Dutch West Indies Chicken Kebabs – Boka Dushi

This dish offers an amazing collage of flavors blending Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish and West African flavors. Personally, I prefer the marinade and dipping sauce on these kebabs to traditional Indonesian satay. The heavy sweetness of the Indonesian peanut sauce is replaced by a tangy, spicy and slightly sweet mixture of peanuts, tomatoes, green onions, ginger, and jalapeno (or Thai chile). This is a must try dish and would be great as a dinner, appetizer, or passed hors d’oeuvres.


  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp molasses (or if you can find it substitute 1/4 cup kejap manis for the soy sauce and molasses)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp peeled fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek or Thai chile paste
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 Tbsp minced green onion
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp peeled ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp seeded and minced Thai chile or jalapeno chile
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Cooking Spray


  • Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large zip lock back, seal, and marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Combine the broth and peanut butter in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Pour the mixture into a bowl, stir in tomato and next 8 ingredients (all but cooking spray).
  • Preheat your grill to medium high.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and thread onto 8 inch skewers or place on a couple of oiled, closable, square grilling baskets (I did this because it was easier than skewering).
  • Place the baskets on the grill or oil the grill and place the kebabs on the grill. Grill 2 – 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Serve with the peanut sauce. (We made one batch of sauce with the jalapeno and a small one without for our youngest child).


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Dutch West Indies Chicken Kebabs – Boka Dushi