Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Whatever happened to the lazy days of summer?  As the weather warms up it seems like we get busier than ever.  So having a few quick and easy meals on the menu becomes even more of a necessity.  This easy chicken satay is a great summer “go-to” meal.  It’s light and healthy, and so simple to pull together.  And another great reason to love it – it’s perfect for entertaining friends.  You can make a little or a lot with very little time or effort.

The prep work is minimal;  just mix together a few ingredients for a marinade and let the chicken soak up the flavor for a few hours in the fridge.  Since we had targeted quite a few projects to finish in the yard this weekend I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be in the mood to work hard for dinner too.  So I threw the chicken in the marinade when we took our lunch break.  At dinner time the grill did most of the work, and pretty quickly I might add.  All I had to do was flip the chicken over once.  Making the sauce only requires a few good stirs to achieve optimal dipping consistency.  So what do you get in return for your avoidance of putting forth any effort at all?  One very impressive meal.  The chicken is tender, juicy, and flavorful all on its own.  You might even think you don’t need the sauce.  Until you actually taste it, that is.  I could eat that stuff with a spoon I love it so much.  It’s deeply savory and complex with a flash of tartness from the fresh lime juice.  It’s what takes this meal from just good grilled chicken to something special.  I put my “make a little or a lot” theory to the test this weekend and threw in some extra chicken so I could use it in a salad or two for lunch during the week.   But next time I’ll have to remember to make extra extra chicken, since we couldn’t stop ourselves from having “just one more”.

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