Chicken Satay is juicy, tangy, and absolutely divine. Marinated and then grilled to perfection serve these with a savory peanut sauce that is positively addicting.
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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Satay is a national dish of Indonesia. A popular Southeast Asian street food that involves marinated meat that is skewered, grilled and served with a saucy dip. Satay can be served using a variety of meats but today we are using chicken. The combination of spices and coconut milk creates a marinade that leaves the chicken exploding with flavor in every bite. The ease of making this dish is going to have you making it on a regular basis. The intense taste will keep your family asking for more.
Serving the chicken satay with peanut sauce is a must. It is the ultimate companion for these with its spicy, peanutty, and creamy taste and texture. Your whole family is going to love them. Typically served as an appetizer, these can easily be turned into a main dish by adding rice, cucumber salad, or noodles.
What You Need For Savory Chicken Satay
Spices come together to create a chicken that bursts with flavor. This chicken satay is quick and simple to make. It makes for the perfect appetizer or light dinner. Find all ingredient measurements below in the recipe card.
Chicken thighs: Use boneless, skinless thighs to make it easier to cut.
Coconut milk: Find Coconut milk in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store. It’s usually in a can.
We love these grilled chicken satay with a nice char on them, they are so good! Choose your chicken, marinate and add to skewers! It is that simple with these tips.
Chicken: Chicken thighs are a moist tender cut of chicken that cooks easier without drying out as fast. Chicken breasts can also be used with good success. You can leave the chicken in long strips if you desire but the bite sized chunks are easier to eat.
Marinate: The longer you can marinate the chicken the better, but don’t marinte it for too long or it will break down the proteins. Stick to between 6-24 hours for maxium flavor. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking so that the chicken comes to room temperature. It will help the chicken cook more evenly.
Skewers: If you are using wooden skewers be sure to soak them for at least an hour before threading the chicken. You can even soak them overnight if you desire.
Different Meat: Use this recipe for beef, pork, or shrimp. Check the grilling times however as they will be different from the chicken.
How you know your chicken is done: When the internal temperature of the chicken is 160 degress you can remove it from the grill ( the internal temperature will continue to rise as it rests) and let it rest, allowing the juices to redistribute in the meat. Loosely cover with foil while it rests for about 5 minutes.
Cooking Variations for Chicken
Grilling isn’t the only way to cook your chicken! Thai chicken satay can be cooking in the oven or stovetop too.
Stove Top: Using a cast iron grill pan or just a cast iron skillet work the best for giving it a good crust on the outside. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and heat over medium high heat. Place the chicken in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per a side or till the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Oven: This a great way to cook the chicken without having to babysit it. Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray. Space out the chicken on the baking sheet so there is ample space between them so it doesn’t steam them. Bake for 15-20 minutes or till the internal temp is 165 degrees.
Add: You can add pineapple, peppers, onions or zucchini to the skewers if you desire.
How to Store Chicken Satay Skewers
Storing: To store leftover skewers, place them in tightly sealed continer and refrigerate for up to 4 days. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave.
Serving Leftovers: Leftovers make great rice bowls, tacos, salad toppers, and even pizza!
More Thai Recipes To Try
Thai dishes can be sweet, sour, salty or spicy. They often include noodles, rice, lettuce and vegetables. Traditional thai food usually uses beef, chicken, lamb or shrimp. Curry is a big part of Thai cooking, but not everything has curry in it, despite what some might think. The range of spices and flavors in Thai cooking is amazing. You can definitely find something to love and here are a few recipes to start with.