Fragrant Lemongrass Chicken Satay

CategoryCooking MethodTagsDifficultyBeginner
Yields1 ServingPrep Time40 minsCook Time10 mins
Yields1 ServingPrep Time40 minsCook Time10 mins

These Vietnamese chicken skewers are minced chicken seasoned with Vietnamese herbs and then shaped around stalks of lemongrass. They are then lightly grilled and baked in oven till cooked, which retain the moisture and aroma that flavours the meat beautifully.

Makes six large lemongrass satay skewers | By Chef Syafiq Sharom


 300 g boneless chicken thighs
 300 g boneless chicken breasts
 50 g chicken fat
 20 g diced lemongrass
 20 g minced garlic
 30 g shallots, diced
 4 cm ginger
 5 pcs red spurr chilies
 1 tsp chili powder
 2 tsp turmeric powder
 1 tsp black pepper powder
 1 tsp coriander powder
 1 tsp fennel powder
 200 ml palm oil
 3 stalks lemongrass, cleaned and halved
 4 ice cubes
Wing Beans & Toasted Coconut Salad (Kerabu Urap)
 50 ml cooking oil
 150 g young wing beans, thinly sliced
 100 g ready to use kerisik
 15 g dried chili paste
 50 g long beans, diced
 80 g onion, sliced
 30 g fresh chilies (red & green)
 8 g gula Melaka
Spicy Peanut Sauce (Bumbu Pecal)
 250 g peanuts, roasted and de-skinned
 60 g peanut oil
 3 cloves garlic
 10 g shallots
 5 g cekur (Kaempferia Galanga)
 15 g gula Melaka
 5 pcs red chili padi
 5 pcs large red chilies
 2 g salt
 50 g peanut oil
 6 pieces of lemongrass chicken satay
 3 portions of wing beans & toasted coconut salad
 3 tbsp of spicy peanut sauce
 60 ml hot boiling water
 1 tsp of ABC kecap manis
 few slices of cucumer and green leaves



Cut all parts of chicken to cubes and combine in a bowl.


Place all ingredients except for chicken meat in a Kenwood Food Processor, blend into a fine but granulated paste.


Heat up 100 ml oil in heavy bottom saucepan and saute the blended ingredients over medium heat until fragrant and the oil starts to split from the solids. Off heat and keep cool.


In the same food processor, put in chicken meat, 3 tsp of salt, ice cubes and 3 tablespoons of the paste, blend until combined.


Take around 110 gram of chicken meat and wrap around the bottom of a lemongrass, (do not over compress) repeat this step until all the ingredients are used up.


Heat up 100 ml oil in a frying pan over medium heat and place the lemongrass satay on the heated surface, grill for 5 minutes before flipping to the other sides. Once cooked, keep warm until ready to serve.

Wing Beans & Toasted Coconut Salad (Kerabu Urap)

Heat up oil in a pan and sauté chili paste until fragrant, add in onion and cook until brown, add in kerisik and cook to combine. Next add in all vegetable and palm sugar. Season with salt. (Do not overcook the vegetable because they need to stay fresh and crunchy.)

Spicy Peanut Sauce (Bumbu Pecal)

Sauté garlic, shallots, cekur, red chili padi and red chilies in a pan with peanut oil until lightly browned.


Place all ingredients together with roasted peanuts in a Kenwood blender and blend until extremely fine. Keep in chiller until ready to use.

To Assemble & Garnish

On a round plate, draw a large circle of thin line with ABC kecap manis.


Compress a small cup with salad, and turn the cup over on the plate, remove the cup.


Arrange two lemongrass chicken satay on the centre of the plate.


Mix hot boiling water with spicy peanut sauce and drizzle next to the skewers.


Garnish accordingly and serve warm.

This recipe uses Food Processors

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