Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

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Chicken satay is one of those things I love to order in restaurants, but only recently started making at home. I think because the first time I had it, I was at  a restaurant, and pretty young, late teens, and at the time it seemed really exotic and like something I could never replicate at home. But … I was dead wrong. Chicken satay is super easy to make at home and so is the peanut sauce that goes with it.

This recipe serves two as a main dish and can easily be doubled. All you need to add is a salad. Might I suggest this sesame quinoa salad? You can also serve it as an appetizer or party food. I think anything on a stick makes great party food. No plates!

Chicken Satay Recipe with Peanut Sauce


Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 large clove)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (1/2″ cube)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Peanut Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, low fat or full fat
  • 1 lime
  • 12 dried red chilies, crumbled (or 1/21 teaspoon chili flakes)
  • dash soy sauce


  1. If grilling outdoors, get out 8 metal skewers or begin soaking 8 bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the chicken into strips lengthwise to give you 8 pieces of approximately equal size. Put them in a shallow dish.
  3. Add soy sauce, honey, fish sauce, garlic and ginger and turmeric. Toss to coat and allow to marinate 30-60 minutes.
  4. Make the peanut sauce by combining peanut butter, coconut milk, half the lime juice, and chilies. Stir and taste. Adjust with more lime juice and/or a dash of soy sauce if necessary. Set aside.
  5. Skewer chicken strips and cook on a hot grill or grill pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until nicely charred and cooked through.
  6. Serve hot with peanut sauce.


You can skip the peanut sauce and serve these instead with bottled sweet chili sauce, which can be found in most large grocery stores in the Asian foods section.

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  1. Terry on June 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I just made the Chicken satay with the peanut sauce (although I used almond butter since I had some handy). It was delicious! Took awhile to get the fish sauce and coconut milk. MMMMM my mouth is still happy! You are a genious1

    • Hilah on June 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

      That’s wonderful to hear, Terry! So glad you tried it with the almond butter, too. I love that for a change of pace. Thanks for writing!

      • Vito on May 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        I add a little super and ginger n cilantro to the peanut sauce. I find it tastes like the Thai restaurant sauce a little more. But love the satay !!!! Awesome. 😉

        • Vito on May 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

          Sorry that’s sugar, ginger n cilantro. Duh??

          • Hilah on May 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

            HA! I gotcha, Vito. 🙂 Sounds good!

  2. jessa on June 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Hey Hilah! I love your videos and your sense of humor, your freakin’ awesome! Anyhoo- I had a little party last night and made the chicken satay and peanut sauce and it was a HIT! Today I even took your idea to make a salad dressing …added a little saracha and more lime for a Thai/Mexican salad feel… I used the same marinade for the chicken but just fried it up on the stove… head of romaine, diced avo and red onion… Sprinkled a little sesame seeds on there..BOOM! plus, the peanut butter i used was the crunchy kind too, so the little peanuts and the dried chilis added a nice texture to the whole dang thang. Very nice. ;p

    • Hilah on June 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Hey Jessa!
      Thanks so much for your kind words! 😀 Super happy to hear the satay was a hit at your party. It’s perfect party food. Someone else said they bring a tray of uncooked skewers to BBQs they are invited to and that the satay is always the first to go. I want to try that next party I go to.
      And thanks for sharing how you made the salad dressing! LOVE those great ideas.
      Hope to hear from you again about the next recipe you try!

  3. Joseph Suti on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    The only thing you missed to go with Gai Satay was the cucumber salad, you know the one served on the side, diced cucumbers with diced onions on a sugar/vinegar dressing and thai chilis or dried chilis and cilantro.Your chicken looked awesome.
    Any recipes for Huevos Rancheros?
    My favorite dish for breakfast.
    Joe Suti

    • Hilah on July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Hi Joe!
      Thank you. I need to make that salad, now. You got me all in the mood. 🙂
      I did a version of huevos rancheros here. Not sure it’s what you are looking for, but I love it this way.
      Thanks for writing!

  4. Jo on September 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Hilah:

    Do u have a recipe for the cucumber salad that usually comes with the satay?

    • Hilah on September 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Hi Jo!
      This cucumber salad recipe can be adjusted by using rice vinegar and using cilantro or mint in place of the dill. It would go well with these.

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