Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Mar 19, 2024

Origin of Satay Chicken


Satay, including Satay Chicken, is believed to have originated in Indonesia, although it’s also popular in other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. The dish is said to have been influenced by Middle Eastern kebabs, which were brought to the region by Arab traders. Over time, it evolved with the addition of local spices and flavours, becoming the satay we know today. It’s often served as street food, at family gatherings, and in restaurants throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. Its popularity has spread globally, becoming a favourite dish in many parts of the world.

We will be learning to cook Balinese specialities such as Satay, amongst others, in our cooking class on our Bali tour in September 2024, with our women’s only small group tour with The Adventurous Ewe.


Satay Chicken with peanut sauce is tender grilled or skewered chicken served with a flavourful peanut sauce. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try:


500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into thin strips
2 tbl soy sauce
2 tbl vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbl brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Bamboo skewers soaked in water for at least 30 mins.

1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tbl brown sugar
1 tbl rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp grated ginger
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup water
Salt to taste
Crushed peanuts and chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)



  1. In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, vegetable oil, garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Add the chicken strips to the marinade, making sure they are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat your grill or grill pan over a medium high heat. Thread the marinated chicken strips onto the bamboo skewers.
  3. Grill the chicken skewers for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through and slightly charred. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a saucepan combine peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, coconut milk and water. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the sauce is smooth and well combined. If the sauce is too thick, you can add more water. Salt to taste.
  5. Serve the satay chicken skewers with the peanut sauce on the side or drizzled over the top. Garnish with crushed peanuts and chopped cilantro.

We hope that you enjoy the Satay chicken with peanut sauce recipe. We are looking forward to our Bali tour. Have a look at Bali tour itinerary  and join The Adventurous Ewe on this unforgettable tour.