These chicken satay skewers are easy to make, full of flavor, and dipped in the most delicious peanut sauce!
One of the very first chicken recipes I learned to make was Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce. My mom’s good friend, Kathy, invited me over to her house for an impromptu cooking lesson.
I was a young teen with little kitchen know-how and Kathy was an amazing cook. I had so much fun over at her place trying new recipes and sharing a lot of laughs. It ended up being something we did regularly until I graduated high school and went off to university.
What I like about Kathy’s recipe for Chicken Satay is that is extremely easy to make. It’s basically just skewering some chicken, marinating, broiling and voila! A delicious, mouthwatering appetizer is ready to serve. The peanut sauce isn’t too spicy so even my kids love it.
For the Chicken Skewers
- Bamboo Skewers – The first thing you’ll need is bamboo skewers to put the chicken on.
- Canned Coconut Milk – I use coconut milk to marinate the chicken with.
- Fresh Parsley – A little parsley adds flavor to the marinade.
- Curry Powder – Curry powder also provides flavor to the chicken.
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast – Of course, you’ll need chicken for these skewers!
For the Peanut Sauce
- Canned Coconut Milk – Coconut milk will help thin the peanut sauce and make it super creamy.
- Red Curry Paste – Red curry paste provides a ton of flavor and isn’t too spicy.
- Sugar – Just a bit of sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to the sauce.
- Soy Sauce – Soy sauce adds a bit of salt to the sauce.
- Peanut Butter – The base for the peanut sauce is peanut butter. I recommend buying unsweetened for this recipe.
What I Used For This Recipe
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- Skewers – You can either use bamboo skewers or metal skewers for this recipe. If you choose bamboo skewers, you’ll need to soak them so they don’t burn. Metal skewers require no preparation!
- Non-Stick Baking Sheets – I love these non-stick baking sheets from Wilton! They are sturdy, and the non-stick coating makes them easy to clean.
- Glass Mixing Bowls – These mixing bowls are a must-have in any kitchen. You can use them for virtually anything!
How To Make Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
- Soak the bamboo skewers. If you’re using bamboo skewers, soak them for 30 minutes ahead of time so they don’t burn.
- Make the marinade. Stir together the coconut milk, parsley, curry powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Skewer and marinate the chicken. Next, you’ll slice the chicken into thin strips, thread them onto the skewers, then pour the marinade over top. Let them marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Broil the skewers. After the chicken has marinated, put the chicken on a baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and broil for another 5 minutes, repeating as many times as needed to fully cook the chicken.
- Make the peanut sauce. While the chicken cooks, add all of the peanut sauce ingredients to a small saucepan on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly, then reduce the heat to low and stir for an additional two minutes. Remove from heat.
- Serve. Serve the chicken satay with the peanut sauce drizzled over top, or alongside the chicken for dipping!
Is chicken satay healthy?
Yes, chicken satay is a healthy meal option because it is high in protein, made with minimal ingredients, and is baked instead of fried.
What to Do With Leftovers
You can store your leftover chicken skewers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You don’t have to remove the chicken from the skewer. Simply microwave a few skewers for 30-60 seconds, or place them back in the oven and bake at 350 F for 5-10 minutes, until just warmed through.
I also recommend storing the peanut dipping sauce in the refrigerator. It may thicken a bit in the fridge, so just microwave it in 15-second intervals to warm it up and thin it out before serving!
What To Serve With Chicken Satay Skewers
If you’re serving these as a main dish instead of an appetizer, you’ll need a side dish or two to round out your meal!
I personally like to keep it simple and serve these with steamed white or brown rice, but you could also do quinoa or even fried rice.
For a vegetable, you can cut up some veggies that pair well when dipped in peanut sauce, like carrots or cucumbers, or even make a quick slaw.
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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
This simple appetizer is a great crowd-pleaser! The homemade dipping sauce makes this easy recipe. Make in the oven.
- 12 to 16 bamboo skewers
- 1 can (400 ml) unsweetened coconut milk (approx 1 3/4 cups)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 can (400 ml) unsweeteened coconut milk (approx 1 3/4 cups)
- 1 teaspoon red curry paste
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
- Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
- Stir together coconut milk, parsley, curry powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Slice chicken across the grain into 3 inch long strips about 1/4 to 3/4 inch thick. Thread strips accordion-style on skewers. Add skewers to marinade, turning to coat over chicken. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
- Place chicken skewers on a baking sheet lined with foil and broil three to four inches from heat for 5 minutes. Turn and broil for 5 minutes. Keep turning every 5 minutes until chicken is cooked (use a meat thermometer to check). Mine usually take about 15 to 20 minutes in my oven.
- Combine coconut milk, curry paste, sugar, soy sauce and peanut butter in a small sauce pan on the stove. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and stir for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir again right before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g
Ronald O. says
I’ve never tried this before, but it looks and sounds really good! ..we’ll have to try it out! Thanks for sharing!
kathy downey says
Mmmm sounds delicious,I want these yummy
Katie Evans says
Hi. Just found you’re site & saw this recipe. Looks really good; but I do have a question. Could you substitute PB2 for the actual peanut butter, or would it change the taste/texture? I am trying to lose weight & it would cuts some extra calories. Thanks! http://tasteusa.blogspot.com
I’m not familiar with that type of peanut butter, but it should be ok!
kathy downey says
Thanks I love new recipes for appetizers. This is sure to be a hit over the holidays !
Stacie what seasonings did you use???? im very curious.
I just dipped them into the peanut sauce.