Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

10 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Spicy peanut sauce is the perfect match for these Thai-marinated grilled chicken strips.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Chicken
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce, (see Ingredient Note)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • Peanut Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons 'lite' coconut milk, (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste


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  1. To prepare chicken: Whisk 3 tablespoons lime juice, oil, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, fish sauce and ½ teaspoon red pepper in a shallow dish until combined; add chicken and turn to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. To prepare peanut sauce: Whisk peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and red pepper until smooth.
  3. Preheat grill to high. Thread each chicken tender onto a wooden skewer. Grill until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm or chilled with Spicy Peanut Sauce.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the peanut sauce for up to 2 days.
  • Equipment: 12 wooden skewers (see Tip)
  • Ingredient note: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian sauce made from salted, fermented fish. You can find it in the Asian section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets.
  • Tips: Refrigerate leftover coconut milk for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months. It will appear separated when thawed; simply mix until smooth.
  • To prevent wooden skewers from burning on the grill, wrap the exposed portion in foil before grilling. (Contrary to popular wisdom, soaking them in water doesn't prevent them from burning.)
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 288 calories; 18 g fat(3 g sat); 1 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 210 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 15 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 459 mg sodium; 225 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meats, 1 fat

Reviews 10

February 19, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Ew. I was looking for an easy dinner with some Asian flare and hoped I'd found it in this recipe. Nope! This may be the worst thing I've ever eaten. The fish sauce was really overpowering on the chicken and the peanut sauce just tasted like thin peanut butter, no spice at all and zero other flavors came through. My husband bravely ate most of his bowl but only after adding a ton of extra soy sauce and Sirracha sauce to mix it up. Also, prepare for your whole house to smell like fish sauce. Bottom line, ew! Pros: Quick, easy Cons: Flavors do not mesh, horrible taste
August 10, 2013
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By: bon0
Super Easy and Tasty Delicious recipe. I did have fish sauce on hand and I think it added a nice fullness to the dish's flavor. Not too spicy either. Family loved it. Pros: Easy to prepare using ingredients I had on hand. Cons: None
June 15, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
This is by far the best chicken satay and peanut sauce. We always triple the peanut sauce. A family favorite!!
September 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
easy and tasty This was an easy and pretty satisfying Thai chicken recipe. I liked the peanut sauce but the marinade could have been more flavorful. I added some fresh lemon grass to the marinade, just be sure to remove it before you cook and eat it. Pros: fast to prepare Cons: could use a little more flavor in the marinade
July 29, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Helpful tip for this I dwindled this down to about 200 calories per serving. Several ingredients in the peanut sauce are not necessary. I usually make a peanut sauce from It's her grandma's recipe, it's easy and for this, you can scale it way down, just enough for the chicken. Also, it tastes amazing! Pros: easy Cons: there are healthier peanut sauce recipes
July 24, 2011
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By: giteacher2
Lick Your Plate Delicious This received a thumbs-up from everyone in the family. I served it with coconut rice (which my husband added some of the peanut sauce to) and a simple cucumber and radish salad. I didn't have any fish sauce in the house, so I omitted that, but don't really think it took too much away from the meal. Pros: Easy, delicious
May 02, 2010
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By: carolannrx
An absolute keeper! The chicken was tender and juicy with a nice hint of spicy hot. I cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into strips instead of using tenders. I grilled the chicken pieces on a grill topper screen without the skewers, served a couple of pieces on top of orzo pasta cooked in chicken broth and drizzled the peanut sauce over. We had a fresh salad of greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh grapefruit pieces that was a nice cool taste vs the spicy chicken. YUM
April 12, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This was sooooo good! The peanut sauce was delicious. At first I was wary of the fact that the sauce is cold and looks a little odd coming together, but it was really really fantastic.
February 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Tender and loved the sauce!
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