Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Satay with Fiery noodle salad

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Chicken Satay

First of all, I need to congratulate Simone Cameron for winning the Antony Worral Thompson GI DIET book yesterday. I know I made this one quite hard but Simone persevered and finally got the answers right. Here are the answers.
1. Brown Mushroom
2. Pineapple
3. Uncooked Crab

During the last week I’ve been feeling less and less inspired to cook dinner at night. Almost like my mojo has been disappearing slowly. Which is quite a scary thing. I think it’s a combination of having so many things to plan (babyshower for a friend, twins’ second birthday party, our trip to Stilbay in December) , the fact that I am now seriously on diet (don’t ask!!) and just being a mom and wife, all at the same time. I have SERIOUS respect for mother’s who work all day and then go home, cook, deal with the kids. It’s HARD WORK!!

So last night when dinner time came around, I was once again feeling uninspired. With no self-motivation in sight, I decided to turn to the new Jamie Oliver.

As I was paging through the book, nothing jumped out at me. I wanted simple and delicious food, which is exactly what Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals delivers, but I just really didn’t want to spend more than 15 minutes in the kitchen.

Chicken Satay

Then I saw the recipe for Chicken Skewers with Amazing Satay and Fiery Noodles. And while I was imagining all the flavours…peanuts, chilli, garlic, gingers…slowly my mojo started coming back. Ok, so it’s not back all the way yet but while I was taking the photo’s of this dish, it crept back a bit more. And hopefully over the weekend I’ll restore my mojo 100%.

But back to the recipe, I did change some of Jamie’s elements slightly as I didn’t have some of the ingredients his recipe required but it still came out delicious. Once again, I was quite worried about what my family would think of this but my husband devoured 2 kebabs and about 3 cups of the noodles, my dad didn’t complain so I guess he liked it and my twins ate ever last little morsel on their plate (I just left the chillies out of their noodles). I am so impressed that I can get 2-year olds to eat ginger, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce etc.

Chicken Satay

I used 2-minute noodles instead of egg noodles because, well I didn’t have egg noodles, but it still worked really well. Obviously I think the egg noodles will be perfection but no-one even noticed that I used 2-minute noodles. I also simplified my noodle salad dressing slightly. If you like Thai flavours you should really give this a try.

The full images of the “Guess the ingredient” quiz will be posted over the weekend.

Serves 4

Satay:
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2cm fresh ginger, peeled
3tbsn soy sauce
3tbsn fish sauce
2tsp honey
3tbsn crunchy peanutbutter

4 skinless, deboned chicken breasts (try to get nice fat and plump ones)

500g egg noodles
handful of chopped coriander/ parsley
handful of crushed peanuts
1 onion, very finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2cm piece of fresh ginger, minced/grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped (use as much as you can handle)
2tbsn honey
3tbsn soy sauce
3tbsn fish sauce
2tbsn canola oil

  • Combine the satay ingredients in a food processor and whizz until a thick paste is formed. Add a bit of water until the sauce is spooning consistency.
  • Pour half of the sauce into a bowl and set aside.
  • Pour the other half into a roasting tray.
  • Slice the chicken breasts into big chunks and skewer onto wooden skewers. (soak the wooden skewers for a few minutes before skewering the chicken). Place the chicken skewers into the roasting tray and coat in the satay sauce. Grill/roast the skewers until the chicken is cooked and they are golden.
  • Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water, then drain again.
  • Combine the cooked noodles with the coriander/parsley and peanuts.
  • Combine the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, honey, soy, fish sauce and canola oil in a little bowl and mix well. Pour over the noodles and toss to combine.
  • Serve the fiery noodles with the chicken skewers and satay.

Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Tess

    Looks absolutely fabulous! I like using deboned thighs for kebabs, not as nice and thick but much juicier.
    I think you should think about putting your recipes together in a cook book. Even if it’s one of those little ones like Ina Paarman has. (What’s for supper)

  • simone

    I love the flavour combination! I love satay sauce!

  • simone

    I have never used fish sauce….is soya sauce an okay substitute?? Or not even close to being the same thing?? lol

    Oh PS Got a FB add from somebody and asked how they figured out my name! They said they saw it here..lol. So seeing it for the first time.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Simone, it’s completely different but it lasts forever so it’s worth buying. If you like thai food you’ll like fish sauce. That’s what MAKES Thai food. But don’t smell it lol.

  • Tania

    Hi! I tried this yesterday for some guests who were over & it was a big success! thanks!

  • http://virgin margaret.mcshane

    chicken satay was great success, flavours are amazing, having it again for dinner tonight

  • http://avillagepantry.wordpress.com Sheelagh

    Ooh, has been aaages since I had chicken satay! I’m feeling uninspired today & just want a chill out Saturday with a cookbook catch-up. This sounds like Real fast food for the kids tea :)
    Sheelagh

  • Jwoo

    Fantastic recipe. I like to add fresh coriander, chilli and the zest and juice of a lime to the satay sauce. Gives it even more kick. :o)

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Jwoo : That’s a great idea. I don’t eat fresh coriander but I can understand why it would make the satay sauce nice and zesty.

  • Jimmy Mouse

    Hey. Your Satay recipe is different to Jamie’s: you have added fish sauce (?) and honey, excluding the limes zest, chilli and coriander from the mixture. We tried to make it and I left this to my other half. She overkilled on the coriander and it was a definite paste instead of a sauce doh!. I might give your one a whirl and add the chilli. Personally I would drop the coriander, which you have done, and just use as a garnish or in the noodles as he does. Peace out.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      jimmy: You are right. I normally don’t follow recipes to the T. I add things that I like in my food. I personally love fish sauce in satay as I feel it adds so much flavour to the sauce. I’m not a fan of fresh coriander so I never add it to my food. I just used Jamie’s recipe as inspiration and followed my own nose with the flavours.

  • Anita Siwale

    I tried it, made a little mistakes on mixing, but Yummy Yummy!!

  • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

    Nina : Thanx doll! :)

    Tess : I also like using the thighs for skewers. I can’t tell you how many people have been asking me for a cookbook, it’s the logical next move for me and I’m working on it. Watch this space! :)

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