Easy Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce — Look no further from this FAST and EASY recipe for authentic-tasting Thai chicken satay. The chicken is so tender and juicy and there’s plenty of homemade PEANUT SAUCE to dip it into!

Easy Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce on white serving platter

Easy Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

This fast and easy grilled Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce  is so tender, juicy, and full of layers of flavors thanks to the marinade. There’s coconut milk, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and ginger.

If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, you can probably get away with omitting something but know that your chicken satay won’t taste quite as authentic. Definitely do not skip the coconut milk or the fish sauce.

Fish sauce is typically sold in the Asian section of grocery stores as well as coconut milk. And you’re looking for coconut milk in a can, not in a carton. I use Trader Joe’s Lite Coconut Milk.

How to Make Chicken Satay

To make Thai chicken satay, combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Then, add the chicken pieces and let it marinate in the fridge for at least an hour. 

I like to marinate the chicken overnight for maximum flavor and tenderizing effects, but if you only have 1 hour that’s okay. But the longer you can let your chicken marinate, the better it’s going to taste.

Then get ready to grill up the chicken, and because you’re using chicken breast tenders rather than thick breasts, they cook very quickly, about 5 to 7 minutes. While grilling the tenders whip up a batch of homemade peanut sauce.

Chicken Satay skewers with fresh cilantro

How to Make Homemade Peanut Sauce

Peanut satay sauce makes everything taste even better, including these Thai chicken satay skewers! I have quite the collection of peanut sauce recipes, which just goes to show how well this easy peanut sauce pairs with most anything. 

It’s is so easy to make peanut sauce at home, takes two minutes to whisk together, is far more cost-effective than small store bought jars, and you control the ingredients.

The peanut sauce ingredients include: peanut butter, sesame oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and I like to add a pinch of cayenne pepper. It doesn’t make the sauce spicy, but just gives it rounded out flavor.

Normally I don’t add coconut milk to peanut sauce, but since I already had the can open for the marinade, it was the perfect addition in the peanut sauce. If you like your peanut satay sauce on the thicker, omit the coconut milk. 

You likely won’t use all the peanut sauce for dipping the chicken into, but extra will keep for up to 10 days in the fridge. But if you’re a double-dipper like me and you’re a peanut sauce fiend, then you may use almost all of it!

Tips for the Best Chicken Satay

When grilling the chicken skewers, make sure to rotate them often so they cook evenly throughout. 

If you’re grilling the chicken satay on wooden skewers, you’ll want to soak the skewers in water for an hour or so before adding the chicken. This prevents the wood from splintering in the chicken, and also keeps it from burning on the grill. If you make grilled chicken skewers often, I recommend investing in a pair of metal skewers to make your life easier! 

Finally, make sure you’re using creamy peanut butter and not crunchy. The creamy peanut sauce really makes this dish, so you need to have the right ingredients on hand! 

dipping chicken satay skewer into peanut sauce

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Easy Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce - Look no further from this FAST and EASY recipe for authentic-tasting Thai chicken satay!! The chicken is so tender and juicy and there's plenty of homemade PEANUT SAUCE to dip it into!!

Easy Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Marinating Time 40 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes

Look no further from this FAST and EASY recipe for authentic-tasting Thai chicken satay. The chicken is so tender and juicy and there’s plenty of homemade PEANUT SAUCE to dip it into!

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (I used Trader Joe’s Lite)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely mince or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast tenders

Peanut Sauce

  • heaping 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed, optional
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, or as desired for consistency

Garnishes

  • salted peanuts, to taste
  • fresh cilantro, to taste

Instructions

Marinate the Chicken

  1. To a medium bowl, add all marinade ingredients (except the chicken) and whisk to combine until smooth and incorporated.
  2. Add the chicken and stir to combine and coat. Cover and refrigerate in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  3. Thread one piece of chicken onto one metal grilling skewer and repeat with all remaining pieces. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes. Discard excess marinade.

Grill the Chicken

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat and cook chicken for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until done and cooked through. Rotate often to ensure even cooking. While chicken cooks make the peanut sauce.

Make the Peanut Sauce 

  1. To a medium bowl, add all peanut sauce ingredients and whisk to combine until smooth and incorporated. Taste, check for seasoning and flavor balance, and make any necessary adjustments (i.e. more honey, more peanut butter, more salt, more sesame oil, etc.). If you like your sauce on the thicker side you may want to omit the coconut milk; set aside to serve with chicken. Extra peanut sauce will keep airtight for up to 10 days in the fridge.

Serve

  1. Place skewers on a plate and evenly garnish with peanuts and cilantro, to taste, and serve immediately. Chicken is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 780Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 2521mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 61g

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