Some say that the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Others advise you to treat ’em mean to keep them keen. I like to incorporate both schools of thought in this recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day. It’s also a great test for weeding out potential mates – never trust anyone who can’t handle the heat!
I adapted this recipe from the Indonesian Chicken Satay offered at Rice in Manchester. It’s also a great way to sweat out a hangover.
In a saucepan or wok, heat up some sesame oil on a high heat. Add the chopped onions, frying until they are clear. Turn down the heat, and add the chillies and diced chicken. If necessary, start to boil the noodles – certain varieties can be popped in straight from the packet towards the end.
For this recipe, I used four green chillies. My objective, however, was to make my boyfriend shed a single tear with his first bite – I recommend one or two chillies to give the dish a nice kick for normal, caring human beings.
As the chicken starts to brown, add the soy sauce, satay sauce and the most important part – sriracha. The spicyness of the sriracha really complements the sweet peanut in the satay sauce – if you aren’t a fan of the heat, however, use sriracha sparingly. Remember to add half a cup of water if you are using a concentrated satay sauce, as I did for this recipe.
Thoroughly coat each piece of chicken with the sauce, and keep adding soy and satay to taste. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes.
Once the noodles are done, take the chicken off of the heat and stir in the noodles, coating each strand with the sauce.
Serve with a cold beer or a glass of milk. This dish is approximately 425 calories per serving.