Chicken satay with homemade peanut sauce

    1 hour 55 min

    Chicken satay is taken to the next level with this easy homemade dipping sauce. Everyone loves Thai food, and this recipe will be a hit at your next dinner party or BBQ. Serve as a canapé or starter, or as part of a main course.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1cm strips
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons minced fresh root ginger
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 2 teaspoons groundnut oil
    • 4 shallots, minced
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 2 teaspoons minced fresh root ginger
    • 2 small red chillies, seeded and minced
    • 125g crunchy peanut butter
    • 1 (400g) tin coconut milk
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 12 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hr marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. Toss chicken, garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon fish sauce in a bowl until the chicken is coated in the marinade. Cover, and marinate for 1 hour.
    2. While the chicken is marinating, heat the groundnut oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in shallots, garlic, ginger and chillies. Cook and stir until the shallot begins to turn golden brown, about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and stir in peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce and lime juice until blended. Simmer very gently for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and keep warm.
    3. Preheat a barbecue for medium-high heat and lightly oil cooking grate. Thread chicken onto skewers.
    4. Barbecue chicken skewers on preheated BBQ until no longer pink in the centre, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with warm peanut sauce.

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    Simple yet really delicious. This recipe gave my chicken skewers a nice thick coating of satay sauce which didn't fall off when cooked... I may have dolloped my tbsps of peanut butter.  -  05 Apr 2017


    The chicken was fantastic! I made this chicken but used the peanut sauce recipe from 'peanut sauce II' I don't have a grill, so I skipped the skewer and grill bit and just fried the chicken in a frying pan, then served the chicken and sauce over rice. I had a guest over for dinner and he kept commenting on how good it was! I'll definately be making this again!  -  12 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I'd give 4.5 if I could. The chicken was very tender, and the peanut sauce was OK... I think I'd sweeten it up a bit and add less soy sauce and more chiles next time, but that is just a matter of personal taste. What I hate about EVERY peanut sauce recipe I try is the reliance on peanut butter!!! The sauces you get in really good thai restaurants don't have that same waxy/silky texture that the peanut butter produces, but I simply cannot find a peanut sauce recipe without it!! Maybe time to create my own (and then post it!)  -  11 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)