It’s a lazy Sunday.  I didn’t play golf.  I’m suffering from golfer’s elbow.  I didn’t hit the ball right. I hit the ground a lot before my club hit the ball, and now my elbow hurts like hell.  That’s the price of not being a good golfer.  It looks so easy when I saw professional golfers hit their balls on TV, it is really a very difficult thing to learn to swing the club right.  I’m resting at home today. I started my cooking early.  I made chicken on a stick for lunch and ate some of the leftover Singapore Noodles that I made last night.  I’ve been thinking about chicken on a stick for a while since I watched Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods episode in Japan.  He learned how to make the Japanese version of chicken on a stick.  I missed this dish too.  Instead of the Japanese version, I missed more of the Malaysian chicken on a stick, Chicken Satay that is served with peanut sauce.  Every time I had Malaysian food, I would order half a dozen of combo satays (6 sticks) that had 2 beef, 2 chicken and 2 pork.  They were served with peanut sauce and pickled cucumber.  What a great appetizer to start a meal. YUM.

Put seasoned chicken meat on a stick
Put seasoned chicken meat on a stick
Grill chicken on a stick
Grill chicken on a stick
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients (Make about 6 sticks):

  • Chicken meat, 1 pound (boneless, I used chicken fingers breast meat. You can use thigh meat too)
  • Soy sauce, 1 tsp
  • Ginger, 3 slices
  • Garlic, 1 clove
  • Chicken powder, 1 tsp
  • Cooking oil, 1 tsp
  • Bamboo skewers, about 6 or 7 sticks (or you can use the metal skewers)

Peanut sauce:

  • Chunky peanut butter, 1 cup
  • Brown sugar, 2 Tbsp
  • Hot chili sauce, 1 tsp
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • Honey, 3 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, 1 Tbsp
  • Hot water, ½ cup
  • Lime, 1


Pickled Cucumber (Optional):

  • Cucumber, 1
  • Vinegar, 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar, 1 Tbsp
  • Salt, a dash
  • Water, 2 Tbsp



  1. If you are using the bamboo skewers, soak them in water first.  They will not get burnt.
  2. Finely chop 1 clove of garlic and ginger.  Put both in a big mixing bowl.
  3. 1 tsp of soy sauce, 1 tsp of chicken powder into the bowl.
  4. Cut chicken into cubes like 1.5 inches.  Put the chicken cubes into the mixing bowl.  Mix them well with the seasoning.  Add a tsp of cooling oil to the mixture.  Mix it well.  Cover the mixing bowl with a lid or plastic wrap, and let it marinated in the fridge for at least 20 mins.  I also tried the lazy person’s version of not cutting the chicken at all, ie just put the whole piece on a stick. They didn’t cook as nice as the ones that are cut.  See the picture.
  5. Prepare the pickled cucumber if you are getting fancy:  Peel the cucumber, remove big seeds if there are any.  Cut cucumber into small cubes like 2 cm long.  Add vinegar, sugar, water, and a pinch of salt to the cucumber. Mix them well.  Let it get marinated for at least 20 mins in a refrigerator.
  6. Prepare the sauce: mix all the sauce ingredients in a small serving bowl.  Cut the lime in halves and squeeze the juice in.  Mix it well.
  7. When the chicken is marinated.  Put chicken cubes in the skewers.
  8. Start the grill.  Cook the chicken for 5 -7 minutes on one side.  Flip it over to cook the other side for another 5-7 minutes or until it is fully cooked.
  9. Serve hot with the peanut sauce.

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