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When you want everyone to agree on what to eat, make Chicken Satay. Grilled chicken skewers flavored with soy, lime, and ginger and served with a peanut dipping sauce, they taste succulent, a little spicy, and a little sweet. Satay is easy to make, scrumptious to eat, and there’s something inexplicably fun about eating food on a stick!

Chicken satay skewers with lime wedges and a peanut dipping sauce

Why You’ll Love This Satay Chicken

  • Appetizer or Main Event. While chicken satay is traditionally served as an appetizer (you’ve likely seen it on Asian restaurant menus), we most often enjoy it as the main event. The leftovers are also great on salads (try Ramen Salad) or turned into Asian Chicken Wraps.
  • It’s Fun. I’m not sure why, but there’s something magical about dunking a skewer of tender, grilled meat into a rich peanut dipping sauce. (Equally magical is the Thai Peanut Stir Fry That Got Me Married in my cookbook.)
  • That Sauce ‘Tho. The best part of chicken satay might just be the Thai peanut dipping sauce. It’s creamy, richly spiced with ginger and garlic, and has a lightly spicy, sweet note that is nothing short of habit-forming.

Between the quick and easy prep, leftover potential, and did I mention PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE, you’ll fall in love with this easy satay recipe!

grilled Chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce and cilantro layered on parchment

5 Star Review

“Easily the best chicken satay I’ve ever cooked or eaten.”

— Ian —

About Chicken Satay

Satay is dish that originated in Indonesia but is popular across Southeast Asia in places such as Thailand and Malaysia.

Although there are many varieties of satay, all of them begin with tasty meat that’s marinaded in a variety of herbs and aromatics (chicken, pork, and beef can all be used for satay), then grilled over an open flame for a lightly crisp exterior, smoky taste, and juicy interior.

Satay is also served with dipping sauce to complement the meat.

In Indonesian chicken satay recipes and Thai chicken skewers, the sauce is typically made with peanut butter, sugar (I use honey), and spices.

It’s sweet, spicy, nutty, and absolutely delicious.

Grilled chicken skewers with dipping sauce made of peanuts

How to Make Chicken Satay

This chicken satay skewers recipe begins with an easy marinade.

It ends with a rich and tangy-sweet peanut dipping sauce that you’ll want to start enjoying on EVERYTHING (we love it with Air Fryer Tofu too!).

You can serve satay hot off the grill, or enjoy it at room temperature.

Satay sauce can be served hot or cold, though I find it’s best either warm or at room temperature.

The Ingredients

Chicken Satay

  • Marinade. A salty-sweet blend of soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, Sriracha, lime juice, ginger, and garlic. It will flavor every bite of the chicken and does double duty to tenderize the meat.

How Long to Marinade Chicken

Chicken can be marinaded up to 1 day in advance. I don’t recommend marinating the chicken for longer than 24 hours, as the meat will begin to break down.

For more marinade tips, check out my all-purpose Chicken Marinade and Chicken Thigh Marinade.

  • Chicken Breast. Between the marinade and the grill, the chicken becomes exceptionally tasty and tender. Chicken breasts are also easy to thread onto skewers, so much better than chicken thighs.

The Best Peanut Dipping Sauce

The Thai peanut dipping sauce might just be the best part of chicken satay!

  • Peanut Butter. A delicious peanut sauce requires creamy, rich peanut butter for flavor and texture.
  • Honey. Naturally sweetens our peanut sauce just enough to keep you coming back for more (like in my favorite Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken recipe); honey also tastes outstanding paired with the peanut butter in savory dishes like this one.
  • Soy Sauce + Fish Sauce. Salty, umami flavor bombs.
  • Sriracha. For a touch of heat. If you want spicy chicken satay skewers, you can add more for an extra kick.
  • Ginger + Garlic. Two must-have ingredients that provide complex flavors.
  • Lime Juice + Cilantro. Acidity and freshness. Could use shallot or red onion as well.

The Directions

Chicken breasts in a marinade
  1. Marinate the chicken, and soak the skewers.
A pot of peanut dipping sauce simmering on the stove
  1. Prepare the peanut dipping sauce.
marinated chicken being placed on a skewer for satay
  1. Thread the skewers.
Chicken skewers being grilled inside
  1. Grill the satay skewers over medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  2. Serve with toppings and peanut dipping sauce. ENJOY!
A sheet pan of grilled chicken satay skewers with a bowl of peanut sauce for dipping

How to Make Baked Chicken Satay

Here are some tips for making chicken satay skewers without a grill.

Personally, I prefer the char the grill (or a grill pan on the stovetop) adds, but if you don’t have access, the oven will still produce good results.

  • Marinate the chicken as directed, soak the skewers, and prepare the peanut sauce.
  • When you’re ready to cook the chicken, lay the threaded chicken skewers on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Broil the skewers for 5 to 6 minutes, until the chicken is golden on the outside and cooked through.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Leftover skewers can be stored in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store the peanut sauce in a separate airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Remove the chicken from the skewers and place it on a baking sheet. Let come to room temperature, then reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees F. As soon as the satay is warm, serve it immediately; watch it carefully so that it doesn’t dry out. Reheat the sauce gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring every few minutes.
  • To Freeze. Freeze chicken and peanut sauce separately in airtight, freezer-safe storage containers for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Leftover Ideas

If you have leftovers of these chicken skewers (which I doubt you will, but hey) they’re delicious over a bed of your favorite greens, with Homemade Fried Rice, or this Asian Noodle Salad.

What to Serve with Chicken Satay

  • Grill Skewers. A stainless steel set that’s easy to use anytime a craving strikes. No need to soak them first.
  • Grill Tongs. Easily grip and flip anything on the grill.
  • Grill Pan. For those without an outdoor grill, this indoor grill pan works on any stove and will yield excellent results.

Chicken satay with peanut sauce, you are just so dippin’ good.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chicken Satay Spicy?

I do not find this chicken satay spicy, however, we all definitely have different degrees of spiciness. If you or your family are sensitive to spicy foods, you can leave out or reduce the sriracha to suit your tastes.

Can I Use this Recipe to Make Beef Satay?

I have not tried making this recipe with another protein, but I think beef or pork would both be tasty. If you decide to give it a go, I’d love to hear how it goes. I suggest using flank steak cut across the grain into 1/2-inch strips and diced pork tenderloin.

How Can I Prepare Chicken Satay Without a Grill?

If you don’t own a grill, don’t despair. I’ve included directions for baking chicken satay above. You can also enjoy this chicken satay recipe by using an indoor grill plate on your stovetop or even a panini press. Just note that the cook times may need to be adjusted slightly so keep an eye on the chicken as it cooks.

What is Chicken Satay Marinated in?

In this marinade I’ve used, low-sodium soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, honey, sriracha sauce, ground ginger and garlic.
Sometimes you might find the flavors of turmeric, lemongrass, curry powder, a sweetener like brown sugar, and ground coriander.

Chicken Satay

4.77 from 143 votes
Chicken satay is an easy grilled chicken recipe that's perfect for a light meal or for party appetizers. Healthy and a crowd-pleaser!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten free
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce or additional 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice from 2 small, juicy limes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten free
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce or additional 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice from about 1 small lime
  • Chopped fresh cilantro chopped unsalted roasted peanuts, and lime wedges, for serving


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients, except for the chicken: soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, honey, Sriracha, ginger, and garlic. Add the chicken, toss to coat, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling. If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine the chicken broth, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, Sriracha, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then let cook, stirring often, until the sauce is smooth and has thickened, about 6 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and set aside.
  • When ready to cook, preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high. Then thread the chicken onto skewers.
  • Grill chicken until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Let rest for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro, then serve warm with peanut sauce and lime wedges.



  • TO STORE: Leftover skewers can be stored in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store the peanut sauce in a separate airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Remove the chicken from the skewers and place it on a baking sheet. Let come to room temperature, then reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees F. As soon as the satay is warm, serve it immediately; watch it carefully so that it doesn’t dry out. Reheat the sauce gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring every few minutes.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze chicken and peanut sauce separately in airtight, freezer-safe storage containers for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 32gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgPotassium: 694mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 48IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Wondering if I can substitute agave syrup (or something else…maybe date syrup?) for the honey in the chicken marinade? Want my 9 month old grandson to be able to eat the chicken and honey is a no-no for kids under a year old! I can keep it in the dipping sauce for the rest of us since we’re well over a year old!😝

    1. Hi Kritin! While I haven’t tried it, I am sure you could. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  2. This was amazing. I made it with the cucumber salad you recommend as a side dish and rice and my boyfriend said it was one of his favourite meals I have made him. Will definitely be making again!5 stars

    1. Hi Hillary! You probably could use fresh ginger, I am just not able to advise on the amount to use since I’ve only tested it with ground ginger. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  3. This recipe is seriously SO GOOD. it’s become a quick and easy staple for my family this summer, and I always double up the sauce and drink a cup on the side (joking but not really). The flavors are perfect, the ingredients are things I always have on hand, and it’s so easy to add to salads, rice bowls, or serve as apps. Kids love it too!!5 stars

  4. Easy and delicious Chicken Satay recipe. Followed the recipe with great results. I did add extra Sriracha, we love spicy! I served with Fried Rice. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. Its been added to our rotation meals:)5 stars

  5. This recipe never disappoints, consistently moist flavorful chicken & oh, the peanut sauce! Umami yum, oh hello slightly spicy, hit me again please! Family decided finger foods only for Christmas Eve, so I brought this over & earned my Santa Claus stars ⭐️, easily 5 of them!!5 stars

  6. This was by far the best peanut sauce I’ve ever tasted, homemade or in a restaurant. I didn’t add honey, because I didn’t have any, but I did try to stick pretty close with everything else.5 stars

  7. Good peanut sauce recipe! I used fresh ginger and mixed ingredients in the blender instead of stovetop.5 stars

  8. My 10-year-old almost wanted to skip her friend’s house when I told her this was the dinner plan. It’s my kid’s number one request right now. Omitted the fish sauce because we didn’t have any, and reduced the spice level.5 stars

  9. This turned out GREAT!!! The chicken was tenderrrr mmm. Chicken breast isn’t my favorite. Thighs get my attention. Now IDC (I Don’t Care) because the Breasts came out so great. The best part was the heavenly Peanut Sauce. Wow! Kapow! I have a favorite restaurant about 90 miles away. They make the best Peanut sauce. Now with your help and your recipe I make the best Peanut Sauce. You made me an instant fan on my first recipe with you!5 stars

  10. Delicious!!! I have gotten into cooking Thai food lately because I always love a good take out and we have a restaurant close by that has awesome chicken satay. I followed your recipe exactly with the exception of using fresh ginger vs powdered. Marinated the chicken overnight and cooked it in the over vs the grill because we were out of propane. It came out so so so good. The peanut sauce was absolutely amazing and I would say surpasses the sauce from our local restaurant.5 stars

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