My favorite time of the year in Berlin has finally come and it is time to get the grill out! Grilling is one of the healthiest ways of cooking, and I found there is a certain simplicity in the taste of the grilled food. I remember when I was little, there were many street vendors in Macau selling grilled food on skewers, cooked on a tiny rectangular charcoal grill. My mother often bought those for us as snacks. I love the smell and the memory of us holding the skewers, and eating them nowadays is truly nostalgic and comforting!
Grilling or barbecuing is also a great way to gather socially and to share food that has little intervention. Whenever we have guests around in the summer, we love to barbecue. It feels very cozy when the smell of the grilled food and the burning charcoal mixes with the chit chat of our friends.
Well, yesterday we had a very simple grill dinner. I made chicken satay – chicken pieces marinated in a sauce made of peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic and lime juice. I added pineapple pieces to give the whole dish a little twist. It is so simple to make and it is so delicious! This dish will be enjoyed not only by kids but the whole family!
(makes 6-7 skewers)
For the chicken skewers:
- 250g boneless chicken thigh, preferable organic (you can use chicken breast if you prefer), cut in small easy-to-eat pieces (just to remember, the bigger the pieces the longer they cook.)
- Handful of fresh pineapple pieces
- Runny honey for drizzling or brushing
- Wooden skewers
For the marinade:
- 1 heap tbsp. good quality peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
Put the wooden skewers in a tray of cold water to soak for 15 minutes (this will prevent them from burning during cooking). Put the chicken pieces in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all the marinade ingredients until you get a smooth paste, now please have a taste, it should be slightly too salty, so that the meat tastes perfect after being marinated. Add the paste to the chicken pieces, and leave them marinated for at least 30 minutes. Then thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers (it is a bit time consuming at this stage, but smaller chicken pieces are easier for kids to eat, and it cooks quicker!). At the end, put a piece of pineapple at the top of the skewer (see picture) – or you can put more pineapple pieces on the skewer alternating between chicken and pineapple pieces.
Put the chicken skewers on a hot barbecue or under the grill in the oven (on full setting) for about 15-20 minutes (turning the skewers in between) until golden and cooked through. Drizzle (or brush) honey on the skewers and grill for about another 5 minutes.
To serve, arrange the chicken skewers on a platter with cold cucumber and carrot slices (or other salad that your kid likes). For younger children, serve the chicken and pineapple pieces without the skewers.
Tips: You can easily double the amount of the ingredients for a bigger serving, but be easy on the soy sauce, gradually adding it little amount at a time to achieve the best seasoning.