Satay Chicken Skewers with “Peanut” Sauce

Kebab lovers will go crazy for these Satay Chicken Skewers with “Peanut” Sauce. Not only are they an excellent choice for serving at your next event as an appetizer, but they’ll also serve up well as a snack. They’re easy to make and nutritious! If you don’t have access to a grill, the chicken is just as delicious roasted or broiled. But don’t forget this a Paleo recipe so no real peanuts.

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Satay Chicken Skewers with “Peanut” Sauce

Servings 12

Total Time: 2 hours

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Passive Time: 1 hour

Nutrition Information

calories 290

carbohydrate 4g

protein 23g

fat 21g


  • 2 tablespoon(s) ginger, fresh rough chopped
  • 1 large shallot(s) rough chopped
  • 4 medium garlic clove(s)
  • 1 medium serrano pepper(s) sliced, stem removed
  • 1/3 cup(s) olive oil
  • 12 piece(s) chicken thighs, boneless, skinless (4 oz) cut into strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1 can(s) coconut milk, full fat (403 mL)
  • 1/2 cup(s) almond butter
  • 2 tablespoon(s) lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground


  1. In a blender or small food processor, combine ginger, shallots, garlic, and serrano chili pepper. Add oil slowly to create a paste.
  2. Divide the paste in half. Place one half in a large Ziplock bag, along with the chicken strips. Add sea salt (if desired), and cayenne pepper. Mix contents together with your hands so the chicken is coated entirely. Seal the bag tightly.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Place the other half of the paste in a saucepan. Shortly before mealtime, heat the saucepan over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  6. Bring temperature down to medium-low, and continue to cook until a creamy consistency is reached (2-3 minutes).
  7. Thread the marinated chicken strips on to skewers. Grill over direct high heat until fully cooked, turning once (about 5-7 mins).
  8. Serve alongside the sauce.

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  1. As Shaun says, the chicken was great, but for step 5 it says add the remaining ingredients to the sauce, but all the listed ingredients have already been used?

  2. Two of my kids cannot tolerate any spice at all. Is there a way to make this sauce without the spices (ginger/garlic)? I was wondering if anyone had used almond or cashew butter for example to make a satay sauce?

  3. I found some recipes using almond butter and coconut milk, however, would cashew butter taste more like peanuts and be an even better substitute? I know it’s a controversial additive. I found a sunflower butter recipe on an allergy website but I guess sunflower seeds would not be paleo?

    1. Honestly, if you’re comfortable swapping out one nut butter for another, then go ahead. It’s really about your comfort level. And I’ve read several people argue cashews both ways, so I’ve chosen to stay out of the debate completely. Everyone chooses Paleo for different reasons, and that usually determines their tolerance for controversial items.

    1. Sorry folks, the recipe was accidentally cut off, I’ve updated it and labeled it better. Thanks @Megan for linking to the original and helping track down the problem.

  4. Hi,

    I am a complete newbie to Paleo, three weeks in, and whilst I’m loving eating like this I was at the point where I needed something with lots of flavour. I made this recipe lastnight and it was fantastic.

    Thanks you for all your effort in getting these recipies to us I will be trying a lot more of them now.


  5. When printing, there are extra words on the sheet and in the ingredients, the coconut milk is showing up as 1 (403 fl oz) can – you should fix that…

  6. This was great! Even my fussy non paleo teenage daughter loved it. Can’t wait to cook it up for hubby.

  7. So what are you supposed to do if you can’t grill (i.e. have no access to a grill and don’t know how to use one anyway)?

    1. Arobin78 – I bet if you just roasted or broiled them in the oven they’d be delicious. Maybe google roasted satay skewers and find another recipe o see what temp and cookin time they used. Good luck!

  8. I don’t have have a grill but do have a rotisserie that I used. Sauce came out awesome. Best recipe I’ve cooked yet.

  9. Be careful with your fish sauce selection. 99% of fish sauces are not paleo, and are highly processed. I was surprised to see it in this recipe since all of the ones I have found are not paleo. However, the Red Boat brand that Neely linked above is definitely one of your best/only choices.

    Thank you for sharing Neely!

  10. Another winner! Sadly, my hubby was away on a trip and didn’t get to share in the awesome dinner. I did take some to a friend who’s also new to Paleo. I was worried about the serrano chiles making it too hot, but it actually gave it just the right amount of bite.

  11. Was wondering when I could do different with the chicken I took out of the freezer tonight. So looking forward to making this recipe for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing.

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