Authentic Thai Peanut Chicken Satay at Home

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peanut butter chicken satay

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I’m constantly tweaking my past creations, aiming for that perfect dish. Now, I’ve dabbled in peanut chicken a few times, but this round? I infused it with an extra kick, blending in red curry paste and diving deeper into the heart of Thai flavor profiles.

In the majority of grocery stores I’ve set foot in, there’s typically a section bursting with fresh herbs and spices. Nestled within the fresh produce aisles, this little haven is where you’ll stumble upon various blends and prepped herbs.

When on the hunt, look for something that screams “Thai!” For this dish, I went with Gourmet Garden’s Thai Seasoning—a punchy mix of lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, and Thai chilies. Combine this with staples like peanut butter, soy sauce, hoisin, red curry paste, and a sprinkle of common spices, and you’ve got yourself the golden ticket: our star peanut sauce.

ingredients for chicken satay

Here’s What You Need:

  • Chicken breast tenders: The protein star; lean and easy to skewer.
  • Peanut butter: Creamy base for the sauce, adds depth and richness.
  • Sriracha: Gives a spicy kick to elevate heat levels.
  • Red curry paste: Enhances the sauce with authentic Thai flavor.
  • Chili pepper: Infuses a fiery and fresh zing to the mix.
  • Thai seasoning paste: Provides a burst of essential Thai herbs and spices.
  • Soy sauce: Adds a savory, salty umami profile.
  • Hoisin sauce: Contributes a sweet and tangy edge.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Deepens the flavor with a tangy, umami touch.
  • Yellow curry powder: Brings warmth and golden color.
  • Coriander: Imparts a fresh, citrusy aroma and flavor.
  • Ginger powder: Introduces a spicy and aromatic warmth.
  • Fresh parsley: Garnish for freshness; also adds a herbal touch.
  • Salt & pepper: Fundamental seasonings for taste adjustment.
  • Wooden skewers: Holds the chicken for even cooking and easy serving.
mixing ingredients for marinade

Let’s Cook!

Making this sauce is a breeze. Simply whisk those ingredients together until you’ve got a rich, brown elixir. I usually let mine sit in the chills for about an hour; this step melds the flavors, letting them dance and harmonize.

peanut sauce recipe

While your sauce is getting its chill on, it’s chicken time. Slice your chicken into sleek strips and give them a classic seasoning of salt and pepper. If you’re thinking of a grill night, remember this hot tip: always soak those skewers in water. You don’t want a mini bonfire with flaming skewers, trust me!

skewered chicken

With your chicken on skewers, it’s peanut butter time. Use half of your peanut sauce, brushing it generously over the chicken, ensuring every nook and cranny is covered. Set your oven to broil and cook those babies for eight to ten minutes. Don’t forget to flip them at the halfway mark, and while you’re there, layer on some more sauce. This extra coat ensures that Thai flavor sings through every bite.

Reserve the remaining sauce for dipping; it’s the perfect accompaniment. Fun fact: my boyfriend’s hooked on this dish! He’s been on a peanut chicken spree ever since he had a taste. Can’t say I blame him—it’s a winner in our book!

peanut butter chicken satay

Thai Peanut Chicken Satay Tips:

  • Sauce Consistency: If your sauce is too thick, thin it slightly with some coconut milk or water.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Keep an eye on the chicken while broiling; it cooks quickly and can dry out.
  • Parsley Substitution: If fresh parsley isn’t on hand, cilantro offers a fantastic alternative for garnish.
  • Skewer Safety: Always soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent burning.
  • Customizing Heat: Adjust the quantity of sriracha and chili peppers based on your heat preference.
  • Storage: Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
easy chicken satay dinner

This Thai peanut chicken satay brings the vibrant flavors of Thailand right to your kitchen. With the perfect blend of creamy, spicy, and savory, it’s no wonder this has quickly become a favorite in my household. The rich peanut sauce complements the tender chicken, and the added kick from the sriracha and red curry paste truly makes each bite memorable. Whether you’re hosting a party or just in the mood for a flavorful treat, this dish is sure to impress. Hungry People, this is one for the books!

peanut butter satay

Thai Peanut Chicken Satay

The Starving Chef
Savor the blend of spicy and creamy with this thai peanut chicken satay, paired with a rich peanut sauce.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Course Dinner, International
Cuisine Quick & Easy, Thai
Servings 4



  • In a small bowl, microwave the peanut butter for about 30 seconds or until it can be stirred easily. Whisk in the sriracha, Thai seasoning paste, red curry paste, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, Worcestershire sauce, yellow curry powder, coriander, ginger powder, chopped chili pepper, and parsley. Chill the sauce for about one hour.
  • While the sauce is chilling, soak the wooden skewers in a shallow pan filled with water.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the broiler on the oven (or preheat the oven to 500°F). Cut the chicken into thin strips. Thread the chicken onto the skewers and season with salt and pepper.
  • Reserve half of the peanut sauce for later. Brush the chicken on all sides with the remaining peanut sauce.
  • Arrange the chicken on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, brush again with sauce, flip the chicken, and continue to broil for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has darkened slightly.
  • Serve the chicken satay with the reserved peanut sauce for dipping. Garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!
Keyword chicken, peanut butter, satay
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