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Once I was a child, my mother would sometimes make rooster satay. This herby, nutty, spiced “rooster on a stick” was a favourite of mine and my brothers. Sadly, satay was just for particular events, and, being the youngest, I nonetheless harbor a suspicion that I didn’t get as many as they did. Lately, I could make it for myself. I take a cue from the standard satay rooster, however I change it up by utilizing different bolder, spicier Thai curry pastes, with out breaking out the mortar and pestle. Should you like a bit of warmth, utilizing pre-made Thai curry paste is the snappiest approach so as to add a large quantity of taste to your subsequent rooster skewers.

There are a number of Thai curry pastes however, typically, they encompass floor up chiles, lemongrass, makrut lime leaf, shallots, garlic, salt, and an array of different aromatics, spices or shrimp paste on-deck, relying on the dish being made. This paste will be combined with coconut milk to make a looser curry for meats and greens. The aroma is spicy and herbaceous, and the flavour is that occasions ten. The curries that embrace coconut milk have an interesting richness that cuts by means of the spice with welcome creaminess.

The preparation of the curry paste substances is normally the place individuals pause. To make it historically, you’d grind up the substances by hand with a big mortar and pestle till you obtain a tremendous paste. It’s positively a course of. Some of us use a blender or a meals processor, which works, however you may hear an opinion or two on the market claiming that it’s not the identical. These voices may also have an opinion about what I’m going to inform you.

There are numerous nice ready Thai curries available that even us Thai of us use after we need to skip the higher physique exercise, and you may completely use a pre-packaged curry for these rooster sticks. The next rooster skewers are supposed to be fast appetizers, or a simple, hand-held facet dish to your cookout.

We use Maesri cans for Thai curry in my residence, however you possibly can actually attempt different manufacturers which might be obtainable, like Mae Ploy. Most supermarkets preserve them within the “worldwide” aisle, and it’s also possible to discover them at Asian markets. Bear in mind the spice issue ranges extensively. All of them have chiles in them, however not all chiles are packin’ the identical warmth. For a extra gentle spice, attempt masaman or red curry (that is what’s used within the picture). Should you take pleasure in breaking a sweat, attempt gaeng prik khing or green curry paste. Should you actually take pleasure in unadulterated spice, omit the coconut milk from the recipe beneath. Simply rub the curry paste straight onto the rooster and preserve it on as a deliciously fierce coating.

To arrange these skewers, use uncooked rooster tenders sliced in half lengthwise. You get a greater rooster to spice ratio, and so they prepare dinner twice as quick. Marinate them within the curry sauce for about an hour, or in a single day within the fridge (properly lined as a result of the perfume is robust) earlier than you weave them onto skewers. I made these within the oven however I’m sure they might be deliriously good cooked on the grill. Be at liberty to make use of this Thai curry rub on rooster legs or thighs, too.

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Easy Thai Chicken Skewers


  • 1 pound of raw chicken tenders (sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 1-4 ounce can of Thai curry paste (any flavor)
  • ½ can (7 ounces) of coconut milk (room temperature)

Shake the can of coconut milk vigorously before opening. This will help combine the fat and water. Combine the coconut milk and the curry paste in a medium sized bowl or a large measuring cup. Place the sliced chicken tenders into the curry mixture and give them a good stir to ensure coating and separate any pieces that are stuck together. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for an hour or overnight. Mix occasionally.

Marinated, red curry chicken awaiting oven.

Marinated, red curry chicken awaiting oven.
Photo: Allie Chanthorn Reinmann

Line a sheet tray with parchment or foil, and lightly coat with oil. While the grill or oven is preheating, thread the chicken onto skewers and place on the sheet tray. Any leftover curry sauce can get daubed onto the prepared chicken before they hit the heat.

Bake in a 400°F oven for 30 minutes or cook on the grill for about 10 minutes. Enjoy right off the stick or over a mound of steamed rice.

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