The best steak needs the best pan. Shop MAKO Steak Pan →

The best steak needs the best pan. Shop MAKO Steak Pan →

Mum’s Thai Chicken Satay

Great for barbecues or finger food at parties, these easy satay chicken sticks will be a crowd pleaser. Served with sweet and sour cucumber relish (ajat), you can marinate them for as little as 10 minutes if you’re in a hurry, or overnight if you have time.


Mum’s Thai Chicken Satay

20 minutes + overnight marinating
20 minutes
Makes 20

500g (1 lb) diced chicken thigh

20 bamboo skewers



1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp white sugar


Thai cucumber relish (Ajat):

½ cup white sugar

½ cup white vinegar

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp diced cucumber

2 small Asian red shallots, sliced

2 long red chillies, sliced


Satay sauce:

3 tbsp roasted peanuts

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1½ tbsp Thai red curry paste

1 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp white sugar

  • Step 1

    Mix together the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken and mix to combine. Thread the chicken onto bamboo skewers. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes to overnight.

  • Step 2

    To make the cucumber relish, heat the sugar, vinegar and salt in a saucepan over high heat for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Then transfer to a bowl. Stir through the cucumber, shallots and chillies.

  • Step 3

    For the satay sauce, use a mortar and pestle or food processor to grind roasted peanuts to a fine powder. Set aside.

  • Step 4

    Heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the curry paste and cook for a minute until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, peanut butter, fish sauce and sugar. Then stir through the roasted peanut powder. Cook for a further minute. Then remove from heat. And keep warm or reheat when ready to serve.

  • Step 5

    Heat a barbecue grill plate or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken skewers for 3-4 minutes each side or until cooked through. Serve warm with the warm satay sauce and the Thai cucumber relish.

Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite. Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite.

What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
Very good0%


March 18, 2024

I was looking for a recipe to use with the THAI SPICY SATAY that I bought from Sydney, and found this! So good! I added the sauce in place of the curry paste and followed the rest of the recipe. This will be among my family favorites. Thank you, Marion!

Avatar for Lucy

Easy & Yummy!

November 27, 2023

My local store has been out of red Thai curry paste for unbearably long, so I used green paste and added Sriracha to it and it turned out very yummy. So good.

Avatar for Lauren

Perfect !

July 3, 2023

Another recipe that makes you travel!


I froze some of the Satay sauce. I then offered it with roti canai (Marion’s recipe of course) and it’s a treat.

Avatar for Agnès

Leave your rating and review