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Chicken Satay
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Chicken Satay

Chicken satay is a popular Malaysia dish of skewered chicken served with peanut sauce and rice cake. Easy and the most delicious chicken satay recipe.

Chicken Satay

This post was originally published in September 4, 2006. Updated with new photos.

Malaysian Satay—those little skewers of meat with satay peanut sauce and ketupat (Malay rice cake) is a very popular dish in Malaysia. Walk down any street in the country and the mouthwatering aroma of satay exudes from practically every corner you pass: roadside satay stalls, hawker centers, pasar malam (night markets), kopitiam (Chinese coffee shops), and even high-end restaurants.

Of course satay is universally loved across Southeast Asia. (It’s commonly believed that satay is the region’s distant cousin to the Middle-Eastern kebabs, thanks to the spice route and the culinary influence of the early Arab traders.) However each country has their own interpretation for satay, influenced by their own unique food culture and distinct palate. For instance, Indonesian satay tend to be sweeter because of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) while the Thai satay is slightly less sweet since coconut milk is used instead.

Chicken Satay

No surprise then that Malaysian Satay is made with ingredients and spices commonly found in Malaysian cooking; shallots, lemongrass, turmeric powder (kunyit), and coriander powder. The basic recipe calls for the cook’s meat of choice—be it chicken, beef, lamb, or pork—to marinate for many hours or even overnight so as to lock in the flavor. In addition to the peanut dipping sauce, Malaysian satay is served with ketupat, onions, and cucumber. Trust me, the taste of these side dishes complement each other exquisitely.

When I make chicken satay at home I often save time by using off-the-shelf satay marinate powder such as Ayam brand satay seasoning (aka “cheated“), but the existence of Rasa Malaysia has motivated me to try making everything from scratch, if possible. So I will admit to modifying the traditional and authentic Malaysian chicken satay recipe with a tint of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and Chinese oyster sauce substituting for salt and sugar. But as you can infer from these pictures, the end result was delicious. You can almost smell the enticing aroma of the chicken satay from your computer screen, can’t you?

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Chicken Satay


Chicken Satay Recipe

Serves 8-10 people as appetizer | Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


4 chicken legs and thighs (preferred) or 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)

Spice Paste:

1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 stalks lemongrass, white parts only
6 shallots, peeled
2 cloves garlic, peeled)
4 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
4 teaspoons kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours to avoid burning)
1 cucumber, cut into small pieces
1 small onion, quartered


Cut the chicken meat into small cubes. Grind the Spice Paste in a food processor. Add in a little water if needed. Marinate the chicken pieces with the spice paste for 10-12 hours. Thread the meat onto the bamboo skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve hot with the fresh cucumber pieces and onions.

For the dipping sauce, please follow my satay peanut sauce recipe.

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