Thailand: Marinate If You Must, but Not for Long
Although the overnight marinade can be a lifesaver, it does require planning. Not so with chicken satay, the popular Thai skewered chicken dish. It turns out that marinating the meat (boneless thighs cut into chunks works best) in the traditional peanut dressing for as little as five minutes is all you need. In fact, if it sits for more than an hour, it can become mushy. Just cook the meat slowly (at least 10 minutes on the grill or under the broiler) so the sauce has time to caramelize.
Photo: Marcus Nilsson