We all have chefs or home cooks that we follow because we like their style of cooking. It speaks to us, it inspires us and it makes us hungry.
My love affair with Jamie Oliver began when his first shows as the Naked Chef came on TV. His whimsy, easy peasy style of cooking simple meals with so much flavour really inspired. I received one of his cook books, Meals in Minutes one year for Christmas. After book marking nearly every page, I made one of his chicken recipes. Notably the chicken skewers with a peanut sauce recipe. After making it a few times, it quickly became one of our favourites. So much so we change it up every time we make it and it’s known in our family as chicken satay with sassy noodles & peanut sauce. We serve it in lettuce wraps with this Sassy Noodle Salad and everyone devours it.
The first time I made this recipe I used too much red chile and it was spicy!! So spicy the kids had a hard time with it. I’ve toned down the amount of red chile used since then. Even 1/2 a red chile can be too spicy so you may want to start with just a simple thin slice or two of the red chile for just that hint of heat.
The chicken goes onto the skewers in fairly large chunks so I slice them into thinner slices after they are cooked and before I serve them allowing this meal to easily feed six of us. The peanut sauce packs a flavourful punch and is a must try. It’s not for everyone, but do drizzle it on and see what you think.
Here’s how we did it: