Must Make Chicken Satay Recipe

If you are craving a taste of Asia then you should try this easy recipe for satay chicken.

Must Make Chicken Satay Recipe

Whilst easy – and very satisfying – to make, preparing the perfect chicken satay involves 2 processes. Firstly, marinating the meat, and secondly whipping up a tasty satay sauce.

It is much healthier than getting take out food, and it is just as satisfying. It is a meal that the whole family can enjoy, and it doesn’t take too long to make.

You can make this chicken satay recipe as spicy or mild as you like, and grilling the meat gives it a lovely charred edge which looks tasty and has an incredible flavour. 

Keep reading to find out how to make this delicious satay chicken. 

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What Do You Need?

You will need a bowl to marinade the chicken, and space in the refrigerator. You will also need a separate bowl and a whisk to make the peanut sauce.

The chicken skewers are best cooked under a grill, or on an outdoors grill. You will need some kind of skewers.

You can either use metal skewers or wooden skewers – if you are using wooden skewers make sure you soak them in water first to stop them from burning. 

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How To Serve Satay Chicken?

This chicken satay recipe makes a delicious appetiser. If you are hosting a dinner party with family or friends, this is an ideal way to begin the meal.

You could serve the skewers on individual plates and give each guest a small ramekin of peanut sauce for drizzling or dunking. 

Chicken satay skewers are also great to serve at a party.

You could lay them out on a tray and drizzle them with peanut sauce. Just be sure to leave the skewer sauce-free so they are easy for guests to pick up and eat with their fingers without getting messy.

These skewers can be enjoyed hot or cold, so you could make them in advance and refrigerate them to serve later. 

You can also cook these skewers on a BBQ and serve them alongside your usual BBQ food.

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It is good to provide a chicken option as an alternative to burgers and hotdogs.

They also go very nicely with the side dishes served at BBQs like pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw etc. 

Alternatively, you can serve these skewers as a main course along with fragrant rice and steamed vegetables.

You could leave the chicken on the skewers, or pull it off and mix it into the peanut sauce so that it can spooned over the rice.

Coconut rice would work really well with the chicken satay as a main course. 

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How Can You Customise This Recipe?

There are a few ways to change this recipe if you want to. 

  • Meat – This recipe uses chicken, but you could use turkey, pork, or cubes of beef steak. You may need to adjust the cooking times to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly. You could also make a vegetarian version by using cubes of tofu, or Quorn chicken. 
  • Spice – This chicken satay recipe has a little kick of chilli, but you could make it spicier if you wanted. You could add chopped fresh chillies to the marinade and/or the peanut sauce, switch the vegetable oil for chilli oil, or sprinkle chilli flakes on the chicken just before serving. If you prefer your food mild, you can leave out the chilli altogether. 
  • Garnish – Chopped peanuts are used as a garnish, but you could also use some fresh coriander or wedges of fresh lime to squeeze over the chicken. 

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Must Make Chicken Satay Recipe

Recipe by Dylan Cole
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Course: AppetizersCuisine: Malaysian


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Follow our perfect chicken satay recipe and find the ideal dish to serve at your next dinner party or for an easy weeknight meal


  • 2 pounds Chicken breast (skinless and boneless) 

  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

  • 3 cloves Garlic

  • 1 piece Lemon (juice only)

  • 2 teaspoons Tumeric

  • 2 teaspoons Dried Coriander

  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder 

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

  • 4 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter (smooth or chunky)

  • 2 teaspoons Soy Sauce 

  • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

  • 1 teaspoon Ginger (fresh, grated)

  • 4 tablespoon Coconut Milk

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha (or other chilli sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Peanuts

  • 1 cup Water

  • to taste Salt


  • The first step is to marinade the chicken. Chop the chicken into chunks. Add the juice of one lemon to a bowl along with three cloves of minced garlic, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander, vegetable oil and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and stir to make sure the chicken is fully coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it in the refrigerator for at least two hours for the flavour to soak into the chicken. If you can, leave the chicken to marinade overnight. 
  • Prepare the skewers by soaking them in water for 30 minutes (unless you are using metal skewers). This will stop them from burning in the oven. Preheat the grill ready to cook the chicken. 
  • While the grill is heating up, you can make the peanut sauce. Whisk together the peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, coconut milk, one teaspoon of lemon juice, grated ginger, and chilli sauce. This will make quite a thick consistency. Add the water a teaspoon at a time and keep mixing until the peanut sauce reaches the desired consistency. Taste the sauce and add salt to taste. 
  • Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and put it onto the skewers. Don’t put too much chicken on each skewer – the chicken needs space to cook evenly and get a nice charred edge. Lay the skewers out on a grill tray and cook them for 7 minutes. Turn them over and cook them for another 5 to 7 minutes until the meat is cooked all the way through. 
  • You can serve this chicken in multiple ways. You could serve them in one big pile of skewers, and place the sauce in a nice bowl topped with chopped peanuts. You could serve the skewers as individual portions by placing a few on each plate, drizzling them with sauce and then sprinkling the chopped peanuts over the top. Alternatively, you could remove the meat from the skewers and mix it into the peanut sauce.

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