Authentic Thai Chicken Satay Skewers With Peanut Sauce

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Thai Chicken Satay: A Succulent Skewered Delight

Craving a flavorful and exotic appetizer or main course? Look no further than Thai Chicken Satay! These juicy, marinated chicken skewers are a staple of Thai cuisine, perfect for grilling, broiling, or pan-frying. The combination of savory, sweet, and slightly spicy flavors, along with the accompanying peanut sauce, creates an irresistible dish that will tantalize your taste buds.

Thai Chicken Satay Skewers
Thai Chicken Satay Skewers


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, thinly sliced

  • ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced (or 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes (optional, but recommended to prevent burning)

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Add the chicken slices and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, overnight for maximum flavor.

    2. Prepare the Skewers: If using bamboo skewers, thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the skewers, ensuring they are evenly distributed. You can thread multiple pieces per skewer, depending on their size and your preference.

    3. Cooking Methods: Choose your preferred cooking method:

    Grilling: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Once hot, grill the skewers for 5-7 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.

  • Broiling: Preheat your broiler to high. Place the skewers on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and broil for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Keep an eye on them to avoid burning.
  • Pan-frying: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the skewers and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown.

  • 4. Serve Immediately: Once cooked, remove the skewers from the heat and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 4 servings):

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 600mg (depending on the soy sauce)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Note: These are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and the cooking method.


    Thai Chicken Satay is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer, a main course with rice noodles or vegetables, or even a party finger food. The combination of tender, marinated chicken and the rich, flavorful peanut sauce is simply irresistible. So next time you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make Thai dish, give Chicken Satay a try!


    1. Can I substitute chicken thighs for breasts?

    Absolutely! Chicken thighs are a great alternative as they tend to be juicier and more flavorful than breasts. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time slightly, as thighs may take a few minutes longer to cook through.

    2. What if I don’t have lemongrass?

    Lemongrass adds a unique citrusy flavor to the marinade, but you can substitute it with 1 teaspoon of lemon zest or lime zest in a pinch. The flavor profile won’t be exactly the same, but it will still be delicious.

    3. How can I make the peanut sauce spicier?

    If you prefer a spicier peanut sauce, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce to the mixture while simmering. Adjust the amount to your taste preference.

    4. Can I use pre-made satay sauce?

    Yes, you can certainly use store-bought satay sauce for convenience. However, making your own peanut sauce allows you to control the ingredients and adjust the flavors to your liking.

    5. What are some good side dishes for Chicken Satay?