Gado-gado with Chicken sates


I adore chicken sates and gado-gado, both firm favourites from learning Indonesian at school and many many visits to our northern neighbour.  I love gado-gado as a fantastic way of having a filling salad at dinner with plenty left over for lunch the next day.  Here's my recipe, adjust it to suit your favourite veggies.


  • 600 gm, chicken, cubed
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tab lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sml knob of ginger peeled
  • 1-2 fresh red chillis (seeded if you don’t want it too hot)
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 1 tab brown sugar
  • 270ml coconut milk
  • ½ cup 100% crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 handfuls baby spinach
  • 4 soft boiled eggs
  • 6 new potatoes, boiled until soft, about 10 mins
  • 2 carrots
  • big handful of green beans
  • 2 lebanese cucumbers, cut into long batons
  • bean shoots


  1. In a food processor blitz the onion, garlic, ginger, chili. Mix in the tamari, lemon juice and sugar. Add to a ziplock bag with the chicken pieces. Leave to marinate for a couple of hours in the fridge. Soak 12 bamboo skewers.
  2. Prepare your gado-gado salad by assembling the veggies that you like, I’ve included a suggested list in the ingredients, but use the gado-gado to clean up your fridge. You can also include quickly fried firm tofu pieces.
  3. Remove the chicken pieces from marinade (reserve the marinade) and thread onto the skewers.
  4. Pour the reserved marinade into a saucepan, add the coconut milk and peanut butter. Bring to the boil and heat through until thickened. Taste and adjust for lemon juice, tamari and chili.
  5. Barbecue the chicken for 6 minutes or so until they are browned and cooked through. Serve sates with the gado-gado salad.

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