5 January 2014

Thai Chicken Satay Bowl

It's a whole new year and resolutions have been made. One of mine is to read more books. I mean actually read the books from start to end instead of reading the first twenty pages then putting them down forever. Another resolution that both Alex and I intend to stick to is not pigging out as much at the weekends; less strict than our mid-week diet but with fewer unnecessary Dominos pizzas and processed snacks. 

Casting aside the local Thai takeaway menu, last night I made us a Thai Chicken Satay Bowl. Based on a Gizzi Erskine recipe, this is a lower fat but delicious alternative to the Thai chicken curry. It's made with grilled chicken, fresh vegetables and even the sauce - made with half fat coconut milk - isn't sinful. Served in a large bowl together with brown rice, it's a fantastic sharer that is sure to keep you full all evening.

Here's what you will need:
4 skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

10g flour
10g butter
60g mild curry paste
400g half fat coconut milk
400g chicken stock
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp palm sugar
2 tbsp low fat yoghurt
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 kaffir leaves

150g brown rice, cooked to pack instructions

Handful of coriander leaves
Handful of peanuts
4 spring onions, shredded
1/2 small cucumber, shredded
80g mange tout, steamed

Serves 2-3 

1. Rub the chicken thighs in the curry powder and salt then set aside. Get the rice boiling to packet instructions.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan then mix in the flour. Cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes. 

3. Add the curry paste and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring, then add the coconut milk, stock, peanut butter, palm sugar, yoghurt, fish sauce and kaffir leaves. Stir as you bring the sauce to the boil then simmer until thickened. If any lumps form, whisk quickly over heat until smooth.

4. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan or griddle then add the chicken thighs. Grill for around 10 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside to rest for a few minutes before cutting them into quite big chunks.

5. Put the peanuts in a saucepan and toast for around 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, crush them with the end of a rolling pin and mix into your sauce, keeping some back. Prepare your vegetables and herbs.

6. Drain the rice and transfer to the bowl. Arrange the chicken, sauce, herbs and vegetables around the bowl topping the sauce with the remaining toasted peanuts. 

Serve and enjoy! A guilt-free, nutritious weekend meal!

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  1. Dear Caroline, I love Thai food too, but the best diet is to live a few months in Thailand. I lost always some weight cause of the delicious fresh sea food, tom yams and rice. Best, Rob

  2. This looks and sounds incredible! Thank you for sharing xx

  3. Now doesn't that look yummy! I'll have to put it on the "to cook" list!

  4. This looks absolutely delicious! You are such a perfectionist when it comes to plating up - it looks so worth it. Incredibly jealous of this right now!

    Katie <3

  5. That looks incredible! Suspect it might change my life a little bit...will let you know!
    M x Life Outside London

  6. Delicious, to the shops immediately! Can't wait to try this :)

    Ella x

  7. Looks amazing! Can't wait to see if it tastes as amazing as your photos are x

  8. This looks sooo good! Definitely gonna give it a try :) x


  9. Mmmm chicken, tasty sauce and greens is always a sure winner for me :)
    x x x
    The Lobster & Me

  10. Ooh this recipe is well timed for my own cook-more new year's resolution! I made a half-year resolution last summer to read more, and found it helped to train myself to read little and often - I used to wait until I had a whole weekend or holiday to get stuck into a book, but then realised that I hardly ever had a whole weekend or holiday, so started reading on the bus/waiting room/just before I fall asleep - it's been working so far!

  11. Oh my gosh, this looks UHMAZING. I'm so in love with satay sauce, definitely definitely going to try this!

  12. Caroline that looks so delicious, and right up my street!
    I made something similar ages ago, but forgot to write down what I used. This seems like a good one to use next time =)

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  13. This looks absolutely divine! Please keep posting more recipes :)


  14. ok, this is right up my street. bookmarked! x

  15. This looks amazing! I visited Thailand in November and I really miss the food - this might just satisfy my cravings! x

  16. Oh yum! This looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe.

  17. This looks gorgeous, Caroline! I love Thai food and you've plated it up beautifully xx

  18. This recipe looks delicious! I've been looking for some fun low-calorie recipes after the holidays and this fits the bill perfectly! x


  19. Oh my word this looks so good will have to bookmark this recipe.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog


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