Chicken Satay Bites with Peanut Sauce

by Melissa on April 8, 2009

I really wanted to have chicken satay at my sister’s bridal shower, but was concerned about the chicken on skewers making a mess while people where trying to eat. Then my mom had the brilliant idea to cut up the chicken into bite size piece and serve on party picks. The bite size chicken bites worked out brilliantly and the flavor of this dish was phenomenal. These were my personal favorite of all of the appetizers we served that day and I can’t wait to make them again!


Chicken Satay

  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I used Thai Style Sweet Chili Sauce)
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed

In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, curry powder, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Place the chicken breasts in the marinade and refrigerate. Let the chicken marinate at least 2 hours, overnight is best.

Preheat a grill to high heat. Weave the chicken onto skewers, then grill for 5 minutes per side. *I simmered the chicken in a saute pan over medium heat until cooked through, then decreased to low to allow the chicken to stay warm until ready to serve.

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili paste, such as Sambal Oelek (I used Thai Style Sweet Chili Sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

In a small saucepan, heat the peanut oil over medium-low flame. Add the green onions, ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Cook and stir for a minute until soft and fragrant. Mix in the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the peanut butter has smoothed out.

Source: Chicken Satay from, Peanut Sauce from Tyler Florence, both as seen on Good Eats ‘n Sweet Treats.

*Updated with a new picture 4/8/11.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

snooky doodle April 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm

oh I love chicken satay, yummy


Lindsey April 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

These look great! I love the bite-sized version and my husband would just love the dipping sauce on anything and everything! :)


Jaime April 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm

i’m so glad you enjoyed it!! i love this stuff and wish i could make it more but my hubby doesn’t like peanut sauce :(


Mom April 27, 2009 at 7:12 am

The peanut sauce is also really good with a big plate of assorted steamed vegetables.


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