Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce


Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce Chef Race Ep 1

Recipe Type: BBQ

Cuisine: Malaysian

Author: Caroline Artiss

Prep time: 2 hours 30 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 2 hours 45 mins

Serves: serves 4

This is one of my Malaysian street food favorites, marinaded chicken on a stick with a spicy peanut sauce. I made this recipe at the lovely Seth and Jeff’s house in Las Vegas, whilst on my Chef Race Adventures with BBC America


  • Satay Marinade:
  • 500g chicken breast / Beef or Lamb
  • 4 shallots (Or 1 small brown onion)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 heaped Tbsp brown sugar
  • Peanut or sunflower oil


  • Peanut Sauce:
  • 200g or 1 ½ cups salted, roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp Satay marinade
  • 100ml of coconut milk (or water)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon.
  • (Chilli if you want it spicy)
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce


  • Cooking Equipment
  • Blender
  • Frying pan
  • Saucepan
  • Griddle pan / or cook on BBQ
  • Wooden skewer sticks


  1. Method for Satay:
  2. To make the marinade for the meat
  3. Add the shallots (onions), garlic, turmeric, cumin, coriander, chili and salt into a blender and whiz until it is all finely ground
  4. You can add a dash of oil to help it blend better
  5. Slice the chicken into long, thin slices and put in a large bowl
  6. Put one tablespoon of the marinade in a separate bowl and save for the peanut sauce
  7. Add the rest of the marinade to the meat, mix it in and make sure all the meat is covered
  8. Leave in the fridge over night preferably, or minimum 2 hours
  9. Thread the chicken onto your skewers and it's ready to BBQ


  1. Method for Peanut Sauce:
  2. Grind the peanuts in a blender until they are fairly smooth, leaving a few chunky bits is good Heat a little oil and add the reserved tablespoon of satay marinade you kept aside
  3. Let it cook for a minute to bring out all the flavors
  4. Add all the other ingredients to a pan and gently heat and stir together
  5. You can add more coconut milk or water if it is too thick
  6. Give it a taste, if you like it sweeter- add more sugar, sour – add more lemon, hotter – add more chili
  7. Make it your own!


Note: if using bamboo skewers, soak them in water overnight. This helps to stop them from splitting and also burning so easily on the BBQ.

Vegetarian alternative, marinade some vegetables like, aubergine, onions, peppers, and also some fried tofu or bean curd is very nice with this, and it can be put on a skewer.

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