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Indonesian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce (Satay Ayam) Recipe

Indonesian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce (Satay Ayam)

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"I´m Indonesian but I live in Spain. I´d like to share with you my recipe of satay ayam. It has helped me a lot to overcome my homesickness. I hope this dish will be one of your favorite Asian dishes. You will not be able to resist the sweet and salty taste of the peanut sauce!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Combine chicken thighs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, white pepper, and sunflower seed oil in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Soak wooden skewers in water to prevent burning during cooking.
  3. Bring water, peanut butter, kecap manis, brown sugar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan; stir to combine. Remove from heat and add lime juice.
  4. Thread marinated chicken onto skewers. Set about 2 tablespoons peanut sauce aside in a small bowl and brush the sauce in the bowl over chicken.
  5. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange chicken skewers in batches on grill pan and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve skewers with remaining peanut sauce from the saucepan.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 24, 2013

This is one of the better tasting peanut sauce here! Love it! Adjust the salt and sugar to taste. I doubled the sauce and used just over 1 tbsp of brown sugar. Will be making this again for sure!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 16, 2014

The marinade consists of oil, salt & pepper, so it’s not adding any flavor to the chicken. I found the peanut sauce very diluted/watered down, so if I were to make again, I’d definitely reduce the amount of water. You’re pretty much relying on the peanut sauce for the flavor on this recipe. Made it exactly as written, tasted, and then started adding ingredients to make it work for us. I cut the chicken into 1” pieces, and did not sauce the skewers until the chicken was just about cooked. If you brush on the sauce too soon, you’ll end up with burned skewers waiting for the chicken to cook. I bought a bottle of kecap manis for this recipe (not a staple in my pantry), and for any others who aren’t familiar with it, just wanted to give you a heads up that plain soy sauce is not a good substitution. Consistency is very thick, and it tastes a bit like molasses IMO. The chicken was juicy, and with modifications, we enjoyed it, but as written, it would have been a disappointment.

Apr 09, 2015

Very good flavor. Sautéed chopped up chicken tenderloins in sesame oil with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Added peanut butter, lime juice, red pepper flakes, a little water, brown sugar, and regular soy sauce. Did it all in one skewers or anything. Did everything to taste as well. Was very good and simple.

Mar 17, 2014

Made this for my boyfriend because it was his favorite meal. I wasn't too sure about it since I have never had it. I thought it was good and he loved it!! He grew up in Indonesia so I guess I did good! This is going to be my go to recipe from now on!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

Apr 27, 2015

My picky family was crazy about this!

Jul 17, 2014

It's delicious...yummy....enak. I tried and everyone in the family loved it so much. Though I am a vegetarian and so does my daughter, I still tasted it to know how yummy it was and yes it was good. delicious. Two thumbs for you. My husband and my boy loved so much. Thanks for the recipe. Cheers. Chef69


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  • Calories
  • 326 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 21.8 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 24.9 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 1339 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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