This Simple Singapore Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce is crispy and spicy. Sizzling grilled chicken skewers, marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce and served with full-flavoured peanut sauce make a perfect choice for a deck party, game day get-together or a simple weeknight meal.
Simple Singapore Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce!
❤️Why this recipe works
Satay! Even the word conjures up visions of hot nights, sizzling grills and flavourful meat. This easy chicken satay makes a great appetizer or a light meal when served with some crunchy veggies. It's crisp and spicy and it's a perfect choice for a barbecue, game day, or a simple weeknight meal.
Golden brown bites of chicken marinated in a full-flavoured chicken satay sauce and served with a zesty peanut sauce on the side are hard to resist! It's an easy meal that you can cook on either an indoor or outdoor grill.
Chicken satay in Singapore
While researching possible places to eat in Singapore, we came across Lau Pa Sat. It's a hawker centre, right in the middle of the Central Business District, selling a wide variety of Asian specialties, from Tom Ka Gai Soup, Fish Head Soup, Vietnamese Spring Rolls to Yakitori, all at reasonable prices.
As soon as it gets dark, however, Lau Pa Sat Satay street wakes up and the area comes alive. It's transformed into an outdoor dining area.
Stalls are swiftly set up on the pedestrian-only street to serve the crowds of office workers who stop in for satay and a cold beer before heading home. Skewers of chicken, beef, pork and lamb sizzle on grills, filling the air with tantalizing aromas.
We ordered chicken satay skewers with spicy peanut sauce and pineapple salsa with a side of chirpy chips smothered in curried mayo. Being able to enjoy our meal outdoors and then stroll along the river to our hotel on a warm sultry evening when we knew it was snowing at home made one of those "travel moments" that we won't soon forget.
I've done my best to recreate that meal, and this simple Singapore Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce recipe is the result.
Mix and marinate, skewer the chicken, grill and dip!
Let's make some quick and easy satay chicken skewers!
- chicken breasts: boneless, skinless
- aromatics: lemongrass, shallots, garlic
- spices: turmeric, coriander, chili powder, salt
- sugar: coconut palm sugar, brown sugar or Monkfruit 0-calorie sweetener
- for peanut sauce: peanut butter, canned coconut milk, tamari soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, chili sauce
- First, soak wooden skewers to prevent burning on the grill.
- Next, slice the chicken breasts into long strips.
- Mix the marinade ingredients together and marinate the chicken for 8 hours or overnight.
- Mix all the Peanut Sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. This recipe may make more than what you'll need, so freeze any leftover sauce. It will last for months in the freezer.
- Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill over medium-high heat for 2 - 3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the middle.
🍽 Serving suggestions
The traditional accompaniments to chicken satay skewers are celery sticks and red onion. However, feel free to add any other fresh veggies. Cucumber spears to cool your mouth from the spicy skewers are good too! Serve with wedges of fresh lime, too.
If you like, you can make this a full meal and serve with Thai Coconut Rice.
You'll also like this recipe for Easiest Chicken Satay Salad. It has all those satay flavours we love in a healthy salad!
How to store and freeze
Store leftover chicken satay skewers tightly covered in the fridge. The peanut sauce freezes well. I store it in 4 oz. Mason jars. It will last for months in the freezer.
📖 Recipe Card
Simple Singapore Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
- 4 medium chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 3 tablespoon oil
- 2 stalks lemon grass, white parts only, chopped finely
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 large shallots
- 1 ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoon coconut palm sugar, or brown sugar or Monkfruit sweetener
- 1 - 2 tablespoon water
- 1 cup peanut butter, smooth
- 7 oz coconut milk, (half a can)
- ¼ cup coconut aminos (for paleo diet) , or tamari soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ - ½ inch knob fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
- Slice chicken breasts lengthwise into long narrow strips.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a food processor. Marinate chicken strips in this marinade for 8 hours or overnight.
- Combine all ingredients for Peanut Sauce in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add a little water, if necessary to thin it. Set aside.
- Soak bamboo skewers in water for 2-3 hours or more.
- Thread chicken strips on to skewers. Grill over medium-high heat for 2 - 3 minutes on each side. If not cooked through, lower heat and grill 3 minutes longer until fully cooked.
- Serve chicken satay hot with sliced cucumbers, red onions, and peanut sauce for dipping.