Chicken Satay {with Peanut Sauce}

05.17.2018

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce is always a must try at Thai restaurantsBut now it’s time to start making it at home! This chicken satay is so flavorful, and the peanut dipping sauce just takes these over the top.

Then that delicious light char from the flames of the grill gives them that depth of flavor we all crave. You’ll definitely want to add these to your summer menu!

Chicken Satay skewers on white platter with bowl of peanut satay sauce

Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

This Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce is not only super easy to make, but it also tastes delicious! This chicken satay can be made indoors with a grill pan, or outdoors on an actual grill.

Although this recipe takes 90 minutes to finish, only 30 minutes of that time is spent doing hands on prep work. But don’t think you can skimp on the marinating time — the hour in the fridge is what gives the chicken so much flavor!

These juicy chicken skewers always wow kids and adults alike, and the peanut sauce usually disappears in no time. I think out of all Thai food, peanut sauce is my favorite. I don’t know what it is — maybe my love for peanut butter? — but I could eat it by the spoonful!

thai chicken satay skewer being dipped into bowl of peanut sauce

Chicken Satay Ingredients

I know the recipe may look like a lot of ingredients, but it really is easy to make. Plus, it’s mostly just staple ingredients you likely already have on hand.

For the chicken satay skewers, you need:

  • Coconut milk
  • Soy sauce
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fish sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cilantro (for serving)

And the ingredients you’ll need for the peanut satay sauce are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • Coconut milk
  • Sriracha
  • Water (to thin it to the consistency you prefer)

Normally, I’d also add some ginger into the peanut satay sauce, but since there’s plenty in the marinade I skipped it. But if you are making this peanut sauce for another recipe, add in 2 teaspoons of ginger.

chicken satay skewers atop rice noodles on plate with sliced fresh veggiesHow to Make Chicken Satay Skewers

  • First you’ll make the marinade, then you’ll dice up the chicken and add it to a resealable bag along with the marinade.
  • Let that rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat a grill and thread the chicken onto skewers.
  • Clean grill grates and brush the grill lightly with oil then place chicken on grill and cook through, turning once halfway.
  • While the chicken is grilling, make the peanut sauce.
  • Serve chicken satay warm garnished with cilantro and dip in plenty of peanut sauce!

Will I Taste the Fish Sauce in This Recipe?

No, these chicken skewers won’t taste at all fishy. The fish sauce adds a lovely umami flavor to this recipe and gives these skewers an extra something-something.

Can I Marinate the Chicken Overnight?

You can marinate the chicken up to 6 hours. If you leave it in the satay marinade any longer than that, the chicken will likely start to toughen up.

What to Serve with Chicken Satay

Serve these with colorful fresh veggies (grilled, sauteed or raw) and rice (brown, white, coconut rice or rice noodles) to finish off the meal.

thai chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce

Tips for the Best Chicken Satay

  • If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least an hour to prevent them from splintering in the chicken or burning on the grill.
  • The longer you let the chicken marinate, the more flavor it will have.
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

5 from 4 votes

Chicken pieces soaked in a flavorful thai marinade then they're threaded onto skewers and grilled, and to finish them off they are paired with a rich and satisfying homemade peanut sauce. I like to cut the chicken into cubes for this recipe but if you want to keep it more traditional you can do strips instead.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (well stirred)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • Cilantro, for serving

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 Tbsp hot water, then more as needed

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together coconut milk, soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin and turmeric. 

  2. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag, pour marinade mixture over chicken, seal bag while pressing out excess air.

  3. Transfer chicken to refrigerator and let marinate at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.

  4. Preheat a grill over medium heat to about 375 degrees and clean grates.

  5. Remove chicken and thread onto skewers, adding about 6 or 7 pieces to each (you'll need approximately 11 - 12 skewers, see notes if using wooden skewers).

  6. Brush grill grates with oil then place skewers on grill and cook until chicken registers 165 in center, about 5 - 7 minutes per side.

  7. While chicken is cooking prepare peanut sauce, in a mixing bowl whisk together all peanut sauce ingredients while adding more water to thin if needed.

  8. Serve chicken warm garnished with cilantro and serve with peanut sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

If using wooden skewers I like to let them soak in water overnight so they don't burn up and break apart. Be sure to soak them at least 1 hour if you didn't plan that far ahead.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 868mg38%
Potassium 785mg22%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Chicken Satay
Calories: 379 kcal

12 comments

  • Rachelle Segi: I have a suggestion. It would be nice if you would put the Pinterest link somewhere near the bottom of the recipe too, perhaps near where you link similar recipes to try. When I’m looking for recipes, I usually spend an afternoon looking, and I look through the recipe to see if I’d like to make it. Then I have to scroll all the way back up to the top to Pin it and all the way back down to the similar recipes at the bottom that are linked. It makes for a lot of scrolling and wasted time. It would be so great if there was a Pinterest link at the bottom so I didn’t have to scroll up and down and up and down all afternoon. Tia for considering my suggestion! August 16, 2019 at 4:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your suggestion :). You should be able to pin individual images so you could save the image just above the recipe if that’s helpful? I’m also thinking about adding a pin button to the recipe box in the near future. August 22, 2019 at 9:40pm Reply

  • Liz: Loves this. We served it with a Thai cucumber salad! Will be using this marinade again. Thank you for sharing! July 24, 2019 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds like the perfect side! Happy to hear you like this recipe! July 24, 2019 at 9:21pm Reply

  • Ann Baker: Awesome recipe! Both the marinade and the sauce were delicious. Served mine with an Asian inspired slaw and jasmine rice. April 14, 2019 at 7:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m appreciate your feedback, happy to hear you liked them Ann! April 14, 2019 at 9:52am Reply

  • Jared: Really enjoyed this recipe! Love the peanut sauce, and the echoes of coconut lime in the sauce AND inside the chicken, from the marinade. Yummy! October 28, 2018 at 9:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked the recipe Jared! Thanks so much for your review! October 28, 2018 at 11:16pm Reply

  • Carrie: Excellent recipe! Loved these, thanks! August 31, 2018 at 8:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for your review Carrie! August 31, 2018 at 9:48pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Gorgeous skewers, these are the perfect summery meal! May 20, 2018 at 10:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! May 21, 2018 at 11:28am Reply

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