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Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

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  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 skewers
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Better than takeout, easy to make tender chicken satay skewers with coconut marinade and homemade peanut dipping sauce is savoury, sweet, tangy, and nutty.


Satay Chicken:

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts, boneless and skinless cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Peanut Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (or dark soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey (or white sugar)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, chopped

For Serving:

  • lime wedges
  • 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Marinate the chicken: Place cubed chicken into a zip-loc bag. Add in all the marinade ingredients (coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, yellow curry powder, brown sugar, minced garlic, ginger and vegetable oil). Stir well to combine. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Press the marinade around the cubed chicken to coat. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Make the peanut sauce: Combine all the ingredients (hoisin sauce, peanut butter, red curry paste (optional), lime juice, honey and water). Stir well with a spoon to mix until the mixture is smooth and uniform. Sprinkle chopped roasted peanuts on top.
  3. Grill the chicken satay skewers: Thread the chicken onto skewers (about 4 to 5 pieces per skewer). Gently dab with paper towel to remove excess marinade off the chicken. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes and lightly brush the grill with some vegetable oil. You should notice the oil shimmer and sizzle when it's hot and ready. Grill the chicken skewers for 8-10 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F and grill marks are clearly visible. Do not overlap the skewers at any time but you can turn the skewers occasionally to achieve even cooking and grill marks on both sides.
  4. Serve. Serve the skewers on a plate with peanut sauce and lime wedges. Sprinkle roasted peanuts and chopped parsley on top.  


Equipment used: skewerstongs for grilling, an indoor grill pan, and a digital meat thermometer.

Use a digital thermometer. A digital meat thermometer is very useful when grilling skewers for checking doneness. Simply insert halfway inside the meat to get a quick reading so that you never end up with undercooked or overcooked meat.

How to cook skewers in the oven. To cook satay skewers in the oven, place them on a baking tray and roast at 480 F for 12-13 minutes, or when the internal temperature reaches 165 F. You can add some charring by then placing under the broiler on high for 1 minute. Keep a close eye on them, because they can burn quickly.

How to cook chicken satay in the air fryer. You can cook this chicken in the air fryer as well. Do not thread them and place about 10 cubed chicken pieces in the air fryer basket at a time. Cook at 350 F for 25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. You won't get the charred grill marks but they taste amazing and so tender.

How to serve chicken satay skewers. Serve these skewers on their own with the delicious peanut dipping sauce. They also pair really nicely with a side of easy coconut rice or even incorporated into fried rice.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (+1 hour time to marinate)
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Asian