Satay Chicken with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Sunday nights are my sacred kitchen retreat. On weeknights, we usually eat leftovers of my latest rounds of recipe tests. On weekends, we often go out. Sunday, however, is my most treasured food night of them all. I take that evening to leisurely cook whatever strikes me, whether it’s a recipe from a cookbook or an old favorite that we haven’t enjoyed for a while. A few weeks ago, I made a riff on Satay Chicken with Peanut Dipping Sauce that was so dynamite, I couldn’t resist making it a second time to share with you here!

Satay Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce. EASY and DELICIOUS. Even better than a restaurant! Perfect as a party appetizer or light dinner. @wellplated

Peanut satay chicken—juicy strips of chicken that are soaked in a flavorful Asian marinade, then grilled on a skewer and served with a peanut dip—has long been one of my favorite appetizers, so much so that I have been known to flag down servers at cocktail parties to snag an extra skewer or two. Dunking a skewer of tender, grilled meat into a rich peanut dipping sauce while wearing a cocktail dress and heels might be risky business, but someone needs to forge the trail.

Thai Satay Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce. OUT OF THIS WORLD. Juicy grilled chicken with a to-die-for peanut butter sauce. Perfect for an appetizer or light dinner!

If you aren’t familiar with satay, it’s a dish that originated in Indonesia, but is popular across Southeast Asia and, if my experience has anything to say about it, weddings across the Midwest. Although there are many varieties of satay, all of them begin with tasty grilled meat and end in yummy dipping sauce.

I’m not sure if sauce is required for a skewer to be properly deemed “satay,” but since the Thai-style peanut butter dipping sauce included in this recipe is plate-licking good, I’m going to insist.

How to make restaurant-style Satay Chicken with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce. Everyone’s favorite appetizer, and it doubles as a light dinner too! @wellplated

This satay chicken recipe begins with an easy marinade that you can prep a day in advance. For the satay, I used Just BARE Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. I started buying Just BARE chicken on my own a few years ago, and I am now in my second year of partnering with the brand to create recipes, including today’s satay chicken. The chickens are raised without antibiotics, fed an all vegetable and grain diet, and both Ben and I agree that the brand’s taste and quality is superior too. I want to feel confident about the products I choose for our diet, especially when it comes to meat.

Satay Chicken with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce. Tastes SO much better than a restaurant, and healthier for you too! @wellplated

The marinated satay chicken is ultra tasty directly from the grill, but the Thai peanut dipping sauce is too good to miss. It’s creamy, richly spiced with ginger and garlic, and has a lightly spicy, sweet note that is nothing short of habit-forming.

We enjoyed this satay chicken first as a stand-alone dinner entrée with a side of steamed veggies and rice, then again diced and turned into a chicken vegetable stir fry tossed with the peanut sauce. Both were outstanding.

Satay Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce - These easy grilled skewers are absolutely perfect for a party appetizer or light dinner, and the dipping sauce is OUT OF THIS WORLD! @wellplated

Although I intended this recipe for a sacred Sunday dinner, it’s quick and easy enough to prepare on any weeknight. Plus, I love the peanut sauce far too much to limit myself to eating it only one day a week!

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Satay Chicken with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Satay Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce. Easy to make, ultra flavorful, and perfect for a party appetizer or light dinner!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound Just BARE Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 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 reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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 and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to grilling. If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  2. 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.
  3. When ready to cook, preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium high. 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.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe with 2 tablespoons dipping sauce

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 229
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 938mg
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Protein: 29g

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About Erin Clarke

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22 comments

  1. I’ve been on a major peanut sauce kick recently. This looks great!

    Any tips on cooking the chicken if you are grill-less? Would sauteing it be a good option? Baking? In these instances should I still marinade? Thanks for any advice you might have!

  2. To the best of my knowledge, satay refers just to the marinated meat.  But the meat is definitely improved with peanut sauce for dipping.

  3. I think I was just punched in the face with deliciousness. This chicken looks SO good and is such a perfect way to shake up the usual dinner routine! Love it!

  4. Loving the simplicity. This would be fantastic for an appetizer (:

  5. What a fun tradition to make whatever you want on Sunday night.  This looks flavorful and delicious!  

  6. Satay chicken holds such a dear place for me, I basically lived off that peanut sauce when I was travelling through South East Asia. Just so delicious and incredibly addictive!! Been craving it since, need to give it a go in making it =)

  7. Hey girl this looks really tasty!

  8. Peanut and Asian flavors are totally a match. Sunday nights were always my family’s one dinner out- there’s something about Sunday dinners that are so special :) 

  9. Totally making these asap – they look incredible, and I loved hearing about Sunday nights in your kitchen!

  10. Satay chicken is my all time favorite Thai food right up there with shrimp rolls, spring rolls., and panang. Oh, this recipe is making me want some Thai food right now. This looks delicious! How do you keep coming up with such awesome recipes? Keep up the good work :)

  11. This is our new favorite way to cook chicken! Thanks for an easy healthy recipe my whole family will actually eat!

  12. If you need me, I’ll be over here eating this peanut sauce with a spoon. SO GOOD. The chicken was even delicious without, but next time I’m doubling the sauce because we loved it so much.

  13. I just made this peanut sauce and it is divine :) My husband loves it too! The chicken is currently marinating for lunch tomorrow and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thank you for 2 great recipes! I’m saving some of this sauce to dip BLT rice paper rolls this week too :)

  14. I have a wicked peanut allergy. I typically use tahini in other Asian recipes to replace peanut butter. Do you think tahini will be too thin to fill out this sauce? Thanks!

    • Hi Meagan, I think tahini would be fine since it sounds like you’ve been happy with that flavor as a substitute in other dishes! I’d suggest reducing the chicken stock since tahini is thinner than peanut butter. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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