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Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Thai Satay on a Summer Day 

Have you noticed our outlook on life is different in the summer?

Relaxed, peaceful, less aggressive, not in a hurry, more focused on family and making memories. I like the summertime me, don’t you?

Although I wish I could stay this harmonious all year long, I think the transformation in attitude is part of what makes summer special.

Grilling is an extension of this tranquil mindset. It’s a no-fuss, take-your-time way of cooking. Grilling makes me feel like I’m on vacation even when I’m standing in my own backyard.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Grilled Chicken Skewers 

I love dabbling around the deck, with tongs in one hand, beverage in the other, watching the kids kick the soccer ball across the yard, or playing a game of cornhole. I love rocking under the sun umbrella with my sweet hubby, as a smoky mesquite cloud wafts over our heads, reminding us of the good things to come. Grilling is happiness.

One thing I love to do with my grill, is to prepare dishes that are an escape from the mundane. Here I’ve made a vibrant Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce. The chicken satay skewers soak in a rich marinade of coconut milk and spices, that develops a bright and earthy skin when grilled.

The spicy peanut sauce is rich and creamy with a pop of heat from the chile-garlic sauce. It’s perfect for dipping Thai Satay… And for dipping your fingers.

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce is truly one of my favorite dishes. I always hope there will be a little peanut sauce leftover to eat with veggies the next day!

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce.

Thai Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay Ingredients

For the Chicken Satay:

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Brown Sugar
  • Fish Sauce
  • Ground Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Salt
  • Wooden Skewers

For the Peanut Dipping Sauce:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Chicken Broth
  • Honey
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Garlic Cloves 
  • Chile-Garlic Sauce 

How to Make Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce 

  1. In a large ziplock bag combine the coconut milk, sugar, fish sauce, and spices. 
  2. Soak the skewers in the mixture while preheating the grill. 
  3. Take the chicken and weave it onto the skewer and place on a baking sheet 
  4. Grill the skewers for a few minutes on each side.
  5. While grilling, puree the ingredients for the peanut sauce and set aside.
  6. Serve the skewers and sauce together while warm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is satay sauce the same as peanut sauce? 

Satay sauce is often referred to as peanut sauce. However, satay is traditionally a Southeast Asain dish, yet there are many variations of peanut sauce served around the world. Both satay sauce and peanut sauce are made from ground roasted peanuts, aromatics, and spices.

Is chicken satay healthy? 

This dish is high in protein, but it is also very high in fat. This would be a great dish for someone who is on a low carb diet and loves global cuisine. If you are looking for high protein and high fat then this dish is great for you. If you are looking to cut fat, you can substitute low-fat coconut milk, and low-fat peanut spread, instead of pure peanut butter.

This recipe is dairy-free and can be gluten-free is you select GF soy sauce.

What does Thai peanut sauce taste like? 

Thai Peanut Sauce is a rich creamy sauce that can have small chunks of peanuts as well. It is sweet, tangy, and a little spicy, with a strong peanut flavor. You can adjust these flavors to make the sauce more or less spicy and sweet. 

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Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce! Our best Thai satay with peanut dipping sauce recipe is so easy to make.
Servings: 4


For the Chicken Satay:

For the Peanut Dipping Sauce:


  • Combine the coconut milk, brown sugar, fish sauce and spices in a large zip lock bag. Shake and add the chicken tenders. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to direct medium heat. Weave each tender onto a skewer and lay on a foil-covered cookie sheet.
  • Grill the Thai chicken satay for 3 minutes per side.
  • Meanwhile, puree all the ingredients for the peanut sauce in the blender and set aside.
  • Serve the chicken satay skewers over jasmine rice with spicy peanut sauce for dipping.



Serving: 5oz, Calories: 690kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 2458mg, Potassium: 1122mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 6.4mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Author: Sommer Collier
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