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This is a recipe I developed myself after having various "not quite satisfactory" satay chicken dishes in Chinese restaurants. I found they were either too peanutty, not hot enough, bland or in some other way not quite right. So after a few experiments I ended up with this. Enjoy!
- 4 skinless chicken breasts, and cubed
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 large onion
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 -2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (lazy) or 2 -3 fresh red chilies, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons mushroom soy sauce or 4 tablespoons mushroom ketchup
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- 300 ml hot water
- peanut oil
- sesame oil
- Preparation: Chop/grind half the peanuts in a blender to a powder.
- Roughly chop or crush the rest.
- Roughly chop the green pepper and finely chop the onion.
- Put the chicken into a bowl, pour over 1 tbs of sesame oil and stir.
- Add 1 tsp salt, peanuts, crushed chilli and black pepper and mix with 2 tbs of mushroom soy sauce, and 1 tbs of groundnut oil.
- Put aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
- Put the cider vinegar, 2 tbs mushroom soy, tomato puree, brown pepper, ½ tsp salt into a mixing jug.
- Mix the cornflour with a little cold water and add half of this to the sauce.
- Cooking: Heat some groundnut oil in a wok to a fairly high heat (not quite smoking).
- Add the chilli powder and very quickly the finely chopped onion.
- (If you don't add the onion quickly enough the chilli powder will burn and spoil the recipe!) Fry until the onion is very soft and almost starting to caramelize.
- Add some more groundnut oil to the wok and allow to heat.
- Add the green pepper, increase the heat and stirfry for 1 minute.
- Add a little more oil and then add the chicken mixture.
- Stirfry for two minutes or until the chicken is well sealed.
- Add the hot water to the sauce in the mixing jug and pour into the wok.
- Cook for a further 2 minutes or until the chicken is firm.
- Adjust the thickness of the sauce to taste with more cornflour or hot water and turn out into a warmed serving bowl.
- Finally, drizzle a little more sesame oil over and fold in.