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Sate Ayam Madura - Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Iconic Indonesian chicken satay complete with spicy peanut sauce dressing that just as good as those you find in Indonesia, so what are you waiting for?

Sate ayam Madura is probably what comes to most people’s mind when sate/satay is mentioned. Indonesia has a lot of sate/satay varieties, but this is the default when no other additional information is supplied. Most people enjoyed sate ayam Madura with a side of lontong as a complete meal. If you order a plate of nasi goreng (fried rice), most places will give you one or two skewers of sate ayam to go with your nasi goreng.

Sate Ayam Madura - Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Sate Ayam Madura - Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

What is sate ayam and what do you need to make sate at home?

Sate/satay is Indonesian skewered dishes, typically meat. Ayam is Indonesian for chicken. So, sate ayam is simply, skewered chicken.

What do you need to prepare Indonesian sate ayam?

For the sate ayam (chicken satay), you will need:

  • chicken thigh meat
  • kecap manis/Indonesian sweet soy sauce
  • oil
  • bamboo skewers

It is best if you can soak the bamboo skewers overnight before threading the meat and grilling. Soaked skewers are less prone to burning, especially if you decide to grill your satay in an oven.

For the saus kacang (spicy peanut sauce), you will need:

  • toasted/roasted peanut
  • candlenuts
  • red chilies. Use Fresno/cayenne chilies for a milder sauce, and bird-eye chilies for a hotter sauce.
  • palm sugar, or substitute with dark brown sugar
  • salt
  • water
Sate Ayam Madura - Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Sate Ayam Madura - Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

How do you cook sate/satay?

Whether you are buying satay from street vendors or from a restaurant, your sate/satay will always be cooked with a charcoal grill. Of course, that is also the best way to prepare satay at home, especially during summer months when the weather is just perfect for some outdoor grilling. For any other time, you can grill satay indoor too, such as:

  • with a grill pan on a stovetop
  • under the broiler in an oven

Regardless of grilling choice, here is what you need to do.

  1. Prepare the peanut sauce. Grind together peanuts, candlenuts, and chilies. Then transfer this to a saucepot along with the rest of sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens. Set aside.
  2. Grill the satay. Marinate chicken with kecap manis, oil, and 150 gram of the peanut sauce for 30 minutes. Thread/skewer the marinated chicken with bamboo skewers. Then grill until chicken is cooked and slightly charred, baste with marinating sauce as needed.

What do you serve with sate ayam?

The grilled chicken satay is usually served immediately with the peanut sauce and its accompaniments. Some popular accompaniments for sate include:

  • kecap manis
  • fresh lime juice
  • deep fried shallots (Indonesian: bawang goreng)

The most popular choice of carb for sate is usually lontong/steamed rice cakes. But you can serve sate with steamed white rice, or Indonesian fried rice/nasi goreng too.

Sate Ayam Madura - Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Ingredients:

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • Peanut Sauce
  • 250 gram peanut, toasted/roasted
  • 3 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 6 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting) (*)
  • 4 tablespoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 600 ml water
  • Satay
  • 600 gram chicken thigh meat, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (**)
  • 4 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • bamboo skewers (about 20)
  • Accompaniments
  • sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • lime wedges (Indonesian: jeruk nipis)
  • deep-fried shallots (Indonesian: bawang goreng)

Instructions

  • Peanut Sauce
    1. In a food processor, grind together peanuts, candlenuts, and chilies.
    2. Transfer to a saucepot along with the rest of the peanut sauce ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking until the sauce thickens. Turn off heat.
  • Satay
    1. Place chicken, sweet soy sauce, oil, and 150 gram of peanut sauce in a mixing bowl. Mix together and marinate for 30 minutes.
    2. Skewer the marinated chicken with bamboo skewers. Grill/broil until cooked and slightly charred, baste with marinating sauce as needed.
    3. Serve the satay with peanut sauce and accompaniments.

Notes

  • (*) Use bird eye chilies for spicier peanut sauce
  • (**) Chicken thigh is juicier, but you can also use chicken breast
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Comments

  • Carlos At Spoonabilities Carlos At Spoonabilities says:

    Hello Anita, Thank you for the recipe. I'm printing the recipe right now.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are most welcome Carlos.

  • Jean Ferrat Jean Ferrat says:

    Hello Anita, thank you for the recipe, i will share this satay with my family in law. Lets hope they'll finally love me. I love your recipes, its......out of this world.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Jean, I'm sure they love you, and will definitely love you even more with all your cooking efforts! :)

  • Jas @ All that's Jas Jas @ All that's Jas says:

    That looks perfectly delicious! I like how easy it is to make!

  • Sara Welch Sara Welch says:

    What a fun and tasty dish! Adding this to my dinner line up for the week, indeed!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    This was even better than the restaurants! The marinade and peanut sauce was so good! Will be making this again!

  • Colleen Colleen says:

    I love satay and peanut sauce, and this recipe looks so delicious and authentic. I am saving to make soon. Thank you!

  • Erika Erika says:

    This chicken satay looks awesome and the peanut sauce sounds great.

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