Clean Thai chicken satay skewers

Clean Thai chicken satay skewers

Clean Thai chicken satay skewers – gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and clean.

I’m obsessed with Thai food.

In fact the selling point of my trip to Thailand in 2007 was the promise of authentic Thai dishes to feast on. The perfect amount of heat, spice and bold flavours were a delightful upgrade to the mild, Westernised dishes I was used to back home. It made my holiday that much more memorable.

 

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Ready to eat (again) on Phi Phi island, Thailand. It’s all about the food.

 

My favourite Thai restaurant back home was Doy Tao located in Newtown. Gauranteed great food and reasonably priced, dinner at Doy Tao was always time well spent, especially when our smorgasboard of shared Thai delights had only cost us a measly $15 per person. No wonder the place was always packed out.

I felt as if I’d hit the jackpot when I moved to Sutherland years later and found Doy Tao right across the road from my house. I lost count of the amount of takeaways and eat in dinners I’d had there.

In fact, such was my obsession that one of the managers I worked with surprised me with a Thai lunch in one of the meeting rooms on my birthday one year. The room was decked out with Thai furnishings and dinnerware she had brought in from home and to really get the Thai ambiance flowing: Thai music playing on an iphone.

As much as I love my Thai food, it’s not what you could call “health food” nor is it something we should eat every day. Apart from the huge cost of getting Thai takeout all the time, lots of unhealthy oil and an abundance of sugar is used to make these dishes. I’m sure you’ve seen the oil swimming at the top of some take away containers.

Today’s recipe is a simple dish which holds happy memories from my dinners at Doy Tao. I adapted the recipe from a lamb satay dish found in my old Women’s Weekly Thai cooking mini cookbook. I’ve used free range chicken breast plus clean, 2 ingredient peanut butter for the sauce (peanuts and sea salt). Peanuts have long been given a bad rap and this is because they are often roasted in carcinogenic oils or have unclean ingredients added to them in recipes. You can find 2 ingredient peanut butter in any health food shop. If you can only find 1 ingredient peanut butter, then simply add some sea salt or Himalayan salt to the dish at the end as per your preference.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Love, Tash x

Why this is so good for you

Free range chicken is hormone free, chemical free, antibiotic free, higher in omega 3 than regular chicken, and richer in taste. Great for muscle growth and development, keeps bones strong, boost the immune system, lowers the risk of developing arthritis, helps soothe pms symptoms, helps to regulate testosterone levels in men, and reduces the risk of heart attack.

Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Lemongrass relieves stomach disorders, helps reduce insomnia, helps relieve respiratory disorders, relieves fevers, aches and infections, treats type 2 diabetes, protects the nervous system, detoxifies the body, helps eliminate accrued fats, helps prevent cancer and helps provide relief from nasal blockages, flu and bronchitis.

Cumin helps asthmatics, diabetics, helps fight cancer, aids digestion, helps relieve constipation, helps relieve insomnia, helps fight viral infections, boosts the immune system, helps fight anemia, promotes healthy, beautiful skin and helps remove toxins from the body.

Chillies fight sinus congestion, aid digestion, help relieve migraines, muscle, joint and nerve pain, control blood pressure and aid in metabolism for weight loss.

Peanuts reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, help prevent colon and stomach cancer, reduce the development of gallstones and provide protection against Alzheimer’s Disease,

Coconut sugar  is a natural, unrefined sweetener that’s not addictive like refined white sugar. It aids in digestive health and is low GI so it won’t spike your blood sugar levels and make you feel lethargic later on.

Limes  improve digestion, relieve constipation, cure scurvy, help combat diabetes, lower blood pressure, prevent heart attack, heart disease and strokes, help heal peptic and oral ulcers, help relieve arthritis; and help cure prostate and colon cancer.

Coriander promotes liver function and bowel movement, lowers blood sugar levels, helps treat Alzheimer’s disease, helps protect the body from lung and cavity cancers, helps relieve arthritis, cures mouth ulcers, stimulates memory, helps remove heavy metals from the body  and helps cure anemia.

 

Clean Thai chicken satay skewers

Yield: 12 skewers (with 4 cubes of chicken on each)

* Soak bamboo skewers in cold water for about an hour before using so they don't burn

* I used about 12 skewers but had 4 cubes of chicken on each one. If only using 3 cubes per skewer you may need 15 skewers

* If using sweetener other than coconut sugar, test as you go as other sweeteners may be stronger than coconut sugar. Try 1 - 2 tablespoons first and then adjust according to preference.

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo chicken breast fillets, cubed (3 cm x 3 cm pieces)
  • Fine Himalayan sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass (white part only)
  • 1 large, long red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped (I left some seeds in as I like some heat)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free chicken stock (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 cup smooth organic peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (I used about 1 medium lime)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Optional: To serve - chopped peanuts and a squeeze of lime

Instructions

  1. Thread cubed chicken onto skewers. Season with salt and pepper and cook, in batches in a large frying pan or place under griller.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small saucepan and cook lemongrass, chilli and cumin, stirring until fragrant.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil, stirring. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  4. Place skewers on a plate with the sauce drizzled over the top. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top and add a squeeze of lime.
  5. Serve with brown rice, quinoa or vegies (or enjoy them on their own!)
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