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Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce



We were supposed to be in Thailand now, lounging on a beautiful beach, listening to the palm trees sway and rustle, dipping our toes into warm blue waters. Instead, our family was hit with Flumageddon and then our little one was hospitalized with pneumonia over the holidays. Alas, we decided we had to cancel the trip and focus on a healthy recovery at home.

As I hear news about protests and roadblocks in Bangkok, I wonder if it’s a good thing after all that we didn’t travel there now. Still, the allure of Thailand’s beauty, warmth, and delicious cuisine remains. For now, we’re enjoying a modest little taste of Thailand at home, in the form of chicken satay skewers with a tasty sweet peanut sauce. Here’s a toast to health and family, and the promise of Thailand another day.

Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Serves 4 (or 8 as an appetizer)

(I adapted this recipe from Shannon’s recipe for Easy Chicken Satay on, by adding more seasonings — ginger, turmeric, and chili powder — cutting the amount of sugar down, and substituting coconut cream for the coconut milk in the dipping sauce, among a few other slight adjustments.)

For the chicken and marinade:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 10 (6 inch) wooden skewers, or as needed, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil

For the peanut dipping sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut cream (or thick coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock (less if using liquidy coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinch of chili pepper (to taste)
  • 2-3 tablespoons lime juice (to taste)
  • 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce (to taste)
  • Salt to taste

ย Directions:

  1. Stir together 1/2 cup coconut milk, garlic, 1 teaspoon curry powder, turmeric, grated ginger, brown sugar, salt, and pepper until the sugar has dissolved. Toss marinade with the cubed chicken, cover, and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Combine 1 cup coconut cream, 1 tablespoon curry powder, peanut butter, chicken stock, grated ginger, 1 heaping Tbs. brown sugar, and chili pepper in a saucepan and warm over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until smooth and thickened (do not boil, as it can separate). Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and soy sauce; season to taste with salt.
  3. Thread marinated chicken onto pre-soaked skewers. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and warm the sesame oil; when oil is hot, grill the skewers in the skillet, 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through (you can also transfer to a roasting dish after browning and cook in a pre-heated oven at 375 F (190 C) for 10 minutes or so to ensure they are cooked through). Serve with warm peanut sauce and extra lime wedges for garnish. Good served with steamed rice and lightly dressed carrots, cucumbers, celery, and bell peppers.

Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

24 thoughts on “Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

  1. I hope everyone gets well soon honey x

  2. Looks delish! Glad you’re all recovering! Especially kiddo! Hate it when kids get seriously ill. Just hate it.
    Will try this one out for Lloyd but add some hot peppers to it. He likes it hot ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Well of course he does :). Let me know how your spicy version comes out. I usually have to keep the spice level tame in this household, but I enjoy a spicy kick once in a while myself. Thanks for your well wishes, we are doing MUCH better now. Hugs!

  3. Satay is always a winner in this house, it’s about time I made it again, so thank you for this recipe ๐Ÿ‘ I hope your little one is well x

  4. Sorry to hear you’re all under the weather! Hope you get better soon. Looks like you’re on the right track with this yummy dish.

  5. Sorry you had to cancel your trip ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hope everyone recovers soon! The chicken satay with peanut sauce sounds delicious!

  6. Aww sorry about your vacay. At least you found a way to bring thailand to you. You’ll make it when it’s meant to be. Poor little one. Wishing you all health and more travels.

  7. Great recipe! Will try it. Glad everyone is back to health & make that trip when you can –
    would love to hear about it. xoxoxo

  8. Oh no! I hope you are all on the mend now. I can’t believe I live so close to Thailand and haven’t been yet….it will be fantastic when your all well and can enjoy the pool!

  9. Waaa, oishiso~ !!!
    We were in Thailand April of 2010, when the ‘red shirts’ were demonstrating. In the 5 days we were in Bangkok, there were some killing by the government, but their activities were in a small section of the town, and luckily it did not affect us at all.

  10. Oh this is what I want right now, I love chicken satay and that peanut sauce. Yours looks wonderfully delicious. I will make this soon. Saved to evernote.

  11. LOVE this recipe and this dish!! Beautiful pictures too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just posted a vegetarian version of this a couple of weeks back. I am totally addicted to this peanut sauce ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry about your trip to Thailand, but yes, it’s a bit crazy right now, hopefully you can go another time!!

    • Thanks so much! Yeah, this sauce is addictive, isn’t it? I need to try your vegetarian version. I hope to hear about your travels too — you went to Thailand, right? I hope it was a safe and lovely trip. You’re right, it’s a bit too crazy there right now for us to go while we’re still recovering, but I hope to make it one day to this enchanting and beautiful country.

      • Hi, yes, I went to Thailand! It was so amazing, well, I know it well, because I am half Thai and used to go on vacation there all the time, out of Switzerland.
        But now I live in the US and it was really far to travel there, so it was a special treat and occasion! I really enjoyed it. I hope you get to go soon!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also better, as now they are still protesting in the city.
        let me know in case you plan to go again and need any tips! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Thanks, that would be great to get your insider perspective. Glad to hear you had an amazing trip!

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