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

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Recipe Summary

35 mins


Peanut Sauce


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare chicken: Whisk 3 tablespoons lime juice, oil, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, fish sauce and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper in a shallow dish until combined; add chicken and turn to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

  • To prepare peanut sauce: Whisk peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and red pepper until smooth.

  • 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 Facts

288 calories; protein 25.5g; carbohydrates 5.2g; dietary fiber 0.7g; sugars 1.7g; fat 17.7g; saturated fat 2.5g; cholesterol 62.7mg; vitamin a iu 210.3IU; vitamin c 4.9mg; folate 4.9mcg; calcium 14.8mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 25.1mg; potassium 225.1mg; sodium 459.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

Reviews (4)

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
This is by far the best chicken satay and peanut sauce. We always triple the peanut sauce. A family favorite!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tender and loved the sauce! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This actually came out really good me and my husband cleaned our plates! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 shesimmers.com. 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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More