Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

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Chicken satay with peanut sauce has Thai-inspired flavors infused into each bite. Tenderly grilled white meat marinated in a creamy Coconut milk and curry powder concoction. You’ll be reaching for more than one skewer, I promise! 

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

I’ve been on grill master mode lately, cooking outdoors any chance I get. I realized that I had yet to share a skewer recipe with you, shame on me! This Thai-inspired coconut curry chicken satay recipe is paired with a delicious peanut sauce. It’s the perfect quick and flavorful meal, and I can almost guarantee that everyone will devour them! It only takes a few minutes to marinade and throw on the grill.

Have you noticed that there is something so fun about eating food on a stick? It’s like mini portable meals that require no utensils, just those razor-sharp teeth.

Plate of white meat chicken skewers with grill marks

It all starts with a 15-minute marinade. Creamy coconut milk is whisked together with earthy curry powder, lime juice, fresh chopped garlic, pungent fish sauce and a drizzle of honey. All of those flavors infuse and stick on the surface for maximum flavor!

If you are a peanut sauce fan, this is going to make you undeniably blissful. Blended in a matter of seconds are creamy peanut butter, coconut milk, ginger, soy sauce, lime, honey and spicy sriracha that combines into a robust flavor bomb.

Chicken satay on a skewer being dipped in a Thai peanut sauce

I have a confession… perhaps more of an obsession. I LOVE sauce! Always have, always will. So you could imagine, I couldn’t wait to sink these gorgeous chicken satay skewers into the luscious peanut sauce.

Drool! I also have double-dipping issues, so I have a personal sauce bowl when we had these for dinner, haha. How about you, are you a notorious double dipper? It’s okay. I’m here for you!

Several pieces of grilled chicken

Are you having guests over for a summertime cookout or just making a tasty meal at home? These chicken satay skewers are pretty hearty, so you could serve a few with a side dish like a crunchy vegetable Thai salad for a light and satisfying meal, or as a savory appetizer.

Our curious toddler James had a fun time holding his very own skewer and taking tiny nibbles, a lot less messy than our usual meal-time!

Tips for using wooden skewers

Make sure that you soak them while you are prepping the chicken. The small sticks are very dry and can burn pretty quickly on a hot grill. Soaking them in water will reduce the chance of them overly charring on the grill. You only want nice dark line marks on the chicken right? Another tip is to cook the skewer on the lower part of the grill, so the skewers are not in contact or touching the grill surface. You could also invest in some affordable stainless steel skewers, just be careful because they get scorching to the touch right off the grill.

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken satay with peanut sauce has Thai-inspired flavors infused into each bite. Tenderly grilled white meat marinated in a creamy Coconut milk and curry powder concoction.
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4.4 from 23 votes
Prep Time22 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 8 skewers
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Thai


Chicken Satay

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast
  • cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup peanuts, roasted, chopped

Peanut Sauce

  • ¼ cup peanut butter, natural creamy
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium, or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha, more if desired


Peanut Sauce

  • Add peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, garlic, ginger, and sriracha to a blender.
  • Puree until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can also whisk ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until combined.
  • Set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle chopped roasted peanuts on top right before serving.

Chicken Satay

  • If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 15 minutes before grilling.
  • Slice each chicken breast into ¾ to 1-inch thick strips; Slice with the grain so it yields longer pieces. You should be able to get about four pieces per breast.
  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together coconut milk, lime juice, curry powder, fish sauce, honey, olive oil, and garlic.
  • Add chicken slices, coat, and allow them to marinate at room temperature for at least 15 minutes. If you're not cooking within an hour, transfer chicken and marinade to a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Thread one piece of chicken on each skewer and lightly season each side with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to grill.
  • Heat grill to medium heat. Add a small amount of vegetable oil on a folded piece of paper towel, and carefully grease the grill grates.
  • Once the grill is nice and hot, add the marinated chicken skewers.
  • Cook chicken until no longer pink and with an internal temperature between 160-165°F, about 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness.

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 247mg10%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2.5IU0%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Marlene says

    Hi Jessica

    Getting ready to make the recipe tomorrow for my family! The ingredients include dry roasted peanuts but I don’t see where you are adding them in during the prep stages? Can you please clarify?

    Thank you

      • Abby says

        This chicken satay recipe is so flavorful and super easy to make too! My husband loves chicken satay and this recipe was a hit. Will be on repeat in our house.

        P.S. I turned this into a meal by slicing the grilled chicken and serving it over brown rice and sauteed shredded Brussels Sprouts garnished with green onions and crushed peanuts in one bowl. My kids (6yrs and 2yrs) ate a ton!

  2. Dennis Murphy says

    Perfect for my table top Yakatori Charcoal Grill.
    Do you have more recipes suitable for this type grill?

  3. Madhavi says

    Enjoying your recipes! What is the serving size for the nutrition information given for chicken satay? An approximate gram weight would be appreciated. Thank you!

  4. Wakely says

    Made this tonight and it was perfect. I marinated the chicken for 6 hours and didn’t bother with the skewers. To make this a meal, I also grilled some sliced onion and bell pepper, added everything to lettuce wraps with a few rice noodles, and topped with green onion. Thank you for the recipe! I will definitely be making this again.

  5. Joanne Scott says

    Jessica, I love your recipes, but now that I have cut sugars out of my diet, wondering if there is something I can substitute, such as Swerve brown sugar replacement sweetener? Thanks.

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