Hay Hay It's Chicken Satay for the Next Donna Day

Coconut Cashew Chicken Satay (01) by MeetaK

The year really has started off so well! My sun dried tomatoes and purple basil pesto entry to HHDD #24 was one of the two winning entries. I am sharing the honor with another lovely blogger, Tartasacher of Mil Postres who presented a grand panna cotta with sweet pesto and raspberry sauce. When Joey wrote to me telling me the news I could hardly believe it. But yes - it seems for the first time since the begin of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day! there has been tie.

So, for the first time we decided to have two Donna Hay recipes for you to present. In this 25th session of HHDD you will be creating a savory and a sweet recipe as presented by Donna Hay. I hope you're getting excited about this.

Frutas asadas_360x480 MP While Tartasacher has selected a delicious sugar grilled fruit and cinnamon yogurt (mouthwatering picture to the right), I thought chicken satay skewers would be ideal for a light and easy meal. This makes an incredibly flavorful combination and a great Donna Hay meal.

I liked the chicken satay because it promised to be full of flavor, marinated in coconut milk and ginger. I loved the fact that cashews are used to coat the chicken adding a lovely crunch. Finally, it's light and easy, which currently fits perfectly into my attempt to avoid heavy foods.

The sugar grilled fruit is so deliciously tantalizing. The fruit is pressed into some sugar and then caramelized in a hot pan. Adding to the caramel flavor is the light cinnamon flavored yogurt. Simply irresistible. You'll find the recipe for the sugar grilled fruit and cinnamon yogurt over at Tartasacher's blog.

A note for Vegetarians/Vegans: You can really go crazy with a vegetarian version of the satay. I love a mix of mushrooms: porcini or button mushrooms are just perfect. Or try tofu, which should be incredibly good with the lovely coconut flavor. Allow your fantasy to take control!

As this is a special HHDD event, a few of the guidelines have been modified so please read carefully.

As with each HHDD here are the guidelines for your entries:

hhdd_logo-copy Hay Hay It's Donna Day is open to all food and wine bloggers.

Entries submitted for HHDD must be made specifically for this event, although photos may be submitted to Does My Blog Look Good In This.

The host/s will select, make and  post the original Donna Hay recipe without any changes. Participants may make the same recipe as is, or put their own spin on the recipe by altering the ingredients whilst remaining with the theme or if they prefer to share a well loved recipe within the theme. Entrants must include a link to the host/s and the HHDD facilitator - Bron, in their post.

Entries can be made at any time once the event has been announced but must be posted and emailed to the host by the closing date.

The deadline for your submissions is February 2, 2009.

As we have two hostesses this month with two Donna Hay recipes we ask you to send all your sweet Donna Hay recipes for sugar grilled fruit and cinnamon yogurt to Tartasacher at: milpostres[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

Your savory Donna Hay recipes for chicken satay should be sent to me at:

When emailing your savory submissions to me, please include "HHDD # 25 - Satay Skewers Entry" in the subject line of your email and the following information:

  • Your blog name

  • Your name

  • The URL of blog

  • Your location

  • Your recipe name

  • The URL or the permalink to your entry.

After the deadline all participants will get the opportunity to vote on their favorite dish and one overall winner shall be selected from both the sweet and savory dishes.

So, enough of all those guidelines and now to Donna Hay's recipe for Chicken satay.

Recipe Coconut Cashew Chicken Satay Skewers

(as presented by Donna Hay - Chicken Satay Skewers)

Printable version of recipe here.

Serves 4

½ cup (125ml) coconut milk
1 cup (150g) cashew nuts
½ teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon fish sauce
½ teaspoon chilli flakes
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 x 200g chicken breast fillets, trimmed and sliced
12 bamboo skewers, soaked and drained
¼ cup (60ml) vegetable oil
lime wedges, to serve


  1. Place the coconut milk, cashews, ginger, fish sauce, chilli and soy in a small food processor and process until well combined.

  2. Place the chicken in a bowl, add the coconut milk mixture and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.

  3. Thread the chicken onto the skewers. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the skewers, in batches, for 2−3 minutes each side or until cooked through.



Coconut Cashew Chicken Satay (02) by MeetaK

A flavor explosion! The coconut milk kept the chicken wonderfully tender and succulent. There was just a hint of coconut flavor - you could just taste the bit of exotic without it being overpowering. The best part for me was the coating with the crunchy cashews, which added not only texture but a crunchiness. I served it with a large green salad, which was just perfect for a light and easy lunch!

So, get those thinking caps on and get cooking. Bron, Tartasacher and I are all looking forward to your delectable creations!

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  1. I really love the ease of making and the joy of eating chicken satay! This one looks beautifully spicy and great with a nutty crunch!

  2. Hello Meeta.

    Great Post. I'm my post for this event HHDD 25. Delicious recipe.
    Thank you. My entrie for the event around 23 january. I choice the sweet recipe for my participation. Good luck and enjoy the HHDD 25.

    A great kiss for you

  3. Hi Meeta!

    A gorgeous recipe because I like a lot when is used coconut milk with chicken….I bet it's a total flavor blast...feeling the crunchiness in my mouth :)

    Keep up as always with your scrumptious posts and nice to see you at twitter-land!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  4. Oooh I can't wait to make these, this round is going to be double the fun! Thank you so much Meeta!!

  5. Congratulations, Meeta! And this is another winner, for sure! I think they can be also grilled well.

  6. Wooohooo! I can't wait...great themes and double the fun! :) I'm so excited for this round! You guys are fab hosts :)

  7. bad idea to read`food blogs around lunch time. Worse still to read a blog where the snaps are so damn good that it makes you want to reach out and eat the satay :)

  8. A delicious looking dish! I'm always in awe in front of your magnificent pictures...



  9. I love chicken satay.
    This looks yummy, love the addition of cashews than the nuts.
    Will try to participate.

  10. Such a gorgeous presentation of the dish!!

    **Just as a heads up: I will not be able to comment on blogs as often now, during this semester, due to work overload (I'm stressed already) - PLEASE know that I'm still loyally reading, but just won't have time to comment. I hope you understand!!

  11. Wow this sounds great...if it wasn't for the chicken; however the recipe is really versatile and I plan to try it with tofu, seitan and temepeh to see which one it works best with!

  12. does anyone mail order these things? i mean i will post them on my site.

  13. Hey there Meeta...HHDD is mesmerising this time. Congrats on winning & I'm getting a 'bit' hypnotised into participating. I remember Dharm's delicious satays. Let's see if I can get there.
    xoxoxo Deeba

  14. This is a winner for sure - Way to easy and Yummy not to make it! This is a no excuse dish for sure.. DAMN Good !!

  15. Congrats on your win!

    Both recipes sound delicious.


  16. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of a few food blogging events and this looks like a great way to start!

  17. Congratulations on your Win Meeta..Hope the year continues the same way :-) I've put my thinking cap on. Being vegetarian, the recipe is already cooking in my mind on how to make a veggie version of this....Hmmm..let me think....:-)

  18. What a gorgeous plate of satays...the flavours are truly mesmerising Meeta!

  19. Congrats on winning hhdd!
    I'd have to say that satay is my favorite thing to eat on stick :)

  20. That chicken satay looks really tasty! I would think that a savoury and spicy cashew butter based dipping sauce would go well with it.

  21. Thanks for all your comments and well wishes everyone! I look forward to your entires!

  22. I've never made satay and would love to try it. And your photos are so wonderful - I could eat them!

  23. Oh wow, I am loving this recipe... This is perfect for my diet.. Let me see if I can come up with my own variation... :)

  24. *drool*

    I looove Chicken Satay. You can never go wrong with coconut milk.

  25. Sounds like a real fun event! And thanks for linking to my Satay post too!! :)

  26. Coconut milk and fish sauce can really transform a dish. Especially the fish sauce! They great.

  27. I just mailed you my entry.

  28. good luck for the winning. i have been missing this event for quite some time. can't get my hands once home-schooling is pretty busy. however, i may participate this time with the sweet entry. good luck with the food blog awards.


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