Spicy‌ ‌Chicken‌ ‌Satay‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌Peanut‌ ‌Dipping‌ ‌Sauce‌

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Combining‌ ‌this‌ ‌spicy‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌satay recipe‌ ‌with‌ ‌grilled‌ ‌summer‌ ‌veggies‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌crisp‌ ‌green‌ ‌salad‌ ‌provides‌ ‌a‌ ‌satisfying‌ ‌light‌ ‌meal‌ ‌or‌ ‌appetizer‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌modest‌ ‌party.‌ ‌For‌ ‌bigger‌ ‌parties,‌ ‌this‌ ‌flavorful‌ ‌dish‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌doubled‌ ‌or‌ ‌quadrupled.‌ ‌

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Spicy‌ ‌Chicken‌ ‌Satay‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌Peanut‌ ‌Dipping‌ ‌Sauce‌ served.

Is‌ ‌satay‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌as‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce?‌ ‌

Peanut‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌dish‌ ‌that‌ ‌originated‌ ‌in‌ ‌Indonesia‌ ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌frequently‌ ‌linked‌ ‌with‌ ‌Thai‌ ‌cuisine‌ ‌(source).‌ ‌In‌ ‌Indonesia,‌ ‌satay‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌(or‌ ‌bumbu‌ ‌kacang)‌ ‌is‌ ‌more‌ ‌often‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌(or‌ ‌bumbu‌ ‌kacang)‌ ‌because‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌most‌ ‌commonly‌ ‌served‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌popular‌ ‌Indonesian‌ ‌meal‌ ‌satay‌ ‌(skewered,‌ ‌grilled‌ ‌meats).‌ ‌

What‌ ‌does‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌satay‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌taste‌ ‌like?‌ ‌

The great ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌flavor‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌balanced‌ ‌off‌ ‌by‌ ‌ginger,‌ ‌lime,‌ ‌soy‌ ‌sauce,‌ ‌and‌ ‌garlic‌ ‌overtones.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌end,‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌many‌ ‌bad‌ ‌choices.‌ ‌Some‌ ‌are‌ ‌so‌ ‌salty‌ ‌that‌ ‌your‌ ‌tongue‌ ‌will‌ ‌cringe,‌ ‌while‌ ‌others‌ ‌are‌ ‌so‌ ‌bland‌ ‌with‌ ‌only‌ ‌a‌ ‌trace‌ ‌of‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌flavor.‌ ‌

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Does‌ ‌satay‌ ‌always‌ ‌have‌ ‌peanuts?‌ ‌

Traditionally,‌ ‌satay‌ ‌refers‌ ‌to‌ ‌any‌ ‌grilled‌ ‌skewered‌ ‌meats‌ ‌served‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌sauces,‌ ‌not‌ ‌just‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌

What‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌ingredients‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌Spicy‌ ‌Chicken‌ ‌Satay‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌Peanut‌ ‌Dipping‌ ‌Sauce?‌ ‌

  • ‌This‌ ‌recipe‌ ‌has‌ ‌a prep‌ ‌time‌ ‌of‌ ‌10‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌plus‌ ‌marinating‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌will‌ ‌cook‌ ‌for‌ ‌about‌ ‌15‌ ‌to‌ ‌20‌ ‌minutes.‌ ‌It‌ ‌serves‌ ‌4‌ ‌to‌ ‌6‌ ‌or‌ ‌2‌ ‌to‌ ‌3‌ ‌skewers‌ ‌per‌ ‌person.‌ ‌Here‌ ‌the‌ ‌ingredients‌ ‌that‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌need:‌ ‌
  • ‌Chicken‌ ‌breast‌ ‌-‌ ‌The‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌gets‌ ‌extremely‌ ‌tender‌ ‌and‌ ‌flavorful‌ ‌as‌ ‌it‌ ‌cooks‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌marinade.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌also‌ ‌the‌ ‌simplest‌ ‌to‌ ‌thread‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌breasts.‌ ‌
  • Soy‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌-‌ ‌For‌ ‌both‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌dipping‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌
  • Sesame‌ ‌oil‌ ‌-‌ ‌Has‌ ‌a‌ ‌very‌ ‌strong‌ ‌flavor.‌ ‌
  • Hot‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌-‌ ‌Use‌ ‌a‌ ‌level‌ ‌of‌ ‌heat‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌comfortable‌ ‌eating.‌ ‌
  • Pure‌ ‌maple‌ ‌syrup‌ ‌-‌ ‌For‌ ‌both‌ ‌the‌ ‌dipping‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken.‌ ‌Make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌using‌ ‌100%‌ ‌maple‌ ‌syrup,‌ ‌not‌ ‌”maple-flavored”‌ ‌corn‌ ‌syrup,‌ ‌which‌ ‌is‌ ‌merely‌ ‌flavored‌ ‌corn‌ ‌syrup.‌ ‌
  • Fresh‌ ‌lime‌ ‌juice‌ ‌-‌ ‌Enhances‌ ‌the‌ ‌flavor‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌and‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌
  • Garlic‌ ‌cloves‌ ‌-‌ ‌A‌ ‌must-have‌ ‌ingredient‌ ‌that‌ ‌provides‌ ‌complex‌ ‌flavors.‌ ‌
  • Fresh‌ ‌ginger‌ ‌piece‌ ‌-‌ ‌Also‌ ‌provides‌ ‌complex‌ ‌flavors.‌ ‌ ‌
  • Sea‌ ‌salt‌ ‌and‌ ‌black‌ ‌pepper‌ ‌-‌ ‌Seasonings‌ ‌for‌ ‌both‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌and‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌
  • Low-sodium‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌stock‌ ‌-‌ ‌Because‌ ‌soy‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌contains‌ ‌salt,‌ ‌and‌ ‌this‌ ‌dish‌ ‌contains‌ ‌salt,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌best‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌low-sodium‌ ‌or‌ ‌unsalted.‌ ‌
  • Peanut‌ ‌butter‌ ‌-‌ ‌For‌ ‌flavor‌ ‌and‌ ‌texture,‌ ‌a‌ ‌wonderful‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌needs‌ ‌creamy,‌ ‌rich‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌butter.‌ ‌
  • Cayenne‌ ‌pepper‌ ‌-‌ ‌For‌ ‌vibrant‌ ‌flavor‌ ‌and‌ ‌fiery‌ ‌spice.‌ ‌
  • Garlic‌ ‌powder‌ ‌-‌ ‌Brings‌ ‌smooth,‌ ‌balanced‌ ‌warmth‌ ‌and‌ ‌complexity‌ ‌to‌ ‌this‌ ‌savory‌ ‌dish.‌ ‌
  • Fresh‌ ‌cilantro‌ ‌-‌ ‌It‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌lovely‌ ‌earthy‌ ‌and‌ ‌floral‌ ‌aroma.‌ ‌
  • Roasted‌ ‌peanuts‌ ‌-‌ ‌To‌ ‌add‌ ‌texture‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌dipping‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌
  • ‌You‌ ‌will‌ ‌also‌ ‌need‌ ‌wooden‌ ‌or‌ ‌metal‌ ‌skewers.‌ ‌‌ ‌

How‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌Spicy‌ ‌Chicken‌ ‌Satay‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌Peanut‌ ‌Dipping‌ ‌Sauce?‌ ‌

Now‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌gathered‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌ingredients,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌this‌ ‌recipe.‌ ‌Follow‌ ‌the‌ ‌instructions‌ ‌below‌.‌ ‌

If‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌using‌ ‌wooden‌ ‌skewers,‌ ‌soak‌ ‌them‌ ‌in‌ ‌water‌ ‌until‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌ready‌ ‌to‌ ‌cook‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌then‌ ‌set‌ ‌them aside.‌ ‌

In a large mixing bowl, combine‌ ‌soy‌ ‌sauce,‌ ‌sesame‌ ‌oil,‌ ‌spicy‌ ‌sauce,‌ ‌maple‌ ‌syrup,‌ ‌lime‌ ‌juice,‌ ‌garlic,‌ ‌and‌ ‌fresh‌ ‌ginger‌ ‌.‌ ‌

Add‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌strips‌ ‌and‌ ‌season‌ ‌with‌ ‌salt‌ ‌and‌ ‌black‌ ‌pepper‌ ‌to‌ ‌taste.‌ ‌Refrigerate‌ ‌for‌ ‌at‌ ‌least‌ ‌2‌ ‌hours‌ ‌or‌ ‌overnight‌ ‌if‌ ‌possible.‌ ‌While‌ ‌marinating,‌ ‌turn‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌at‌ ‌least‌ ‌once.‌ ‌ ‌

Then‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌small‌ ‌saucepan‌ ‌over‌ ‌medium‌ ‌heat,‌ ‌combine‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌stock,‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌butter,‌ ‌soy‌ ‌sauce,‌ ‌maple‌ ‌syrup,‌ ‌cayenne‌ ‌pepper,‌ ‌lime‌ ‌juice,‌ ‌and‌ ‌garlic‌ ‌powder‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌the‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌

Cook,‌ ‌stirring‌ ‌regularly,‌ ‌for‌ ‌about‌ ‌5-6‌ minutes,‌ ‌or‌ ‌until‌ ‌the‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌is‌ ‌smooth‌ ‌and‌ ‌slightly‌ ‌thickened.‌ ‌Remove‌ ‌the‌ ‌pan‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌heat‌ ‌and‌ ‌place‌ ‌it‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌serving‌ dish.‌ ‌Set‌ ‌aside‌ ‌after‌ ‌topping‌ ‌with‌ ‌fresh‌ ‌cilantro‌ ‌and‌ ‌roasted‌ ‌peanuts.‌ ‌

Meanwhile,‌ ‌clean‌ ‌the‌ ‌grates‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌gas‌ ‌grill‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌stiff‌ ‌wire‌ ‌brush‌ ‌and‌ ‌spray‌ ‌with‌ ‌non-stick‌ ‌cooking‌ ‌spray‌ ‌before‌ ‌grilling‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken.‌ ‌

Preheat‌ ‌the‌ ‌grill‌ ‌to‌ ‌medium-high.‌ ‌When‌ ‌cooking‌ ‌inside,‌ ‌coat‌ ‌a‌ ‌grill‌ ‌pan‌ ‌with‌ ‌non-stick‌ ‌cooking‌ ‌spray‌ ‌and‌ ‌heat‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌low-medium‌ ‌heat‌ ‌setting.)‌ ‌ ‌

Place‌ ‌the‌ ‌prepared‌ ‌skewers‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌direct‌ ‌medium-high‌ ‌oven‌ ‌and‌ ‌thread‌ ‌the‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌strips‌ ‌on‌ ‌them.‌ ‌

Cook,‌ ‌rotating‌ ‌once,‌ ‌for‌ ‌4-6‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌per‌ ‌side,‌ ‌or‌ ‌until‌ ‌well‌ ‌browned‌ ‌and‌ ‌cooked‌ ‌through ‌about‌ ‌4-6‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌total.‌ ‌(If‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌cooking‌ ‌indoors,‌ ‌cook‌ ‌each‌ ‌side‌ ‌for‌ ‌5-7‌ ‌minutes.)‌ ‌ ‌

Lastly,‌ ‌remove‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌heat‌ ‌and‌ ‌serve‌ ‌immediately‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌serving‌ ‌of‌ ‌peanut‌ ‌sauce.‌ ‌Enjoy!‌ ‌

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Yield: 6

Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce

Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce

This spicy chicken recipe, served with grilled summer vegetables and a crisp green salad, makes a filling light entrée or appetizer for a small gathering. This tasty dish can be doubled or quadrupled for larger gatherings.

Cook Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to ½” thick and cut into 1” strips
  • 3 T. soy sauce
  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 1½ T. hot sauce
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T. fresh ginger piece, finely minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Peanut Dipping Sauce:

  • ¾ c. low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • ¼ c. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ c. roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place wooden skewers, if using, in a bowl of water until ready to prepare chicken. Set aside.
  2. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, garlic, and fresh ginger in a large mixing bowl. Season with a salt and black pepper, as desired, and add the chicken strips. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Turn chicken at least once while marinating.
  3. To prepare the peanut sauce, combine the chicken stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lime juice, and garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer gently, stirring frequently, until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, around 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving container. Top with fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts and set aside.
  4. To prepare chicken, clean the grates on a gas grill with a stiff wire brush and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Close the lid and preheat grill to medium. (To prepare indoors, spray a grill pan with non-stick cooking spray and set heat to just below medium-high).
  5. Thread chicken strips onto prepared skewers and place over direct medium heat. Close the cover and cook, turning once, until nicely browned and cooked through, approximately 4-6 minutes per side. (If cooking indoors, increase cooking time to 5-7 minutes per side).
  6. Remove from heat and serve immediately with the peanut dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 905mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 30g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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