Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

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Chicken Satay skewers with the easiest peanut sauce is both authentic and approachable for kids too! So delicious you’ll skip the Thai food delivery!

Chicken Satay skewers with the easiest peanut sauce is both authentic and approachable for kids too! So delicious you'll skip the Thai food delivery! Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

We’re totally creatures of comfort around here. If you were to work at one of our favorite delivery options you’d know our order the second you heard our voices. When it comes to ordering Thai food the kids are ALL about chicken satay.

Chicken satay is sweet, salty, savory and tangy. The peanut sauce is creamy, slightly spicy and citrusy with both lime juice and zest.

We’ve created many different versions of peanut sauce including peanut sauce with coconut milk, but this version is genuinely the easiest peanut sauce ever without even needing the coconut milk.

The best chicken satay uses an ingredient called lemongrass. I actually love cooking with fresh lemongrass, but I find it hit or miss when I am cooking for clients who don’t have local Asian grocery stores.

To combat the issues with finding lemongrass I actually use dried lemongrass in this recipe and it works PERFECTLY. You can of course use fresh, I’d say about a 2 inch piece of fresh lemongrass would be plenty.

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Other tips for these Chicken Satay Skewers:

  • Soak the wooden skewers before grilling them. I start soaking before doing anything else, then just thread the chicken on. No need to dry them.
  • If you have found this recipe in time, the longer you marinate the chicken, the better the flavors. I try to give it a full 24 hours.
  • Try not to overcook, white meat chicken will tend to dry out before dark meat. Just a few minutes on each side is plenty.
  • Looking for a fun presentation, I dressed them up with chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts and a swirl of Sriracha in the dipping bowl.

Looking for the slow cooker version? Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

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Tools used in the making of this Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce:
Dried Lemongrass: All the flavor with all the convenience.
Fish Sauce: Great flavors, but for our family I actually use the fish free version (tastes JUST as good)
Dark Soy Sauce: Brewed longer and with a thicker texture the flavors are not saltier than soy sauce, they’re more like a marinade.

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay skewers with the easiest peanut sauce is both authentic and approachable for kids too! So delicious you’ll skip the Thai food delivery!

Ingredients:

Chicken Satay

  • 1/4 cup dried lemongrass
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (1 inch piece)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup lite soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • wooden skewers

Directions:

  1. Soak your wooden skewers in water.
  2. Add all the ingredients from the chicken marinade except for the chicken in the food processor and puree until smooth.
  3. Add the marinade to the chicken pieces and let marinate for as long as possible (30 minutes minimum but ideally one day).
  4. Thread each piece of chicken onto a wooden skewer (about 6-8 pieces on each one).
  5. Cook on a grill or grill pan over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. To make the peanut sauce add all the ingredients of the sauce together in a small food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Looking for a fun presentation, I dressed them up with chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts and a swirl of Sriracha in the dipping bowl.
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Chicken Satay skewers with the easiest peanut sauce is both authentic and approachable for kids too! So delicious you'll skip the Thai food delivery!
Satay Chicken made SUPER EASY with a spicy, citrus flavored peanut dipping sauce. Skip the Thai delivery!

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