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Chicken satay with peanut sauce served on a rectangular, white platter.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

This chicken satay with peanut sauce is a really easy way to change up your dinner routine. In this recipe, chicken thighs are marinated in soy sauce, coconut milk, brown sugar and a combination of spices. Then they're grilled and served with a delicious peanut sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword chicken recipes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinate the chicken 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 864kcal


Chicken Satay Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Chicken Thighs boneless, skinless and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce low sodium
  • ¼ cup Coconut Milk unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper

Peanut Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cup Peanut Butter smooth
  • ½ cup Coconut Milk unsweetened
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce low sodium
  • ½ tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ a Garlic Clove grated or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • Pinch Crushed Red Pepper


You will also need: 8-10 Bamboo Skewers and Grill Spray

    Prepare the chicken

    • Cut the boneless, skinless chicken thighs into roughly 2 inch pieces and place them in a large bowl or zip top bag.
    • Add the soy sauce, coconut milk, brown sugar, grated garlic, turmeric, ginger powder, salt, coriander and crushed red pepper to a bowl. Stir well to combine. Add the marinade to the chicken and toss well until coated. If you’re using a zip top bag, seal it well, then massage the
      chicken a little bit to coat it with the marinade.
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or place the bag on a pan or plate just in case it leaks. Refrigerate the chicken at least 2 hours, to overnight.

    Prepare the peanut sauce

    • Add all of the peanut sauce ingredients to a small blender (like a Nutribullet), or use a blender. Blend until all of the ingredients are combined and the sauce is smooth. Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl or container until ready to serve.
    • Place the bamboo skewers on a sheet pan or shallow baking dish and cover with water. Soak the skewers for 30 minutes to an hour.

    Grill the chicken

    • Remove the bamboo skewers from the water. Thread 4-5 chicken pieces onto each skewer. Set on a pan or plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Discard any remaining marinade.
    • Spray the barbecue grates with the grill spray to prevent sticking. Grill the chicken satay on moderate heat, turning occasionally until they are browned and completely cooked through (about 15 minutes). The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 165°F at its thickest piece.
    • Serve the chicken satay with the peanut sauce.



    Calories: 864kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1425mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 4.3mg