One of my go-to favorite dishes is chicken satay with peanut sauce. This goes well with the Southeast Asian Cucumber Salad from last week’s post, is very easy to make, and is always very popular whenever I serve it to family or friends.
Since coconut milk has a high fat and high saturated fat content, I used light coconut milk to improve the nutritional profile of this dish. For those of you who like numbers — 1 cup of regular coconut milk has about 420 calories, 52 grams of fat and 36 grams of saturated fat, while 1 cup of light coconut milk has about 150 calories, 13.5 grams of fat and 12 grams of saturated fat.
If you are following a heart healthy diet, it’s important to limit the daily intake of saturated fats (and transfats), which is why I made the switch to the light coconut milk for this dish. Chicken Satay also makes a great appetizer when you are having a crowd over for a party — use smaller skewers and less chicken per skewer if you are making them as hors d’oeuvres.