Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay.  Now close your eyes and repeat after me.  Saa-taay…  While you are saying it, just imagine hot, juicy, succulent, flavorful barbecued chicken on bamboo skewers drizzled with peanut sauce.  Close your eyes and say it again.  Saa-taay…

Did I just catch you drooling?

If you have never had satay before, satay is an amazingly flavorful barbecued dish that is generally of Southeast Asian origin.  It is prepared with many different ingredients such as chicken, beef, shrimp, lamb, fish, pork, goat and even tofu.  One of my favorite ways to prepare satay is with chicken.  I like to use bits of boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinated for several hours in coconut milk, Indonesian soy sauce and a variety of spices.  I then thread the chicken on to the skewers and cook them on the barbecue.

I like to serve my Chicken Satay with my homemade peanut sauce or drizzled with sweet chili sauce or sriracha.  I also serve it with a scoops of fluffy jasmine rice and fresh sliced cool cucumbers for garnish.  I also make sure that there’s plenty of sambal oelek on the side for those who love fiery hot food.  Makes 10 -12 skewers.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  •  1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1″ cubes or strips
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Indonesian soy sauce
  • 1 – 2 tsp minced garlic
  • pinch of red pepper flakes or sambal oelek (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

In a medium sized bowl whisk together all the ingredients except for the chicken.  Once the marinade has been blended, add the chicken and toss well to coat.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.  Take 10 -12 bamboo skewers and soak completely in water while the chicken is marinating.  Soaking the skewers in water prevents the skewers from burning off while the satay cooks on the barbecue.

Thread chicken onto the skewers and cook on medium hot barbecue or grill pan until the juices run clear or the chicken reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Toss any remaining marinade.  Do not brush it on the chicken while cooking and do not even think about reusing it.  Pay attention and turn your skewers occasionally for even cooking.  Be sure not to over cook or under cook the satay.  Makes 10 -12 skewers.

20 thoughts on “Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

  1. mjskit

    I LOVE a great Saa-taay…. but have never made it at home. This looks like the perfect satay recipe! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tessa

      Hey MJ! This is a good one… It’s similar to how my uncle cooks his. Marinating the chicken in the coconut milk is the key to this one. It’s delicious!

  2. Lasuch w kuchni

    Well i belong to the group of people that unfortunately did not had chicken satay before but always wanted to. Simply never had a chance. Your chicken looks so delicious and convincing that finally should be more decisive and make final decision to prepare it for the end of summer and barbecue season:-)

    1. Tessa

      Well Joanna…. What the heck are you waiting for :)? Chicken satay is easy and delicious! And, what’s cool about it is that there are so many variations out there. I hope you try it!

  3. eRiN

    I made this tonight, marinated it only 4 hours because I was impatient to eat it, used regular soy sauce since it was all I had … and it was delish!! I also used your recipe for the peanut sauce, which is always the best part of satay xD

  4. Sissi

    I’m so glad to see your chicken satay post because it’s one of my favourite dishes and you remind me I haven’t had it this summer yet. It has so many variations (Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai…), but always tastes heavenly.

    1. Tessa

      Hi Sissi!

      Satay is one of my favorite dishes. I’ve never tried a variation that I did not like (only with the exception of improper cooking).

    1. Tessa

      Hi Weng! I’m making a big batch of satay this afternoon to share with friends and family. It’s a perfect day for barbecue :).

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