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A pile of easy grilled chicken satay skewers on a platter.

Easy Grilled Chicken Satay

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Created by Mariam E.
Easy grilled chicken satay is an incredible flavor explosion at every step of the process. The peanut chicken marinade has that umami flavor that makes the Asian flavor desirable. These chicken satay skewers are sure to be a winner with even the pickiest of eaters.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings


For chicken

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • lb skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch size pieces

For peanut sauce

  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Red chili flakes to garnish
  • Crushed peanuts to garnish
  • Chopped cilantro to garnish
  • Lime wedges to garnish


  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients to marinate the chicken; olive oil, soy sauce, shallots, brown sugar, fish sauce, curry powder, garlic, ginger, cumin, salt, turmeric, and black pepper.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces and coat them well. Allow the chicken pieces to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto a wooden or metal skewer until the end of the skewers.
  • Place the chicken skewers on the griddle or grill pan and cook for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, turning the skewers often.
  • Once done, brush the prepared peanut sauce over the chicken skewers and garnish with red chili flakes, peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges, and serve.


  • Cut the chicken into similar-sized pieces for even cooking. 
  • Marinate the chicken for at least an hour or up to overnight if desired. 
  • Chicken thighs can also be used, and they don’t dry out. 
  • Use beef, shrimp or pork in place of the chicken. 
  • Adjust the amount of chili garlic oil to adjust the heat level. 
  • If using wooden or bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them for at least 30 minutes before grilling. 
  • Preheat your grill so it’s nice and hot when you add the chicken. 
  • Prepare the peanut dipping sauce up to 4 days in advance and warm it before serving with the chicken satay skewers. 
  • Use leftover peanut sauce in rice or noodles, as a salad dressing or on sandwiches. 
  • Double the recipe to serve these as a party appetizer. 


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 2201mg | Potassium: 835mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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