Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce on Skewers

Last Updated on September 26, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce is a family favorite meal that even the pickiest eaters will love. Get my recipe for chicken satay on skewers.

Strips of chicken breast meat are threaded onto skewers and marinated before being grilled. Satay is an Indonesian dish of seasoned, grilled meat on skewers that is served with a sauce. It’s popular in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The name may sound exotic, but the taste is loved by my picky husband and children.  If the name sounds too exotic for them, just tell them they are chicken fingers on a stick. They’ll love it!

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce on Skewers with Rice

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

I’m always searching for easy, healthy recipes that my family will love. They enjoy traditional American food but that isn’t always the healthiest food to serve. I’ve been working on introducing new recipes to them and wanted to share one that they enjoyed with you. This easy chicken satay with peanut sauce was a huge hit.

What you’ll need for this Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Skewers – This recipe will need some type of skewer to hold the chicken. I chose wooden skewers because they are very affordable. But, if you plan on making this regularly, you can invest in metal skewers as well.

What is satay sauce made of?

Satay sauce is typically made of peanut butter, coconut milk or cream, soy sauce, cane sugar, and spices. Satay means to “grill” or a dish of food cooked on a skewer. 

If you don’t want to make your own peanut sauce from scratch like I did in the recipe, you can buy a ready-made peanut sauce to save time. The one I linked to is gluten-free.

Is satay chicken Chinese?

Satay chicken comes from southeast Asia. You will find it mostly in Indonesia, Thailand, or Malaysia. So, it is not typically thought of as a Chinese dish. However, you can find it in Chinese restaurants here in the US because it is a popular entree.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce on Skewers with Rice

My husband and the kids enjoy having this over rice. You can either serve it with white rice or make homemade stir-fried rice. Either way, it’s delicious. To save time, you can make the stir-fried rice ahead of time and simply reheat it at dinnertime.

I hope you enjoy this Thai chicken satay recipe!

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Yield: 4

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce on Skewers

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce on Skewers

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce is a family favorite meal that even the pickiest eaters will love. Strips of chicken breast meat are threaded onto skewers and marinated before being  grilled.

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 20 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 min
  • Vegetable oil, for grilling

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/4 c creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 c coconut milk
  • 1/4 c hot water
  • red chili flake to taste
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine yogurt, ginger, garlic, and curry powder in a shallow bowl. Add chicken strips to yogurt marinade and toss until well coated. Cover and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for up to 2 hrs.
  2. Weave the chicken strips onto the skewers down the center of the chicken so that it stays on during grilling.
  3. Grill the chicken satays over medium heat for 3 – 5 minutes on each side until they are seared and cooked through.
  4. To make the sauce: Combine all ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl, adding the water last. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Serve the satays on a platter lined with lettuce leaves and topped with chopped fresh cilantro; accompanied by the peanut sauce on the side.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 636Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 888mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 69g

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