Chicken Satay: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious

chicken satay appetizer sitting on a table in a thai restaurant in Thailand.

I am in love with chicken satay! It’s super easy to make, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious. What more could you want? Chicken satay is frequently listed as an appetizer on the menu of most Thai restaurants in America. The same is true in Thailand. However, in Thailand, chicken satay is also found on every street corner! When I was in Thailand recently, I was pleased to find this dish being offered by a lot of street vendors. People in Thailand are often seen walking down the street eating chicken satay as a daytime snack. It’s a very popular and common food.

Chicken satay may seem like an exotic dish of the far east that is complicated to make. However, it’s really a quite simple dish and it doesn’t require you to visit an asian grocer to purchase a long list of exotic spices. To make chicken satay, simply cut up some pieces of chicken breast and then marinate it in some coconut milk overnight or for a few hours. Then, place the chicken on skewers and grill. If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the chicken in a pan over the stove which is what I do.

For the peanut sauce, you can just buy a jar of ready made peanut sauce from the Asian aisle of your grocery store. But that’s cheating and you wouldn’t cheat now would you (wink wink). So for a better tasting experience you can make your own peanut dipping sauce quite easily with just peanut butter, coconut milk, brown sugar, and some curry powder.

Chicken satay isn’t just popular in Thailand. It’s also popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, and well, East Asian in general. But what really matters is…will it be popular in *your* kitchen? That answer my friend, is a resounding YES! Now get to cooking.

Nom & Happiness,

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