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Peanut Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps

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We ’bout ta be so all ovah these satay lettuce wrappies, but first, a quick message from my sponsor (me):

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OOOOOOmmmmmg. I can’t thank you ENOUGH for your incredible response to my little video. You’ve made my head swim, my heart swell, and my armpits sweaty. No like, in a good way. If you’ve not seen it yet, you can peep it rawt har! It’s also permanently on my “About Me” page, which I need to update, now that I’ve looked at it. So yes, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You’re hearted, in a major, major way. (doesn’t that last part kind of remind you of the old Fruity Pebbles commercial theme song? Never mind.)

Okay so who wants to look at a photo of raw chicken in a marinade!? Ugh, why do I do this to you? Thing is, this is such a quick meal, there was very little to shoot in the way of prepping. I guess I could have shown you the actual ingredients that went into the marinade, but that would have made sense. Plus it was cloudy outside with rain on the way and we had just put grass seed down in the front yard so you can clearly see where my mind was.

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Okay so who wants to look at a photo of chicken satays on the grill? Hmmmm mmmmm, gurl. ‘Smore like it. Oh, s’mores! What I wouldn’t do for one of those right now.

Getting off track, Bev.

You should also know something. While you’re grilling these chicken skewers, red bell peppers and onions, guess what you have lightly simmering inside? Just guess. Okay I’ll tell you. A stupid delicious mix of chunky peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, scallions, a little fish sauce (dun be skeered), a jalapeno pepper, and a few other things that will have Mary basically hailing herself.

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Then you nestle the chicken and vegetables inside a stack of tender butter lettuce leaves. And then dollop about 45 tablespoons of that peanut sauce right on top of everything. Garnish each cuppie with a sprig of cilantro. Spritz each thingie with some fresh lime juice.

My name isn’t Bev Cooks if these canoes of splendor don’t make you want to slap someone’s face.

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Your grill just put on giddy pants.

Peanut Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps:

(adapted from Steven Raichlen)

What it took for 6 – 8 lettuce wraps:

for the chicken and marinade:

* 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
* 1/4 cup coconut milk (from a 15 oz can)
* 2 Tbs. fish sauce (or a little less if it’s too potent for you)
* 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
* 2 tsp honey (or brown sugar)
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

for the peanut sauce:

* 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
* 1/3 cup coconut milk
* 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
* 1 large jalapeno pepper, minced (remove the seeds for less spice)
* 1 large clove garlic, minced
* 2 scallions, finely sliced (both white and green parts)
* 2 tsp fish sauce
* 2 tsp honey (or brown sugar)
* 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

the rest:

* 1 red onion, cut into thick strips (that will easily fit on a grill)
* 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into large strips
* 1 head butter or Boston lettuce, rinsed and leaves separated

Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to fully combine. Add the chicken strips, cover and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes and up to two hours.

Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill. Skewer the chicken onto metal or wooden skewers. (if using wood, let them sit in water for 30 minutes before skewing, to avoid catching fire on the grill.)

Place the onions, peppers and chicken satays on the grill. Grill the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side. Grill the peppers and onions until tender, anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.

In the meantime, add the peanut sauce ingredients to a small bowl and simmer on low for about 10 minutes (while the food grills.) Stir often.

Off the grill, cut the peppers into smaller strips. Pull the chicken off the skewers and place them in the lettuce leaves. Add the onions and peppers to the lettuce cups. Top with a good dollop of the peanut sauce. Garnish with cilantro and more lime juice. Ohhhh you don’t even KNOW.

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28 Responses to Peanut Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps

  1. Kathryn April 22, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I somehow managed to miss the video last week – it’s just genius! Congratulations! And these little bites of goodness sound totally amazing.

  2. Tieghan April 22, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Peanut satay!! Oh, I love you!1 This is my meal! I love this meal. I need to make this meal!

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks April 22, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Love peanut sauce and lettuce wraps! And that you made your peanut sauce with coconut milk…mmm!

  4. April @BarbellsandBellinis April 22, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    These look ridiculously good. There is a good possibility that I’ll scrap the plans I had for my chicken tonight and make these. That sauce…

  5. Carly @ Snack Therapy April 22, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    I think you took all of my favorite flavors and rolled them into a piece of lettuce. Except for s’mores. I also love s’mores and they aren’t in on the lettuce wrap fun. That’s okay, though. It’s probably for the best.

  6. Christine (Cook the Story) April 22, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    This looks sooo delicious (well, not the marinating chicken part. Duh). I just realized that I’ve only ever had lettuce wraps in restaurants. I must rectify this immediately. Tonight maybe! Oh no. No lettuce in the house. Maybe tomorrow…Soon!

  7. Ali | Gimme Some Oven April 22, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    YUM! And bravo for making lettuce wraps look photogenic. Mine are always terrible, but yours look incredible!

  8. Ruthy @ omeletta April 22, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Oh how excited I am to get grilling this summer! It’s more of a challenge when you live in nyc, but I’m totally up for it if I whip up some of that satay marinade.

  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Oh the sauce looks great!!! If I had that video I would secretly watch myself throughout the day!

  10. Megan {Country Cleaver} April 22, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Get in my FACE hole!!

  11. Cookbook Queen April 22, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Yum. Yummmm….

    Want. Can you come over and make them for me?

    And also make me a video while you’re here? I’m kind of jelly of the whole video thing.

  12. Amanda April 22, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I love peanut chicken. This looks wonderful :)

  13. dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 22, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    anything that has peanut butter – i will happily gobble it. love this esp for summer :)

  14. Rouge April 22, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Have you thought about doing cooking videos? That would be so awesome .

  15. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    FISH SAUCE. I love it and it makes everything better. Hi.

  16. Anne @The Cooking Campaign April 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I love a good Lettuce Wrap! Can’t wait to try this one!

  17. Erin L April 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    My gawd. I will make ANYTHING that allows me to consume peanut butter & coconut milk in one sitting. …Okay, I will make ALMOST anything that allows me to consume peanut butter & coconut milk in one sitting (my mind just created a very unappealing aspic). Thanks for the great recipe!!

  18. sally @ sallys baking addiction April 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    For as many times as I get lettuce wraps off the menu at my favorite restaurants, I have not once made them for myself at home. I need to change that. This peanut sauce sounds ridic. coconut milk + peanut butter. Insane! :)

  19. Laurie {SimplyScratch} April 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a chicken satay recipe for like EVAH now… think I found it! XOX

  20. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    I would like to have all of this, every day. Pretty please.

  21. April @BarbellsandBellinis April 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Update: I wanted to dive in a do a backstroke through that sauce. Are you kidding me?!? Amazing. I’m thinking of eating my leftovers for breakfast… or in 10 minutes.

  22. Jess April 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Yum Bev – you’re making me want to fire up the grill! I love me some Satay!

  23. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 23, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Can I have these for breakfast?

  24. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion April 23, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Looks yummy!…. can’t wait for dinner tonight!

  25. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 23, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Gimme!! Love the marinade!

  26. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen April 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Gaaaaahhhhhh! Dang.

  27. Nutmeg Nanny April 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Yum! These are wonderful photos :) I am willing to bet these wraps tasted like heaven!

  28. angela@ another bite please May 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    i am so into asian foods now…pinning these to make for dinner…hopefully tonight :-) looks great.

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