chicken skewers recipe with the coconut-peanut satay sauce was what I chose to bring when visiting my friends' cabin for a weekend of drinking, swimming, and grilling. I needed something delicious that could feed a big group, was easy to move, and was easy to grill. Peanutty satay sauce is always a winner and I wanted to cook chicken breasts so there would be at least one comparatively healthy thing in our bellies during that 48-hour bacchanal, so I tweaked a version of this recipe right here to come up with my own Thai chicken skewers recipe with a Thai coconut-peanut satay dipping sauce.
It was a big hit. My buddy grilled up all the skewers at once–there were about two dozen. When they were done, the kebabs disappeared in moments. We ate like a bunch of protein-starved hunter-gatherers, tearing meat right off the wooden skewers. We didn't have any nice side dishes to go with this besides a giant bag of salt-and-vinegar chips, but if you're trying to make a balanced meal, these skewers would go well with grilled vegetables and some bread or rice. Keep it simple!
I made the recipe at home again so we could use our Livart electric tabletop grill, which is an ideal kebab grill. (We used the shorter wooden kebabs–longer is not always better.) Mr. Tabletop Cook and I had our own little barbecue right at the living room table while rewatching Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. It was a most righteous Saturday night.
This marinade is pretty salty with the fish sauce and the soy sauce. My suggestion would be to use reduced-sodium soy sauce and avoid marinating the chicken for more than an hour. The chicken will really soak up the marinade over time and it might end up uncomfortably salty.
This satay sauce recipe made a small bucket of delicious coconut-peanut dipping sauce. But trust me: no one will complain. I had doubled this recipe to barbecue with the guys, and then left a jar in their fridge. After Mr. T and I left, they made up another batch of skewers just to finish the sauce. I'll take that as an endorsement.
If you have a gravy boat, get it out. You'll want to pour this sauce on everything.
I'd love to try this Thai peanut dipping sauce with vegetable crudites, as a salad dressing, or a sauce for noodles. It would also work as a dip for any broth fondue, fondue chinoise, fondue bourguignonne, or a tabletop-grilled meal, such as shrimp skewers on the raclette grill.
Optional additions for the skewers
After you've made this Thai chicken skewers recipe, you might also want to try these other tabletop-cooking ideas:
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Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.