Chicken Satay Burger – Savory marinated chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce, zesty red onion and sliced cool cucumber…in a burger. No sticks required!
Chicken Satay is one of the most popular SouthEast Asian dishes known all around the world. Most people recognize satay as marinated meat (usually beef or chicken) that is grilled on a skewer but today, we’re turning it into a delicious and flavorful burger! No skewers needed!
This Chicken Satay Burger recipe is adapted from the Malaysian satay recipe. The prominent spices in this marinade are fresh lemongrass, turmeric, galangal, ground coriander and a hint of cumin. There is also brown sugar to give it a sweet flavor and to help caramelize the meat.
On top of this delicious grilled satay chicken, we have sliced red onions, sliced cucumber and of course, spicy peanut sauce. All of this yummy goodness sandwiched in between hamburger buns.
How to Make Chicken Satay Burger
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The fantastic flavor of the chicken comes from the marinade so we’re going to prepare that first. The longer it marinades, the better the flavor (up to overnight).
Thinly slice 4 stalks of lemongrass. To do this, cut off about half an inch from the root, then finely slice the white-ish portion only.
Put the sliced lemongrass in a food processor or blender. I use the Magic Bullet Blender. It works perfectly for this task.
Add the rest of the marinade ingredients into the food processor:
- 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
- 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric (or 2 cm of fresh turmeric)
- 2 teaspoons of galangal powder (or 1 cm of fresh galangal)
- 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 small shallots
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 1/4 cup of water
Blend until smooth.
Pour the marinade over the chicken (8 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken thigh) and gently massage it into the meat. I suggest wearing disposable gloves for this so that you don’t get your hands stained yellow by the turmeric.
Put a plastic wrap over the chicken and let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
Marinating the chicken overnight is a good solution for an easy meal the next day. It will be full of flavor, and it will only take minutes to put dinner together.
Grill or pan-fry the chicken. It should only take about 2 minutes on each side over medium-high heat.
Now it’s time to assemble the burger! Place the grilled satay chicken on the bottom hamburger bun. Then, placed sliced red onion and sliced cucumber on top of the chicken. Before placing the top hamburger bun on, smear it with Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to make the sauce from scratch, this is the brand of satay sauce I use and recommend:
Serve with french fries, sweet potato fries, potato chips, or shrimp crackers.