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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Your kids will go crazy for these chicken skewers! You can broil them in the oven if you don't feel like firing up the grill -- either way they are super tender and tasty.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours including marinating
  • Yield: 16 - 18 satay


  • Chicken Satay

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 to 18 (12-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes
  • 1 recipe Peanut Sauce
  • Cilantro sprigs for garnish (optional)
  • Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice (about 1/2 small lime)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste


  • Chicken Satay

    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, peanut oil, sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, coriander, and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine.

  • Using kitchen scissors or a chef's knife, cut the chicken crosswise into thin strips, about 3 inches long by 1/2 inch thick. Add the chicken strips to the soy mixture and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Wash your hands thoroughly. Place the bowl into the refrigerator and marinate for 2 hours.

  • Position rack in middle of oven and adjust oven settings to broil. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil and lightly grease the foil. Or, if you prefer, preheat a grill to high and lightly oil the grill grates.

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread one strip of chicken on a soaked wooden bamboo skewer. Place the satay on the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining chicken and skewers.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, place the baking sheet in the oven and broil for 5 to 6 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly golden. If grilling, place the skewers on the grill and cook until chicken is just cooked through, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, carefully remove the Chicken Satay from the oven.

  • Serve the Chicken Satay warm, with Peanut Sauce and cilantro sprigs, if desired.

  • Peanut Sauce

    In a food processor, combine the green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger. Process on high speed for 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  • Add the peanut butter and sesame oil and process for 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  • Add the fish sauce and lime juice and process to blend, 30 seconds more.

  • Add the coconut milk, hoisin sauce, and honey, processing until smooth and scraping down the sides as needed.

  • Transfer the sauce to a dipping bowl and serve at room temperature with Chicken Satay.

  • Yield: 1 3/4 cups

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