Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay

Slap Yo’ Daddy’s seasoning rubs are extremely versatile and work well in dishes from all over the world. Chicken Satay brings an Asian flair to a recipe that is a great use for one of Harry’s most popular rubs. Sweet and spicy Chicken Satay is paired with the coolness of cucumber, the sweetness of red onions, and the richness of peanut sauce in this dish.

As there are many styles of American barbecue, there are many styles of Asian satay. Satay is little skewers of marinated meat cooked over an open flame. They are found all over Asia, from Bali and Bangkok. It can be made from pork, chicken, beef, or other animal parts. They can be served sweet or spicy, and with a peanut dipping sauce or sweet soy glaze. Many people in the United States are familiar with satay served with a spicy-sweet peanut sauce commonly found in Thai restaurants.

Harry Soo has adapted his satay to use ingredients readily available in grocery stores in the United States. However, if you are still having problems sourcing ingredients, lemon zest can replace lemongrass, and yogurt with a bit of sugar can substitute for coconut milk. If you like it spicy, add some hot sauce to the peanut sauce or marinade.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce Recipe

Chicken Satay
Sweet and spicy chicken satay with peanut sauce is paired with the coolness of cucumber, the sweetness of red onions, and the richness of peanut sauce in this dish.
Preparation 2 hours
Cook 10 minutes
Ready in 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 15 Servings
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Spice Paste

  • 3 tablespoons Slap Yo’ Daddy Chicken Rub
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 shallots peeled or ½ small onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks lemongrass white parts only, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut in cubes

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Thai Red or Thai Panang curry paste or substitute 2 tablespoons dry curry powder
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Slap Yo’ Daddy Chicken Rub


  • 1 cucumber cubed
  • 1 red onion cubed and separated


  • 15 bamboo skewers soaked in water for 1 hour or overnight
  • charcoal grill


  • Pulse the spice paste ingredients in a food processor into a smooth paste.
  • Combine the chicken cubes and spice paste in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • While the chicken is marinating, prepare the peanut sauce by sautéing the curry paste in oil over medium heat. Once the curry paste is fragrant, add the brown sugar, peanut butter, and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add up to 3 tablespoons of water to thin the sauce, if needed. Add the chicken rub to taste. Remove and keep warm.
  • Thread the chicken cubes onto wooden skewers.
  • Barbecue over hot coals (medium heat) until cooked through, basting with a bit of cooking oil (use a lemongrass stick, shredded on one end, if you want an authentic Asian basting brush), 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
  • Serve with the peanut sauce, cubed cucumbers, and red onion pieces.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 97mgCalcium: 39mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 216IUSugar: 7gFiber: 1gPotassium: 338mgCholesterol: 57mgCalories: 257kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 18gProtein: 15gCarbohydrates: 11gIron: 2mg

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