Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce Recipe

By Rena Awada | Updated On June 14, 2023

This Chicken Satay recipe is out of this world delicious. Easy to make with a delicious satay marinade and an even better homemade peanut dipping sauce. A tender and perfect recipe to enjoy as an appetizer or as a meal.

top view of chicken satay skewers on a flat surface with peanut dipping sauce


If you love Thai food you will LOVE this Thai chicken satay recipe. Tender, juicy, easy to make, and full of flavor. Like it spicy? Double up on the sriracha or add in some other spices like chili flakes or cayene pepper. The satay marinade is just perfect and makes the chicken delicious enough to eat as is without the peanut sauce if you prefer. Of course, the peanut sauce gives it that extra boost in the flavor department!

why you will love this recipe

  • Healthy and delicious: Grilled chicken satay is a delicious and healthy meal option that is high in protein and low in fat, making it a great choice for anyone looking to eat healthier.
  • Quick and easy: It’s a quick and easy meal to prepare that can be made with just a few simple ingredients, making it a perfect choice for busy weeknights.
  • Versaitile: chicken satay is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer, main course, or even as a snack, so it’s a great way to add some variety to your meal plan and keep things interesting.
side shot of chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce

Ingredients you will need

  • Chicken Breast cut into 1” cubes: or you may use chicken thighs
  • Olive Oil: if you have another oil that you prefer using go ahead.
  • Seasonings: Curry Powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper
  • Red Curry paste: Many versions out there. we used thai red curry paste
  • Honey: we used raw honey, but you may swap this with brown sugar.
  • chopped roasted peanuts to garnish

For the Peanut Satay dipping Sauce:

  • ½ Lemon Juiced
  •  Low sodium soy sauce
  • Natural Peanut Butter smooth
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Water or more to thin it up
top view of thai grilled chicken recipe with a drizzle of peanut sauce

How to make this chicken Satay

  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken with 1 tablespoon of oil, curry powder, garlic salt, honey or brown, Thai red curry paste, salt, and pepper. Marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto the wooden skewers. Heat a grill pan or an outside BBQ to medium heat, and cook the skewers for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until nicely charred and cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, make the peanut satay dipping sauce. In a small bowl, whisk all the sauce ingredients until smooth. Add water little by little to reach desired consistency.
  • Drizzle the chicken skewers with satay sauce and sprinkle with crunchy chopped peanuts. Enjoy!
grilled chicken skewers on a grill pan with tong hold one chicken skewer
side shot of chicken satay skewers on a flat surface and a drizzle of peanut sauce

REcipe notes and tips

  • You may use chicken thighs instead for chicken breasts if preferred. If using chicken thighs, trim out all the excess fat to cut down on calories.
  • Soaking the chicken with the peanut sauce for at least 30 minutes an allowing it to marinate will result in one even more tender and juicy chicken.
  • Do not try cooking the chicken on high heat. It is best to allow the chicken to cook on medium heat to prevent it from burning quick and having tough and chewy chicken.
  • You can drizzle some lime juice at the very end to garnish.
  • If you like spicy food you can add more spices like chili flakes or cayenne pepper.
  • Consider adding some ginger with the peanut sauce dip.
  • Things you can garnish these chicken skewers with can be some roasted chopped peanuts or some fresh cilantro 
  • Serve with salads like cucumber salad, jasmine rice, coconut rice, or cauliflower rice.
close up view of grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce drizzle

Frequently asked question

Is Satay Chicken healthy?

Without the peanut sauce, my chicken satay recipe is healthy to enjoy without any guilt. Often times they refer to a satay dish as high in fat because of the peanut sauce. If you are on high fat and low carb diet, skip the honey, and enjoy this recipe without even blinking! On a moderately high-fat or low-fat diet feel free to skip the sauce and enjoy the Thai grilled chicken over salad or grilled veggies.

How do you cut chicken satay?

Normally, the chicken is cut into long strips diagonally. Then, using a meat mallet you flatten the strips into 1/4 inch thickness. Each chicken strip is placed long way on the skewer and if it’s too small you can add two strips. We simply just cut them into cubes for this chicken satay recipe. The taste will still be great.

Is Peanut Sauce bad?

Some may say that the peanut sauce usually served with chicken satay is bad or you or that it is unhealthy. This is due to the fact that peanut butter is high in calories and fat which in turn makes the peanut satay sauce fattening or high in calories. Peanut butter is nutrient-dense and ok to eat in moderation especially if you are on a high fat and protein diet. Stick to all-natural peanut butter that has no added sugar.

Does Chicken Satay have Gluten?

Any recipe that contains soy sauce is not gluten-free. This might be shocking for some especially if you are new to the gluten-free diet. This chicken satay recipe is ALMOST gluten-free if you can find a soy sauce alternative that’s gluten-free like Tamari that’s made without wheat. The reason why soy sauce has gluten is that most soy sauce brands contain wheat as their first ingredient. Peanut butter is naturally gluten-free.

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Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce Recipe

Delicious and tender Chicken Satay skewers with homemade peanut sauce
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: thai
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • lb Chicken Breast cut into 1'' cubes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil divided
  • 1 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 2 Tsp Red Curry Paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 chopped roasted peanuts

Peanut Satay Sauce:

  • ½ Lemon Juiced
  • 2 Tbsp Low sodium soy sauce
  • Cup Natural Peanut Butter smooth
  • 1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Water or more to thin it up

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken with 1 tablespoon of oil, curry powder, garlic salt, honey, curry paste, salt, and pepper. Marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers. Heat a grill pan or an outside BBQ to medium heat, and cook the skewers for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until nicely charred and cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, make the peanut satay sauce. In a small bowl, whisk all the sauce ingredients until smooth. Add water little by little to reach desired consistency.
  • Drizzle the chicken skewers with satay sauce and sprinkle with crunchy chopped peanuts. Enjoy!

Notes

Serving size:
This recipe makes about 8 skewers. the nutrition facts will be for 2 skewers. Each serving is 2 skewers
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 11.8mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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