Chicken Satay Skewers Recipe

When you skewer chicken on a stick and combine it with a no-cook peanut dipping sauce, steamed rice and fresh veg, you have got an easy family dinner that is worth remembering. These delicious Chicken Satay Skewers can be made ahead of time and frozen and the mouth-watering peanut sauce (which is made with a handful of pantry staples!) can also be made ahead of time, perfect for busy weeknights. If threading chicken onto skewers isn’t your idea of a good time, simply marinate the chicken fillets and cook them whole. I’ve served these skewers with cucumber, red onion and coriander but you can use whatever is in season where you are (steamed veg, like broccoli, green beans, pak choy, bok choy, sugar snap peas, carrots, cauliflower and baby corn would all work really well!)

Can you make Chicken Satay Skewers ahead of time?

Yes, you can refrigerate marinated Chicken Satay Skewers for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and cook as per the recipe. Prepare the sauce and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Are Chicken Satay Skewers suitable for leftovers?

For leftover Chicken Satay Skewers, refrigerate the cooked chicken and peanut sauce in separate containers for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven. Not suitable for freezing once prepared.

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Chicken Satay Skewers Recipe

Chicken Satay Skewers

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  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Chicken skewers

  • 10 bamboo skewers
  • 500 g (1 lb) chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • ¼ (60 ml) cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

No-cook peanut dipping sauce

  • ½ cup (129 g) natural smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamari or  all-purpose soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 23 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp crushed peanuts (see note 1)

To serve

  • Crushed peanuts
  • Lime wedges
  • Steamed rice
  • Cucumber slices
  • Red onion slices
  • Coriander/cilantro
  • Fresh chilli (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak the skewers in water for 10 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. Place the chicken, curry powder, coconut milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Thread the chicken onto the skewers (4-5 pieces on each skewer).
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken in batches for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Combine the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl using a whisk. Add water until the sauce is creamy and at your desired consistency. It can be warmed on the stove if preferred (2-3 additional tablespoons of water will be required).
  5. Pile the chicken satay onto a platter. Serve a bowl of the dipping sauce on the side and scatter with crushed peanuts. Serve with lime wedges, steamed rice, cucumber slices, red onion slices, coriander and fresh chilli if using.

Notes

Note 1 – I like to buy peanuts in their shell–they last so much longer in the pantry. Simply peel on demand and chop roughly using your kitchen knife. 

MAKE AHEAD

Refrigerate marinated skewers for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and cook as per the recipe. Prepare the sauce and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate cooked chicken and peanut sauce in separate containers for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven. Not suitable for freezing once prepared.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Fry, BBQ, Grill
  • Cuisine: Singaporean