The Greatest Chicken Satay!

I have finally nailed the perfect chicken satay recipe!

How long have I been going on about chicken satay? 2, 3 years?

Well, possibly about 22 but I haven’t had the blog for that long SO YOU CAN’T PROVE IT!

Anyway, after a process of trial and deliciously sticky (pun intended) error, I finally think I’ve cracked it.

A simple, seriously delicious, fool-proof recipe for the starter of all starters, chicken satay.

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Tender chicken, served streetfood style with rich, peanut dipping sauce.

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*Angels sing*

I made loads for a lunch party, but here’s the recipe to feed two and you can double as you please:

Satay Chicken:

600g Chicken thighs – deboned (sometimes you can buy these as “thigh fillets”)

1 clove Garlic, crushed

1 chilli, chopped

3tbsp Soy sauce

2tbsp Coconut oil (or sesame oil if you’re out)

1tsp Honey

Wooden skewers, soaked in water for an hour+

Satay Sauce:

2tbsp Coconut oil

Half small Onion, chopped

1 chopped Chilli 

1 clove of Garlic, crushed

150g (half pot) Peanut butter (100% peanut, no added sugar. Like this one.) 

1tsp Honey 

200ml (half can) Coconut milk

splash of Fish sauce 

Soy sauce 

You’ll want to start by marinading your chicken. A day ahead is best, but give it at least 3-4hrs. Blend together your garlic, chilli, soy sauce, coconut oil, honey and pour into a flat bottomed dish.

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Chop your chicken into chunks and add to the pot.

When all your chicken has been sliced ‘n’ diced into bitesize bits, toss it around in the sauce.

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Cover with clingfilm, and pop into the fridge until you’re ready for it.

The sauce can also be made ahead, so while you’re on a roll why not get started?!

Heat the coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat. Toss in your onion, chilli and garlic.

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Fry until soft.

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Turn the heat down a little.

Add your peanut butter & honey. Stir quickly and don’t let the bottom burn, there’s nothing worse than a burnt bottom.

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Once it all starts to come together, quickly & carefully transfer to your blender/processor. Seriously, be careful. This stuff is hot!

Add the coconut milk and blend.

If it’s too thick, you can loosen the mixture with a little more coconut milk.

Pour into a dish/pot/jar, and pop to one side.

When your chicken is ready to roll, thread it onto your skewers.

Place onto a rack over a baking tray.


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Turn the grill (broiler) on to a medium-high setting.

Grill the chicken for about 10mins, until nice and browned. Take it out.

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Turn them over, and cook for another 10.

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Pile onto a serving plate.

Serve with buckets of your sauce (if it’s gotten cold, warm it gently on the hob.)

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Sprinkle with a few chopped chives, or coriander if you’re feeling fancy!

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And dunk to your heart’s content!

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Leftover sauce (you made quite a lot) is cracking on noodles, sandwiches, stir fries, anything you can think of.

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Give it a go this weekend! And if the sun shines, why not try doing the chicken on the bbq?

Just don’t tell anyone, because once your friends know you can knock up a mean satay… they won’t be able to satay away!

You know what you could watch while eating it? Sex and the Satay!

Ok, I’ll stop now.

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  • Tal

    Rosie, I actually drooled over my laptop. The ‘Londoner’ effect eh!
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  • Your recipes always look so amazing! I’m getting so hungry now after reading this.

  • Lauren Jones

    Please please please get a book deal for a cookery book!! I need your recipes collated into a beautiful blue and white hardback! x

  • oh my gosshhh this looks absolutely incredible – I can’t wait to make it!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • AMAZING! Cannot wait to give this a try.


  • UHHHHHHHH-MAZING! Thanks for sharing Rosie 🙂
    Sophie Cliff

  • Lizzie Baxter

    Does this taste very peanut-y? I love satay but not a huge fan of an overly nutty flavour..

    Thanks! L x

  • I’m going to have a satay paatay this weekend : )

  • Jeannie C

    Excellent and just in time! I was,going to pop over to the farmers markets and was in desperate need of recipes!

  • Madeleine

    Do yourself a favour and try the real peanutsauce (pindasaus) and chicken saté now that you are in Holland! Indonesian food is the best there is in Holland!

  • Tammi

    Well, that’s Sunday sorted! The boy has been pestering me for weeks to create a satay dream and now I shall.

    But let’s just keep the recipe between us, can’t have him knowing how easy it is to make!!

  • I think this is the perfect excuse to have a cookout, right?!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Ugh, this looks delicious. I LOVE satay. Forever waiting for more recipes from you!

    Martha Jane |

  • Can someone give you a book deal already?!

  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks amazing! Satay is one of my favourite things EVER so I know I will try trying this soon!

  • That satay sure does look saucy. Going to make this and have some of the chicken for lunch!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Gabriella Granata

    Wahhhhooooo you mentioned you were going to do this recipe back in your Thailand posts and I’ve been looking forward to a Londoner version since then!

    Thanks for sharing, definitely one to try! xx

  • Love chicken satay, such a crowd pleaser and it’s so easy to make! x

  • YEEESSS!!! Shopping list has been updated!

  • Oh my goodness YUM! Agree with no burnt bums – no one likes that! Another cracking recipe Rosie

    Lauren x

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  • Love the recipes you share, they always look delicious!

  • OK, so 1) I LOVE chicken satay and 2) these look INSANE. Making the moment I can get my hands on some chicken. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • Hmmm I’m a definite satay sauce enthusiast and have always thought that I make a pretty damn good sauce- may have to give this recipe a go and see how they compare- may the best sauce win 😉


  • Cara Spidle

    Hi Rosie!

    Do you have an alternative to using peanut butter in the sauce? I’m allergic to peanuts and, sadly, feel that I would be missing out on half of the dish if I just cooked the chicken. XX

    • Simone

      (Obviously not Rosie, but another satay enthusiast!) Unfortunately for satay, peanuts is what the dish is all about! However I’d imagine you could give a good go to it with another nut butter, if there’s any of those which are safe for you! I’d imagine almond butter could make a tasty dish, but it would definitely be different, but most likely delicious.

    • Kim Wagner

      Hi Cara, you can get nut free peanut butter that tastes just like peanut butter! You can get it at Tesco (if you are in the UK) it sounds crazy, peanut-less peanut butter, but its great.

  • Chicken satay is my favouritest thing in the entire world. I am literally too excited to try this!!
    Thank you!

    Mollie x

  • Kate

    Wow, these look so tasty! So many great flavors going on, can’t wait to whip these up!


  • Queenie Lee

    These look incredible! Will deffo be giving them a go!

  • Megan

    JEEZ! Looks so good and super easy to make. YUMMMM.

  • Geena

    Okay I HAVE to make these! Unfortunately I’m sure they won’t look as good as i’ll have to make them in my student kitchen… Ps thank you for making a satay recipe that doesn’t include 600 ingredients!

  • I didn’t know chicken Satay but it definitely look good!


    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • I had forgotten chicken satay existed (what?! I know) until this post. I will never eat another morsel until I have a chicken satay in front of me again. Love Sophie xxx

  • Omg yum! Angels definitely sing for this for sure.

  • Ellie C

    Oh my god. These look amazing!! I have a craving for satay now and it’s only 8am, oops!

  • Rosie I am sooooo trying this! It looks amazing & super easy – that’s what I like about all your recipes – easy peasy & delicious!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • This looks soooo tasty! I love a good peanut sauce.

  • mycitymylondon

    How awesome is this!! Chicken satay is a must Thai when I see it’s on the menu! Can’t wait to try this! I’m a newly recruited peanut butter lover after making peanut butter cookies!

    Check them out on under receipes! Healthy version of cookies that once you pop you can’t stop! Xx

  • I love bbq chicken – this recipe is right up my street!

    Nosebag NI | Food & Lifestyle –

  • I’m on a cleanse at the moment so you’ve just really pissed me off! 😉

  • The Artistique

    Wow I can’t wait to try this one!

  • Looks super tasty… I’ve recently become vegetarian, but might try sub the chicken for tofu and see how it turns out!

  • These look amazing! 🙂 I must give these a go!! 🙂

  • This looks and sounds delicious, yum!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • DROOOOL. I am making these this week. Your dipping sauce looks so much better than mine!

  • Ali Zacharakis

    So excited to make these, they look absolutely delicious. Love your blog and your writing, very entertaining 🙂

  • Emily Valentine Parr

    I love satay chicken so I will definitely be trying this out! I tried out your Swedish meatball dish and it was amazing x

  • Totally going to make this for my meat eater friends!

    Lorna | xx

  • Ah this looks delicious!! Yum!

  • i want that now….. 😮 looks so amazing x

  • Meels

    I had this last night, and added a dash of scotch bonnet sauce at the end for a bit more heat, it was so delicious! Xx

  • mariel

    this just looks so good and delicious Rosie, I can’t wait to try it this summer 😀 thank you for sharing this recipe <3

  • Suzanne Miller

    This looks so good – and easy! Thanks for the tutorial. There are so many food blogs out there but I love yours the best – beautiful and funny (just like you, I suspect!). XOXO

  • Oh my gosh! I need this right now! Do you think I could make it with tofu instead of chicken?

  • The Broke Boy

    Oh crud, there goes my afternoon…Where did I put my car keys!?!

  • Can you please tell me about how many skewers this recipe makes? Thanks!

  • Mark Manson

    Made this tonight! It was delicious! Will def be making this recipe again! Thank you!!

  • Leah Maroney

    Looks so amazing! Thanks for perfecting it over 22 years 😛

  • Suzy

    I just made this, and was delicious, but did I misss it…. when do you add the fish sauce, soy sauce? I put in with the onion before adding the peanut butter.? Tasted great anyhow..

  • Jasmine

    Seriously this sauce was the best. Love your site, so many things to try!! :):)

  • Gayle Knowles

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was amazing. And very easy. I didn’t have skewers so I cut each thigh fillet into three then stir fried them after marinating for a few hours. Served with the satay sauce drizzled over it, with coconut rice and Asian greens. Delicious.

  • Nicola

    Just a quick question. Fish and soy sauce are listed in the ingredients for the sauce but not in the method. Do you add them to the sauce or are they just extras for garnishing?

  • Adi Iliya Yaya

    can you join this? or something similar cause i dont think i can make it as delicious as yours so if you could host at your that would be marvelous!!! and

  • Papa Daryl

    Followed your instructions with exception of fish oil as I didn’t have it, cooked on the BBQ and the family raved about it. Left over chicken on skewers marinated over night so yummy meal ahead just for my wife and me. I have sent the link to family upon their insistence as it was the best darn satay they’ve ever had. Proud Papa made this on Fathers Day. Thank you!

  • Roxanne Bamboat

    That looks amazing !! What an easy recipe !

  • Woodsy

    How much soy sauce goes in the satay sauce and when does it go into the mix? Also the fish sauce and honey are not mentioned

  • Lucy

    YUM! How long do you reckon the sauce would last in the fridge for?
    Lucy xx (all the way from New Zealand!)

  • Salma

    I made the marinade for the chicken but the coconut oil became solid, so the marinade doesnt look like a sauce like yours but has clots of coconut oil. Is that ok? I made the peanut butter, should I keep it in the fridge or at room temperature? Hope to hear from you soon

  • Rosie Adam

    Oh my….this looks amazing! Came across it looking for a recipe and will definitely have to give it a try!

  • Lifeandash

    Looks so nice *_*
    Need to try it !

  • This looks absolutely delicious – you foodie recipes are always so easy to make!

  • Gary Porter

    I’ve made this using your recipe several times. Tonight it was perfect. I mean perfect.


    ah man i used to love chicken satay before i became veggie

  • Gary Porter

    This is just totally fabulous. Cheers.