Sometimes you just don’t want to work too hard, so there’s Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

You know those weeks that are endless and tiring and you just don’t have the energy to work too hard in the kitchen but you have to feed your families? Sure you do and I have them too, so I love the recipes that allow you to throw together a delicious meal that doesn’t take too long to cook but makes everyone happy.

Here’s a quick and easy way to make Chicken Satay skewers. The sauce is simple, cooking takes minutes and the most labor intensive part is threading the chicken onto the skewers. Every now and again I haul this one out of the recipe archive and it never fails. Make sure you don’t overcook the skewers though…

They can be cooked in the oven or on the BBQ so it’s good for winter and summer as well.

I serve this with a super quick and easy Asian pasta salad.



4 boned and skinned chicken breasts (2 doubles) cut into strips about 2 cm or less than an inch wide.

3 cloves garlic crushed

All those beautiful spices chopped and ready

All those beautiful spices chopped and ready

1 teaspoon chopped coriander

½ teaspoon curry powder

¼ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Juice of half a lemon or lime

4 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

1 cup coconut milk

How to do it

1. Soak wooden skewers in water for about 5 minutes. Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers – no more than two per skewer. Set aside.

Skewered chicken

Skewered chicken

2. Mix together all the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Allow to sauce to cook down a little.

3. Spoon about two thirds of the sauce over the skewers, turning the skewers to make sure all the sides are coated. Allow the the skewers to sit for about half an hour. (Tip: You can cover the tips of the skewers in foil so they don’t burn – if you have the energy!)

4. Pre-heat your oven grill. Cover a baking tray with foil and spray it with non-stick spray or lightly oil it.  Place one layer of skewers on the baking tray and place the tray on the highest rack in the oven. Grill for no longer than 4-5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining skewers if you didn’t get them all in the oven in the first batch.

5. Reheat the remaining sauce and serve with the skewers.

Serves about 4-5.


2 thoughts on “Sometimes you just don’t want to work too hard, so there’s Chicken Satay

  1. Margo – This looks great and I will try it when the rain subsides but where is the recipe for the Asian pasta salad…or do I just pick that up at your house? 🙂

    • Good one, Rachel! I was going to post it today, but this weather sent me in a different direction. I will post ASAP!

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