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Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Recipe By Tessa Arias
October 6th, 2011

This recipe takes a fairly bland protein, chicken, and makes it everything you'd want a dish to be. Healthy yet flavorful and totally doable.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook: 9 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: FULL of flavor. The peanut sauce is scrumptious.
Texture: The moist bites of chicken covered in the rich peanut sauce is surprisingly crave-worthy.
Ease: Don’t be daunted by the seemingly long list of ingredients for the chicken and sauce. They’re all fairly easy (the fish sauce can be found in the Asian section of the store, use soy sauce if you can’t find it) and the peanut sauce uses nearly the same ingredients as the chicken.
Appearance: You can garnish your plate with cilantro, basil, chopped peanuts but I thought it looked beautiful without any of that. Those grill marks are just gorgeous.
Pros: Flavorful, healthy, and the leftover sauce can be used as a veggie dip or to coat pasta.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Now on a less serious note, this recipe takes a fairly bland protein, chicken, and makes it everything you’d want a dish to be. Healthy yet flavorful and totally doable.

How to make
Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 9 minutes
This recipe takes a fairly bland protein, chicken, and makes it everything you'd want a dish to be. Healthy yet flavorful and totally doable.


Chicken Sate:

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce (or 2 more teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Eight 8-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste (or 1 teaspoon curry powder)
  • 1 medium shallot, roughly chopped.


For the chicken:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, coconut milk, soy sauce, shallot, garlic, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime zest, and ginger. Add the chicken pieces, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinade in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and discard the marinade.
  3. Coat a grill pan, preferably cast-iron, with nonstick spray and set it over medium-high heat. While the pan is heating, thread the chicken onto skewers. Place skewers in the hot pan and sear until cooked through and the chicken has grill marks, about 3 minutes per side.

For the sauce:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more chicken broth or coconut milk if thinner consistency is desired. Sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  2. Serve chicken skewers with dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Dontae Liddell — October 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Yum delicious

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    spiffycookie — October 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I've always been a huge fan of chicken sate with peanut sauce, never made it myself though!

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    Grace — October 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Don't forget that Steve Job's was a capitalist who profited while worker's killed themselves due to the conditions at Apple factories. He may have helped created interesting and great products, but no man in his position is a great man.

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    Insensate — October 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    looks delicious… will definitely give it a try

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    Tracey — October 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I've been meaning to try peanut dipping sauce for ages, it always looks so good! Love that this recipe is from Ellie too 🙂

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    JenSchall — October 11, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Love this recipe… Chicken sate is one of my favorites. Your peanut dipping sauce sounds delish!

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