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Chicken Satay Pizza - a Slice of Indonesia

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Recently I’ve been staying in Jakarta with friends, and we’ve been mostly eating out in fancy western restaurants, but today we ate street food. The fact that surprised me most was that satays are really Indonesian, and have just been popularized though Thai restaurants. After trying some incredible chicken satays dripping with peanut sauce, I decided to try an interesting fusion with Chicken Satay Pizza. It's amazing.

 

Ingredients:
1 large flour tortilla, or pre-made pizza crusts (I use 365 Organic Whole Wheat pizza crusts)
150g ball fresh mozzarella, sliced.
cilantro
4 tablespoons plain yoghurt (optional)
basil (optional)

 

For curry sauce:
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup curry paste (or you can use pre-made curry sauce, and no coconut milk)
1 Tsp coconut oil (though any veggie oil works)
2 cloves garlic
1 cubed or sliced chicken breast

 

For tomato sauce: (optional, typical store bought works too)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped finely
garlic, to taste, I suggest 1 clove
chilli flakes (optional)

 

Start with the curry sauce. Chop the garlic and cut the chicken. Although some people use cubes, I find that small strips work well and are easier to eat.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Heat a medium sauce pan with the oil and add garlic. Cook until brown.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Add remaining ingredients, mix, and let cool. If you’re using the coconut milk and paste, allow to cool a little first. If you’re using the curry sauce, go straight ahead. When cool, add chicken. Allow uncooked chicken cubes to marinate while you do the rest. About an hour of soaking is optimal. I always put chicken in a zip lock bag to marinate, and shake it up a few times. Although not as pretty, it’s very efficient.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Chop up your tomatoes. How you chop them will affect your sauce. I like a chunky sauce, so I chop very coarsely.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Brown the onions and garlic. Then add in and cook all tomato sauce ingredients together on medium-high heat for about 20 minutes. The final result will not be a smooth sauce, but rather more like a bruschetta. Because it isn’t cooked very long, it can be acidic. If it’s too acidic, add some parmesan cheese and just a bit of sugar (about 1/4 teaspoon). If that fails, add a tiny bit of baking powder.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Heat up a sauce pan on low. Drop in the marinated chicken, cover the pot, and cook until cooked through.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Preheat the oven to 400F. Take out your tortillas, and cover with a thin layer of tomato sauce - you don’t want the tomato to overpower the curry.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Cover with sliced mozzarella and satay chicken.

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

Sprinkle with satay sauce, and stick in oven for 10-15 minutes.

 

When done, sprinkle with oregano, drizzle with yoghurt, and enjoy the feast!

 

Making chicken satay pizza

 

 

 

 

Anne Driscoll is a member of the Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program

 

Photos courtesy and copyright Anne Driscoll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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