Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce is the appetizer of choice for any friends gathering or brunch party. This dish can be varied to suit individual tastes by adjusting its spicy flavor, and its succulent texture promises to tantalize your taste buds!
Serve it as-is for a mild heat - perfect for beginning appetites - or sprinkle more spice onto the marinade for an added kick. The accompanying peanut dipping sauce makes this appetizer an irresistible treat that will have your guests buzzing with anticipation as soon as it's brought out!
The Goodness of Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce
Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce is a goodness all unto itself. Not only do you get the succulent goodness of freshly grilled chicken on bamboo skewers but the spicy marinade provides an explosion of flavor to delight even the most discerning taste buds. The creamy peanut dipping sauce pairs amazingly well with the spiciness of the satay and adds layer upon layer of goodness that cannot be ignored. It's no wonder why Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce is becoming increasingly popular as people discover its hidden depths of goodness.
Prep time: 10 minutes (+ marinating time)
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 4-6 (2-3 skewers per person)
Additional equipment: 12 9” wooden or metal skewers
Ingredients needed to make Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to ½” thick and cut into 1” strips
3 T. soy sauce
2 T. sesame oil
1½ T. hot sauce
1 T. pure maple syrup
2 T. fresh lime juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T. fresh ginger piece, finely minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Peanut Dipping Sauce:
¾ c. low-sodium chicken stock
⅓ c. peanut butter
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 t. garlic powder
¼ c. fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ c. roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions for making Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce
- Place wooden skewers, if using, in a bowl of water until ready to prepare chicken. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, garlic, and fresh ginger. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and add the chicken strips. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Turn chicken at least once while marinating.
- To prepare the peanut sauce, combine the chicken stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lime juice, and garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer gently, stirring frequently, until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, around 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving container. Top with fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts and set aside.
- To prepare chicken, clean the grates on a gas grill with a stiff wire brush and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Close lid and preheat grill to medium. (To prepare indoors, spray a grill pan with non-stick cooking spray and set heat to just below medium-high).
- Thread chicken strips onto prepared skewers and place over direct medium heat. Close the cover and cook, turning once, until nicely browned and cooked through, approximately 4-6 minutes per side. (If cooking indoors, increase cooking time to 5-7 minutes per side).
Remove from heat and serve immediately with the peanut dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!
Making variations of Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce can be a fun and easy way to shake up your dinner routine. There are lots of options to choose from, such as adding different herbs or spices to the marinade, varying the type of heat in the sauce, changing up what kind of nuts you use for the peanut butter, or even using a more exotic type of protein instead of chicken, like tofu. Experimenting with variations on this classic dish will open you up to new flavors and interesting combinations that may become your new favorite.
Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce is definitely a delicious treat that can be enjoyed as part of an appetizer or even a light dinner. However, storage is an important factor to consider when making this dish. If stored properly in the fridge, Spicy Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce should last up to 3 days which means it's best consumed within 48 hours to ensure its peak flavor levels are maintained.
Spice up your next meal with Spicy Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce! Start by marinating the chicken in garlic, fresh ginger, and lemon juice. Then move on to grilling the chicken—be sure to brush it with a bit of oil to prevent sticking and cook it evenly. To make the Peanut Dipping Sauce, combine creamy peanut butter and soy sauce together in a small saucepan alongside lime juice, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The Peanut Dipping Sauce will instantly add flavor and heat to your Spicy Chicken Satay making it an unforgettable dish.