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Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce marinates in the most amazing coconut and curry sauce, before being grilled to perfection and served with a to-die-for peanut dipping sauce. You are going to love it!

Overhead view of chicken satay on skewers with peanut sauce.

If you have never had peanut sauce, you are in for a treat. It can only be described as heavenly. It has the perfect blend of sweet and savory and we just can’t get enough of it. The marinade alone on this recipe is already fantastic, but adding this peanut dipping sauce just takes it over the top. This is one of those things you’re just going to have to trust us on. Don’t worry though, we know you’ll be hooked!

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce is not an authentic Thai recipe, but rather a typical American version of Thai-American takeout restaurants. The Stay At Home Chef uses ingredients that are easily accessible for most people in the United States and Canada so that anyone can easily celebrate world cuisines even if their opportunities for travel or access to regional ingredients are limited.

Fish Sauce:

Fish sauce adds a balance of flavors and we highly recommend you include it. However, you can substitute it for 1 additional tablespoon of soy sauce.

Coconut Milk:

You will want to use canned, full-fat coconut milk in this recipe. The coconut milk in the refrigerated plant based milk section of your grocery store simply won’t do.

Chicken Cut Options:

We know that there are strong opinions out there about chicken breasts vs. thighs. You can use whichever you prefer, and both options will taste amazing! If you do use chicken thighs, make sure to cook until an internal temperature of 175 degrees Fahrenheit. That extra cooking time to get to a higher temperature gives it a nicer chew. For even more chicken cut options, this marinade would taste amazing on chicken wings and drumsticks as well. Give it a try!

Cooking Options for Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce:

We always prefer the flavor from grilling, but you can always cook indoors on your stovetop in a heavy duty skillet or grill pan.

OVEN: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the recipe as usual. Bake the kabobs on a lightly greased baking sheet for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through, and then broil on high for 3-4 minutes to brown the edges.

STOVETOP: Alternately, you can also make kabobs on the stovetop using a grill pan or heavy skillet.  Just like the grill, you’ll preheat the skillet to high heat. Pan grill the kabobs in high heat for about 10 minutes, until the meat is cooked through, rotating every few minutes. Be careful not to crowd the pan.

Serving Suggestions:

Jasmine or coconut rice would pair beautifully with this dish, as well as your favorite steamed veggies.

Chicken satay.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to up to one week. To reheat, remove chicken from skewers and place in an oven safe dish. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees until warmed through.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious Asian inspired recipes:

Watch the video below where Caytlin will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Chicken satay with peanut sauce.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce marinates in the most amazing coconut and curry sauce, before being grilled to perfection and served with a to-die-for peanut dipping sauce. You are going to love it!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup lime juice juice from 1 lime
  • 12 bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
  • cilantro chopped for garnish

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • Cut the chicken into about 2 inch cubes. You can also cut the chicken into long 2 inch wide strips if preferred.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together coconut milk, soy sauce, red curry paste, yellow curry powder, turmeric, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Add in chicken and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, or up to 12 hours.
  • Skewer the chicken onto the soaked bamboo skewers so that there is a small 1/8'' gap between the pieces.
  • Grill the chicken on medium high heat until the exterior darkens and browns and chicken has firmed up and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes. Baste with butter occasionally if desired.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and a drizzle of peanut sauce.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, peanut butter, brown sugar, red curry paste, chili garlic sauce and lime juice. Whisk until smooth, If you want the sauce a little thinner, add in 1/4 cup water. Will last for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Tip: Using full-fat canned coconut milk in this recipe is preferred and will produce a thicker marinade and sauce.


Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 1137mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1788IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Chicken Satay, Peanut dipping sauce, Satay
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