Chicken Satay Skewers With Thai Som Tam Inspired Salad

4 Portions
45 Minutes

One of my favourite dishes that I ate while I was in Thailand was a som tam salad. This is a spicy, zingy salad made from green papaya, which is quite hard to get hold of in the UK. Here I've taken the flavours of the dressing and subbed in beansprouts instead of the green papaya, which work surprisingly well to offer the crunch factor. I just used what I had in my fridge for this recipe - but you could also add some green beans and a few cherry tomatoes to get closer to the real deal!


I've paired the salad here with chicken satay, rich with a peanut dipping sauce which is to die for!


My homage to Thailand - hopefully won't be too long until we can go back!

Chicken Satay Skewers With Thai Som Tam Inspired Salad

Recipe details

  • 4 Portions
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes|Cook time: 15 Minutes|Total time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

For the chicken skewers

For the peanut dipping sauce

For the salad

Garnish (optional)

Instructions

For the chicken skewers

Mix all your chicken ingredients together and marinade for at least 15 minutes but up to overnight.
Thread your chicken pieces onto skewers and grill for a few minutes on each side until golden and cooked through.

For the peanut dipping sauce

Meanwhile add all the sauce ingredients to a pan except the lime juice and GENTLY warm it all through. Do not let it boil because it will separate.
Once it approaches bubbling, keep the heat steady and let it thicken for a few mins, then add the lime. Check for seasoning – depending on your taste it may need more lime, more soy or chili.

For the salad

Mix together the lime juice and the crushed garlic and let it sit for a minute or so - the acid takes away the harshness.
Mix in the fish sauce, sugar and sliced chili.
Toast your peanuts lightly in a frying pan and then crush into small pieces.
Mix together the grated carrot and beansprouts and pour over your dressing. Top with the peanuts just before serving.

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