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Sri Lankan Sates (Sir Lanka)

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Category: Appetizers, Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • ------------------------------FOR THE CHICKEN------------------------------
  • 1 1/2 lb Chicken breasts; boneless,
  • -skinless
  • 1 tb Sweet or hot paprika
  • 2 ts Ground coriander
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Cloves garlic; minced
  • 3 tb Vegetable oil


3 tb Vegetable oil
1 lg Onion; thinly sliced
1 tb Minced fresh ginger
2 Cloves garlic; minced
1 ts Ground cumin
1 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Hot paprika or cayenne
1/2 ts Ground turmeric
Salt and freshly ground
-black popper; to taste
1 c Coconut milk; canned or
2 ts Distilled white vinegar; or
-more to taste

Rinse the chicken breasts under cold running water, then drain and blot dry
with paper towels. Cut the breasts lengthwise (with the grain) into 2 1/2
inch long strips and place in a large bowl. Add the paprika, coriander,
salt, and pepper, and garlic rubbing into the meat with your fingers. Stir
in the oil to coat thoroughly, cover, and let marinate, in the
refrigerator, for 30 minutes or up to 6 hours (the longer the better).

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Meat the oil in a medium-size saucepan over
high heat. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon
paprika, the turmeric, and salt and black pepper. Saute for 1 minute,
stirring to coat the onion with the seasonings. Reduce the heat to medium
and cook the onion, stirring occasionally, until very soft and a deep
golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and 2 teaspoons
vinegar. Simmer until you have a thick, spoonable sauce, about 5 minutes.
Taste for seasoning, adding salt or vinegar as necessary; the mixture
should be highly seasoned. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Preheat the grill to high. Weave the chicken strips lengthwise onto the
skewers. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate. Arrange the sate's on the
hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, until lightly browned and cooked
through, 1 to 3 minutes per side (2 to 6 minutes in all).

Transfer the sate's to serving plates or a platter and spoon a little sauce
over each. Serve immediately. Makes 40 to 50 sates, enough to serve 6 as an
appetizer; 4 as an entree

ADVANCE PREPARATlON: 30 minutes to 6 hours for marinating the chicken

SPECIAL EQUiPMENT: 40 to 50 short bamboo skewers, soaked to, 1 hour in cold
water to cover and drained

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