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    Chicken Satay with Mango and Ginger Sambal

    Serves: Serves 4 as a starter


    • 350g skinned chicken breasts
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
    • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon runny honey
    • 2 tablespoons sesame or sunflower oil
    • 12 bamboo skewers, soaked
    • The sambal
    • 1 stalk lemon grass, core of the stem only, finely chopped
    • 1 large, ripe mango, skinned, stoned and finely diced
    • 1 green apple, peeled and finely diced
    • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
    • 3/4 ribbons pickled ginger or 1 teaspoon
    • Fresh ginger cut into fine matchsticks
    • 2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar


    1. Flatten the chicken breasts and place on a board under a sheet of clingfilm, and beat with a rolling pin or the flat of a cleaver or heavy knife then cut into neat ribbons. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and leave to marinate in a cool place for an hour.
    2. Preheat the grill, or, if you are using a charcoal barbecue, light it and let the flames die down before you start cooking, so that you don't scorch the meat. And if you are using wooden skewers, don't forget to soak them, otherwise they will impart an unpleasant charred flavour to your satay. Meanwhile, combine the sambal ingredients and set aside.
    3. Thread the marinated chicken ribbons onto the soaked bamboo skewers, squashing them up a little to allow for shrinkage, which may occur during the cooking process.
    4. Grill fiercely, turning once, till the meat is perfectly cooked through for 3/4 minutes per side should be about right. The honey caramelises most deliciously. Serve with the sambal on the side and accompany with plain cooked rice, Thai jasmine would be ideal, or rice noodles.

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