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Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay is a popular and flavorful dish from Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Thailand. These grilled skewers of marinated chicken served with a delectable peanut sauce, offer a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and slightly spicy flavors. Chicken Satay is a crowd-pleasing appetizer or main dish that is easy to make and bursting with deliciousness.
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The Story

Chicken Satay is a beloved street food item that has gained international popularity. Tender chicken pieces are marinated in a fragrant blend of spices, grilled to perfection, and served with a luscious peanut dipping sauce. The combination of succulent chicken, aromatic marinade, and creamy sauce creates a delightful explosion of flavors and textures.


500 grams boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional, for spiciness)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
Fresh cilantro or chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional)
Peanut Sauce:
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
Water (as needed to adjust consistency)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 30 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a bowl, combine soy sauce, honey (or brown sugar), vegetable oil, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, garlic powder, chili powder (if using), salt, and pepper. Mix well to form a marinade.


Add the chicken strips to the marinade and toss until each piece is well coated. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 20 minutes, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours for enhanced flavor.


Preheat the grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.


Thread the marinated chicken strips onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving some space between each piece.


Grill the chicken skewers for about 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through and slightly charred.


Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce by combining peanut butter, soy sauce, honey (or brown sugar), lime juice, grated ginger, minced garlic, and water (as needed to adjust consistency). Stir until well combined and smooth.


Once the chicken skewers are cooked, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.


Serve the Chicken Satay with the peanut sauce for dipping. Garnish with fresh cilantro or chopped peanuts, if desired.

Tips for this recipe

For a richer flavor, baste the chicken skewers with the marinade while grilling. This will add an extra layer of caramelization and depth to the satay. If you prefer a spicier version, add a bit of chili sauce or Sriracha to the peanut sauce. Enjoy the Chicken Satay as an appetizer, side dish, or as a main course served with steamed rice and a side of cucumber salad.

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