Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce - make these delicious and tender seasoned chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce a perfect Thai Style recipe that the whole family will love.
Thai Chicken Satay
I think Thai food is probably up there at the top of my list of favourite foods. It's all those delicious spices and flavours, never a bland dish to be had.
One of my absolute favourites is Chicken Satay. Those tender marinated chicken skewers served with a spicy peanut dip is just unreal, so much flavour and with my daughter on a huge peanut butter kick at the moment. I just knew this would be perfect for dinner.
Is satay chicken really spicy?
It has a spicy kick, but it's not the hottest of dishes and you can totally adjust the recipe to you spice level. So if you don't like spicy, use less chilli flakes or if you like really spicy add more.
I like to garnish with chopped Thai red chillies too, they just add a lovely pop of colour to the dish along with the fresh cilantro (coriander).
Can I use Chicken Breast for Satay Chicken
For this style of marinating and cooking, I always prefer to use chicken thighs and they really do absorb much more flavour and stay nice and tender.
I always go for boneless and skinless chicken thighs and trim off any visible fat with my kitchen scissors.
However if you don't like dark thigh meat, you can totally swap it for some chicken breast. Just remember to shorten the cooking time of the skewers a little as it won't take as long to cook usually (although it depends on the size of your pieces.
Can Chicken Satay be cooked on a Barbecue?
With the weather starting to warm up, you may be wondering if this recipe is suitable for the barbecue. Chicken Satay skewers are perfect cook on a outside grill or barbecue to really get that lovely char on the edges.
However I do recommend soaking your wooden skewers (if you are using wooden ones) for at least 30 minutes before adding the meat and grilling, this will help prevent the wood from going black and burning.
Can I use peanut butter powder for Satay Sauce?
When trying to lose weight, peanut butter powder seems to be a popular swap for real peanut butter when you want to reduce the calories.
However I personally am not a fan, Satay sauce really needs that little bit fat of real peanut butter and you are removing all that goodness with peanut butter powder.
Plus I love to use natural crunchy peanut butter for my satay sauce so you get little chunks of peanuts through the delicious flavoursome sauce.
You don't need to use a huge amount of real peanut butter for satay sauce so it's not going to be too many calories when divided up for a serving.
Sides for Satay Chicken and Peanut Sauce
Wondering what sides to serve with Satay Chicken?
I went for some cooked Jasmine Rice (my favourite rice) and it's so easy to cook.
Wondering how you cook perfect Jasmine Rice?
Simply just rinse 1 cup (185g) of jasmine rice, then add to a pan with 2 cups (480ml) of water, bring to a boil, and when water is just about absorbed, turn off heat, add lid and leave for 10 minutes (do not stir or touch until then) - the result is perfect fluffy rice every time.
Alongside the rice I paired it with some stir fried vegetables:
- Shredded White and Purple Cabbage
- Julienned Carrot
- Sliced Red Pepper
- Sliced Onion
Just spray a pan with some cooking oil spray and stir fry for a few minutes until tender (season with salt and pepper.
As well as the rice and veggies, I also paired with some fresh lime wedges, sliced red Thai chillies and fresh cilantro (coriander).
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For the Chicken:
- 700g (24oz) of boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon medium curry powder
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste,
- ½ tablespoon of granulated sweetener ( i use Erythritol)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger root, grated
For the Peanut Satay Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons of Natural crunchy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup (80ml) of light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon of granulated sweetener ( i use Erythritol)
- ¼ tsp of chilli flakes
- ⅓ cup of water
- Lime Wedges
- Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
- Add the chicken to a container with the marinade ingredients and marinate overnight in the fridge (or for at least a few hours)
- Once ready to cook, skewer the pieces of chicken on to 8 skewers.
- Heat a pan over a medium high heat and spray with cooking oil spray.
- Add the skewers 4 at a time and sear both sides of the chicken for approx 7 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
- While the chicken is cooking, add the ingredients for the peanut satay sauce to a small saucepan and whisk over a low heat just until sauce is smooth and creamy.
- Serve the chicken skewers with the satay sauce.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 323Total Fat 14.3gSaturated Fat 3.7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gSodium 662mgCarbohydrates 6.5gFiber 2.2gSugar 0.5gProtein 39.7g
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