red or green Thai curry paste (red paste is hotter)
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into strips
natural chunky peanut butter
English cucumber, cut into thin half-moons
finely chopped shallot
seeded and finely chopped jalapeño chile pepper
coarsely chopped lightly salted peanuts
chopped fresh cilantro leaves
26 bamboo skewers
In a small bowl whisk the coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon curry paste until thoroughly mixed. If you would like more heat and flavor, add additional curry paste. Place the chicken strips in a medium bowl and cover with half of the coconut milk mixture (about 240 milliliters). Toss to coat, and then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Marinate, refrigerated, for 1 hour or overnight.
Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
Place the remaining coconut milk mixture in a small saucepan with the peanut butter and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat on the stove, and then reduce the heat to low and gently simmer for 3 minutes, whisking often. Cool. Pour into a serving bowl.
In a medium bowl whisk the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until the sugar dissolves. Add the cucumber, shallot, and jalapeño and toss well to coat. Let the salad sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Pat the excess marinade off the chicken strips with a paper towel. Brush the chicken strips on both sides with oil, and then skewer the strips lengthwise, threading in and out on the skewers.
Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C).
Prepare the grill for cooking over medium heat (200°C).
Grill the chicken over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until fully cooked in the center, 8 to 12 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill, top the salad with the peanuts and cilantro, and serve immediately with the peanut sauce.
Grill the chicken over medium heat, with the lid closed, until fully cooked in the center, 8 to 12 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill, top the salad with the peanuts and cilantro, and serve immediately with the peanut sauce.