Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

    1 hour 30 min

    This recipe is my version of Thai chicken satay. Chicken breasts are marinated, skewered and barbecued to perfection, before being served with a peanut sauce. These are really delicious. They do really well at informal dinner parties.

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    Serves: 8 

    • For the chicken skewers
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
    • 1 stalk lemon grass, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon dark muscovado sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 900g skinless, chicken breast fillets, cut into strips
    • 20 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
    • For the peanut sauce
    • 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
    • 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
    • 1 (400ml) can coconut milk
    • 2 teaspoons red Thai curry paste
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
    • 1 tablespoon dark brown soft sugar

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Place vegetable oil, soy sauce, tamarind paste, lemon grass, garlic, cumin, coriander, lime juice, muscovado sugar and chilli powder in a liquidiser and process to a smooth paste. In a large bowl, or a large resealable plastic bag, toss chicken strips with marinade. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
    2. Preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
    3. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, peanuts, coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, tomato puree and dark brown soft sugar. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Keep warm.
    4. Thread chicken onto skewers. barbecue until no longer pink in the centre, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve with peanut sauce.

    Taramind paste

    Is available at most major supermarkets. If your local supermarket doesn't stock it, look in an Indian/South Asian store.

    Alternative cooking methods

    You can also cook the skewers under the grill.

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    Reviews in English (51)


    Not sure about the marinade. Tasted a bit chalky. But the peanut sauce was lovely  -  27 May 2014


    I made this for a large group of people and everyone loved it! It was so yummy! I made a few changes to adapt to what i had, or could find at the local grocer, i could only find tamarind chutney, so i used that, i couldnt find muscavado sugar, so i used brown sugar, i used natural peanut butter, and added a bit of yellow curry powder to the sauce. It was too cold outside and my bbq was tempermental so i baked in a 375 oven until they looked done. SO MOIST. huge success and i would definitely make again!  -  07 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    this was exceptionally good and very well received. the marinade never thickened and i worried about that a bit, but it still tasted great. the satay sauce tasted like something i'd get in a restaurant. i'd definitely make this again.  -  30 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)