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Chicken satay recipe on a platter with sauce.

Chicken Satay

Teri & Jenny
A simple and delicious recipe for juicy, char-grilled, flavor packed Chicken Satay with an equally delicious peanut dipping sauce! They make great appetizers or even a delicious dinner served with some steamed rice and simple cucumber salad!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
marinating time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 44 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine filipino, indonesian, thai
Servings 5
Calories 464 kcal


  • 15 (10 inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 6)

satay marinade

  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ stalk lemongrass, chopped (about 3 inch piece)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 makrut lime leaves, chopped OR 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

spicy peanut sauce

  • cup reserved marinade
  • ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 to 3 Thai chiles, seeded depending on desired heat
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced


  • 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
  • cilantro leaves


chicken satay

  • Place all marinade ingredients into a blender, except 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, and blend until smooth.
    Chicken satay ingredients in a blender.
  • Reserve ⅓ cup of marinade for peanut sauce. Pour remaining marinade over chicken.
    Chicken satay marinade in a bowl with chicken.
  • Toss together until all chicken pieces are completely covered. Allow mixture to marinate for at least 4 hours (ideally overnight).
    Chicken marinating in a glass bowl.
  • Skewer 5 to 6 cubes of chicken onto each bamboo skewer, until all chicken has been used.
    Chicken satay ready to be grilled.
  • Place a grill pan over medium-high heat (or use an outdoor grill on medium heat setting). Pour oil into pan and grill skewers for 4 minutes, on each side. Repeat until all skewers have been grilled.
    Cooked skewers grilled resting on a platter.
  • Top chicken satay skewers with crushed peanuts and cilantro leaves.
    Chicken satay on a platter with lime wedges.

spicy peanut sauce

  • Place all ingredients for peanut sauce into a blender and blend until smooth. (If sauce is too thick, blend some water into the sauce, ½ tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency has been achieved).
    Chicken satay sauce ingredients in a blender.
  • Pour mixture into a small bowl or ramekin, top with crushed peanuts (optional) and serve as dipping sauce for satay.
    Chicken satay on a platter with lime wedges.


**Makes 15 skewers (serving size is 3 skewers with 1/3 of peanut sauce)**

What to Serve with Chicken Satay

When served as an appetizer, its best to serve the skewers on their own with the dipping sauce to keep things simple. When using as the main course we love serving them with steamed jasmine or basmati rice and a simple cucumber salad (especially sunomono, a Japanese cucumber salad).
They're also delicious with Yum Woon Sen, a bright and refreshing glass noodle salad dish!

Cooking Tips for Chicken Satay

We love using a grill or grill pan to cook our satay because it really gives it a great char-grilled flavor that takes this dish over the top! If you don't have a grill or grill pan you can still cook them in a pan. If you have a cast iron skillet, it's the next best thing as you'll still get charred bits of chicken.
You can also broil the skewers for a few minutes on each side, but you'll need to keep a close eye on them to make sure they don't burn. The oven is also an option for cooking these skewers. If baking the chicken satay in the oven we recommend baking them at 400˚F for 15 to 20 minutes.


Calories: 464kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 30gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1491mgPotassium: 578mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bbq chicken skewers, peanut sauce
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