Hummus-marinated Chicken Satay

Make hummus the star of the show instead of just a side dish.

Hummus-Marinated Chicken Satay
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It’s fair to say that everyone loves hummus these days, but there’s more you can do with it besides dipping pita chips and vegetables. For example, here’s a take on an East Asian favorite, chicken satay, where the hummus is used as a marinade to provide a big, bold flavor profile.

Recipe and photo courtesy Julia Mueller of The Roasted Root.

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  • For the chicken skewers:
  • .75 to 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into long strips
  • ½ cup hummus
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • For the Peanut Sauce:
  • ½ cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • For Serving:
  • Roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro

Prepare the peanut sauce: Add all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce to a blender, and blend until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use. Note: Sauce will thicken as it sits in the refrigerator.

Prepare the chicken: Blend the hummus, coconut milk, curry powder, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the chicken strips and the marinade to a zip-lock bag (or sealable container), and refrigerate at least 15 minutes, up to 12 hours.

Thirty minutes before you’re ready to grill, soak six wooden skewers for 30 minutes to ensure they don’t burn while on the grill (you can also use metal skewers). Pat the skewers dry, thread the chicken strips onto the skewers, and place the skewers on a plate.

Spray or brush your grill with olive oil so that the chicken doesn’t stick. Preheat the grill to medium heat (about 350°F to 375°F), leaving the grill covered while it’s heating.

Place the chicken skewers onto the hot grill and cover. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until grill marks appear. Use tongs to carefully flip the skewers and grill another 1 to 2 minutes. Continue grilling and flipping every minute or so until chicken is cooked through, and no pink shows when you cut into the meat.

Transfer chicken skewers to a serving platter and serve with chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, and peanut sauce.