Cookie Notti Crunchy Chicken Satay, takes a sweet cookie spread made by Penotti, and combines it with Asian flavors and texture to create a beautiful balance between sweet and savory, adding in the char of grilling and the moist and succulence of organic and humanely raised chicken. The end result, simply delicious!
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Cookie Notti Crunchy Chicken Satay, has beautiful hints of lemongrass, coconut, and curry and so much more with this wonderful somewhat sweet hint and crispy bit texture coming from a cookie spread made by Penotti called Cookie Notti Crunchy.
[This post is sponsored by Penotti Canada. We received compensation in money and product in exchange for a series of original recipes. As always, all opinions are our own.]
Cookie? We automatically envision that round shape, with maybe a crunch or chewy texture or even both. Imagine a cookie that you love ground up and moistened to become a soft velvety spread that you could put on a slice of your favorite bread or even a slice of apple, the options endless, would that not be amazing? Add in that it could be organic and natural, would you not want to give that to your kids? I would think so! I have great news for you: we found a company, Penotti, that makes that very thing offering a wide variety of cookie and chocolate spreads that are out of this world good, ranging from their Organic/Bio Hazelnut spread, Cookie Notti spread, Duo Penotti Hazelnut and Caramel spread, Duo Penotti Cookies and Milk, and the one I am using in the recipe today Cookie Notti Crunchy to create the wonderful chicken satay. If you have not tried cookie spreads, I highly recommend trying Penotti and the various spreads they have, they truly are a brand with a choice! Penotti products can be found at the following Canadian locations; Walmart, Loblaw, Safeway, Sobeys, Metro Quebec, London Drugs, Buy Low, Federated Co-op, Whole Foods, and 7-11.
It is not anything new that I am a fan of Asian food. It started years ago when my uncle introduced our family to Chinese cuisine. I loved the name of the place, it was called The Rickshaw. I was hooked, I loved the flavors, the variety of dishes, and the wonderful colors, it was an experience that truly inspired me and my journey into the world of Asian foods began!
We were asked by Penotti to create some interesting recipes using their spreads. One product in particular really caught my attention the Cookie Notti Crunchy. I loved that it was creamy yet had these nice little crispy bits that would just pop in flavor in your mouth. Immediately I had satay in my mind, that crunch and the flavor of those Speculoos cookies which are hugely popular in Europe hosting a wonderful buttery, nutty taste with a hint of cinnamon. My thinking that this profile would marry so well with some Asian spice and heat of red chilis. Off to the market to get some wonderful organic chicken breast, and with most of the other ingredients in the pantry and fridge, we are ready to get this Cookie Notti Crunchy Chicken Satay started!
One thing with satays is that the marination of the protein is vitally important to get those flavors elevated. Coconut milk, curry, lemongrass just to mention a few, are blended of course with a little of the Cookie Notti Crunchy and the chicken breast gets a nice massage making sure it is well coated with this combination of spices and flavors. Another good thing to do is get those bamboo skewers soaking in water. This will aid in them not burning and falling to ashes on the grill. If you have steel skewers no need to soak, which is obvious, lol. I like the look of the bamboo, it sets the Asian theme and mood well. So chicken marinating, I suggest a few hours or even overnight if possible. Time to get that grill hot and greased or if you have one, use a grilling sheet like I have and you can see in the picture below. This one is made by Cookina, and it works amazingly, that is for sure!
The grill is hot, and the chicken is skewered, let's get these Cookie Notti Crunchy Chicken Satay on the bbq!
You can only imagine the smell coming off the grill, the zestiness of the lemongrass and ginger, that wonderful curry and a sweet nutty scent from the cookie spread, I want to just slide a morsel off and taste it. Those char marks are making my mouth water, but taste testing will have to wait, I have to get to the sauce that will grace the surface of this Chicken Satay! I would do this on the bbq so you can tend to both and make sure the skewers will not burn. I get a small saucepan, fire up the side burner or just put it right on the grill on low heat, that is if your bbq does not have a side burner. What's that you don't have a barbeque, well that's not going to stop us; take out a grilling pan or even a nice cast iron pan. If you do not have those get a baking sheet, we are not going to let these skewers slip us by. So back to our saucepan. In goes some sesame oil and red chili flakes, the Cookie Notti Crunchy, a touch of light and sweet soy, some fish sauce, rice vinegar for some punch, lemongrass, and ginger of course, and a few other things plus a touch of water to get it to the right consistency. To finish it off some crushed peanuts and that's it, done! The chicken is cooked and with a thermometer we are reading around 165 degrees F. These babies are ready to be taken off. A nice drizzle of our Cookie Notti Crunchy sauce and we are ready to sample!
I am an artist at heart and I want to give some color to this plate, a quick chop of some tender butter leaf lettuce and a slivering of red pepper, a splash of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar and our garnish is complete. What do you think? Does it look smashingly good? Let's see!
Oh wow, my mouth is exploding with levels of flavor. The chicken with its nicely charred crispy bits so moist so succulent. The flavor of the curry with its sweet spicy sultriness, and the ginger and lemongrass spiking the profile beautifully has my mouth dancing. I love the way the Cookie Notti Crunchy just waltzes in and soothes the heat of the chili, and the combination of that light crispy of the bits in the cookie spread and those morsels of crunch from the peanuts balance the textures well offering a little playfulness to the mix. I am just loving these and I think you will too.
If Asian is your thing and you love being outside cooking, these Cookie Notti Crunchy Satay are perfect. If it is too cold, then enjoy the warmth of your kitchen, the aroma of this chicken satay will transport you to somewhere exotic and warm; speaking of warm, the spice of the chilis and curry do a wonderful job warming you from the inside out, just thought I would mention that, lol!
Thanks Penotti for the wonderful products, they are truly amazing and have inspired me greatly!
P.S: Remember: cooking is about love, passion and most of all having fun and bringing smiles to people's faces.