Chicken Satay

Chicken satay is one of my favourite hors d’oeuvres to serve as a snack to kick off a party. You’ll fall in love with the succulent taste of this special satay recipe. You can spice it up with some chilli if you feel like something a bit spicier or you can exclude chilli and make a great snack for kids.

Strips of chicken are marinated in the satay sauce and then skewered and grilled. Serve them with peanut sauce for the ultimate taste sensation.

Serves 4



  • 1/4 cup minced lemongrass
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

For the Meat:

  • 8 boneless chicken thighs, cut into strips
  • 1 package wooden skewers

For the Peanut Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tablespoons warm water, or more as needed

Instructions for Marinade:

  1. Make the marinade by placing the lemongrass, onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and oil in a food processor.
  2. Process well until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  3. In order for the satay to taste its best, the strongest flavors should be sweet and salty.
  4. Add more sugar or more fish sauce (in place of salt) to adjust the taste.

Instructions for Meat:

  1. Cut beef or chicken into small pieces or strips—thinner is better.
  2. Place in a bowl and pour the marinade over. Stir well to combine.
  3. Allow at least 2 hours for marinating, though longer is better.
  4. When ready to cook, thread meat onto the skewers. Fill up to 3/4 of the skewer, leaving the lower half empty so that you can easily turn the satay.
  5. Grill the satay, basting the first time you turn it with a little of the leftover marinade from the bowl. Depending on how thin your meat is, the satay should be done in 10 to 20 minutes.
  6. Serve along with peanut dipping sauce.

Instructions for Peanut Dipping Sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients apart from the water to a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of warm water or until you reach desired thinness.
  4. Pour into a serving bowl and serve alongside your chicken satay.
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