Spicy Chicken Satay Recipe with a Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Spicy Chicken Satay Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

Satay is a popular street food in Southeast Asia – and is a popular dish when I serve it!

Whenever I make skewers of chicken satay for a party, they always get gobbled up quickly! The great thing about them is that they taste delicious when hot, but taste just as good when at room temperature!

Satay is a Southeast Asian dish of seasoned, grilled meat – often chicken, but also other meats like beef, pork, or lamb, as well as fish, and vegetarian options like tofu. They’re usually served with a dipping sauce – usually made with soy and peanuts – which is often just called satay sauce.

You can serve this spicy chicken satay as an appetizer at a dinner party, or even as a light entrée when paired with some noodles, rice, and vegetables.

This flavor-packed recipe can also be doubled or tripled for larger party crowds.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce - 30 Minute Appetizer!

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may already have some of the ingredients for this recipe – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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  • Chicken Breast – boneless and skinless. You may also find chicken fillet strips in your supermarket which means you don’t even have to flatten and cut up chicken breasts.
  • Soy Saucefor both the chicken and the dipping sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hot Sauce such as Tabasco or Sriracha – use a level of heat that you are comfortable eating!
  • Pure Maple Syrupfor both the chicken and the dipping sauce. Make sure you use 100% maple syrup and not “maple-flavored” which is just made up of flavored corn syrup.
  • Chicken Stocklow-sodium, or unsalted if possible as there is salt in soy sauce, and the addition of salt in this recipe.
  • Peanut Buttersmooth/creamy for the dipping sauce
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Roasted Peanuts – to add texture to the dipping sauce
  • Fresh Produce – Fresh Lime Juice, Garlic Cloves, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Cilantro (here in the UK we call it coriander)
  • Wooden Skewers satay is traditionally served on wooden/bamboo skewers. They must be soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before using them to prevent them from burning.

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Spicy Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

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How Do I Make Spicy Chicken Satay & Peanut Dipping Sauce?

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Spicy Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Spicy Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Simple to make but not short on flavor, this grilled spicy chicken satay with a peanut dipping sauce must be on your next party menu! Serves 4-6 (2-3 skewers per person)


  • 1 lb / 450g boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to ½" (1cm) thick and cut into 1" (2.5cm) strips
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1½ Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger piece, finely minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • ⅓cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 wooden skewers


  1. Place wooden skewers in a bowl of water until ready to prepare chicken, or for at least 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Place the soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, garlic, and fresh ginger into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and add the chicken strips.
  3. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Turn chicken at least once while marinating.
  4. To prepare the peanut sauce, place 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.
  5. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving dish. Top with fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts and set aside.
  6. The chicken can be cooked on a grill over medium heat, or under a broiler/grill on medium heat, or in a non-stick griddle pan on medium-high.
  7. Thread the marinated 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).
  8. Remove from heat and serve immediately with the peanut dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 499mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

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