Traditional Thai Chicken Satay

Delicious chicken satay is one of the most well-known and most-loved of Asian street foods. My traditional Thai version will transport you from the very first bite, and is perfect served as an appetiser or as part of a sharing platter when entertaining. While 10 minutes of marinating is absolutely fine, leaving the meat overnight cranks up the flavour, so do plan ahead if you can!


Traditional Thai Chicken Satay

15 minutes + 30 minutes soaking
30 minutes
Makes about 20

500g (1 lb) chicken thigh fillets, cut into roughly 4cm cubes

20 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes



1 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil


Thai cucumber relish (Ajat):

½ cup white sugar

½ cup white vinegar

1 tsp sea salt

½ small cucumber, sliced into rounds and then quarter the rounds

1 small Asian red shallot, sliced

1 long red chillies, sliced


Satay sauce:

¼ cup roasted peanuts

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1½ tbsp Thai red curry paste

1 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp white sugar

  • Step 1

    Place the chicken in a large bowl add the curry powder, salt and oil. Mix until well combined. Thread the chicken onto bamboo skewers. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes or overnight if you have the time.

  • 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. Place the cucumber, shallot and chill in a small bowl. Pour over the cooled vinegar mixture.

  • Step 3

    For the satay sauce, use a mortar and pestle or food processor to grind the roasted peanuts to a fine consistency. 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, roasted peanuts, peanut butter, fish sauce and sugar. Cook for a further minute. Then remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more fish sauce and/or sugar. 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.

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Simple and delicous


I used pork filet because I needed to use it up. Came out spectacular. Had the satay pork with white rice and ajat. Perfection!

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What a HIT, at the latest weekend party!

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DELISH chicken satay on bamboo skewers


Everyone loved it!

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