Chicken Satay Recipe

Chicken satay - grilled chicken skewers marinated with spices and served with peanut sauce. This is the easiest, most authentic and best chicken satay recipe you'll find online!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Chicken Satay
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 298 kcal



  • 2 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken thigh and leg meat
  • bamboo skewers, soaked in cold water for 2 hours
  • 1 cucumber, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • oil, for basting


  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, white parts only
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 6 shallots, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Cut the chicken meat into small cubes. Set aside. 

  2. Blend all the he Marinade ingredients in a food processor. Add a little water if needed. 

  3. For the chicken satay dipping sauce, please click here: satay peanut sauce recipe.
  4. Combine the chicken and the Marinade together, stir to mix well. Marinate the chicken for 6 hours in the fridge, or best overnight. When ready, thread 3-4 pieces of the chicken meat onto the bamboo skewers. 

  5. Grill the chicken satay skewers for 2-3 minutes on each side until the meat is fully cooked and the surface is nicely charred, on both sides. Baste and brush with some oil while grilling. Serve hot with the fresh cucumber pieces and onions.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer white meat, you can use 2 lbs. or 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Satay Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 people)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 727mg 30%
Potassium 608mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 6.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 13.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.