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Thai Satay

Thai Satay

Recipe for Satay Chicken

This is a simple recipe for Thai Satay. In this recipe, I add a spoonful of Thai red curry paste to spice up the peanut sauce a little more. Thai food is known for being spicy, and we love a bit of a kick!

Having lived in Holland for many years one gets used to eating what they call ‘Pindasaus’ or ‘Saté sauce’. This delicious peanut sauce is something that originates in the Far East and is ubiquitous at almost every Dutch BBQ I have ever been to.

A simple chicken saté with peanut sauce will also be found very often at catered events.


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In the Netherlands the Saté sauce originates from Indonesia, which used to be a Dutch colony. Saté (also spelt ‘satay’) is the skewered and grilled meat.

The peanut sauce is sold in all fast food joints in Holland and is also commonly served up with chips (French fries).

In this recipe I have used chicken as the skewered meat (which is most common in the Netherlands) but really you can use any type of meat you like. Beef Saté is also a commonly served meal.


recipe of chicken satay

Thai Satay


Just make sure you cook the meat properly. Normally the cooking would be done over an open grill such as a BBQ, but in this case I have cooked the skewers in the pan.

I just cut the long skewers a bit shorter so I could get everything in one pan.

frying skewers


On the BBQ the long skewers are designed so that you keep the long end away from the heat so you can easily pick them up and turn them.


thai chicken satay recipe


Make your own satay sauce?

You can make the sauce yourself from scratch, using peanut butter and coconut milk and soy sauce.

But to be honest, why go to the trouble when perfectly good ready-made satay sauce is easily available online.

See an example of one on the recipe card below. Just mix with water and away you go.


satay chicken recipe


If you search google you will find plenty of recipes on how to make your own Thai satay sauce if you want to, some better than others, but you will struggle to beat the taste of the ready-to-go Thai peanut sauce.

chicken satay recipes


Thai chicken satay recipe is a really easy meal to make when you are having a BBQ. This is why the Dutchies do it, and really if you like peanuts, you will love this.

The peanut dipping sauce can also be used to dip your bread or vegetables in.

This recipe is a great accompaniment to some sesame noodles or a pad thai noodle dish. Give them a try!

recipe for satay

Chicken satay with sesame noodles

thai satay

How to make Thai satay chicken

thai satay

Thai Satay

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This Thai Satay recipe is a very simple and easy meal to knock up. Especially good for the BBQ when you can grill the skewers over the coals. Make enough Sate Sauce as it will all go!


  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • ½ tbsp ginger puree
  • 550g chicken breast cut into 1 inch blocks
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil, if frying
  • Ready-made ‘Sate’ or ‘Satay’ Sauce (Pindasaus) (Any make you can find)


    1. Mix the soy sauce, one tablespoon of red Thai curry paste and the ginger puree in a bowl. Cut the chicken into blocks, removing any fat from the meat, and add to the marinade, making sure everything is well covered.
    2. Leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight if possible). Then before cooking thread the chicken on some wooden skewers.
    3. The skewers length should suit your method of cooking. Use long ones for on the BBQ or grill, and shorter ones for in the pan.
    4. I cooked these in the pan, for about 20 minutes, until charred on all sides and properly cooked through.
    5. Meanwhile, heat the sate sauce in a saucepan. Often it requires mixing with water or milk. I also add a tablespoon of Thai red curry paste to give some extra kick.


Serve up garnished with some crushed peanuts, and with some coconut rice, noodles or French bread.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 1329mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 59g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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