Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce (Video)
Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce are so tasty for an easy dinner from the grill and the chicken has a soy-curry marinade for added flavor!
I love having a grill that’s on a covered deck, so even when summer is kind of winding down I can make things like these Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce for a few more months. The chicken skewers were adapted from a recipe in, Fine Cooking Annual (affiliate link), a very old cookbook but one where I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried.
In the book they were appetizer-sized chicken satays, but I cut the chicken bigger, marinated it longer, and made them for an entree. I’ve made these several times since I first posted the recipe, and I finally got organized and took new photos, which show off a bit better how tasty this recipe is!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link)
- fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- Peanut Oil (affiliate link)
- garlic puree or Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- curry powder (affiliate link)
- Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter (affiliate link)
- coconut milk
- Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link)
- cayenne pepper (affiliate link)
What type of skewers are best for grilled skewers or kabobs?
If you’re making grilled skewers or kabobs I highly recommend using either thicker blade-type skewers (affiliate link) or double skewers (affiliate link) to prevent the meat from spinning around on the skewers. You can see the favorite double skewers I used in this recipe. But if you don’t have skewers like that, make sure you squeeze the chicken pieces together to hold them in place.
What if you don’t have an outdoor grill?
If you don’t have an outdoor grill you can make these chicken skewers on a stove-top grill pan with ridges (affiliate link) or on a George Foreman Grill (affiliate link). And these kinds of grilling gadgets are also great for grilling when it’s too cold to cook outside, enjoy! Don’t forget that the George Foreman Grill cooks both sides at once, so the cooking times will be much shorter.
How to make this recipe:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Trim the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut each one in half lengthwise to make two strips, or three strips if the chicken breasts are really large.
- Mix soy sauce, lemon juice, peanut oil, garlic puree, and curry powder to make the marinade.
- Put chicken strips and marinade in a plastic bag and marinate a few hours, or longer.
- When you’re ready to cook, drain chicken and let it come to room temperature, then thread it on skewers. Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Grill chicken, turning the kabobs every few minutes until the chicken is nicely done and feels firm (but not hard to the touch.) With my new natural gas grill I cooked them 12 minutes and they were perfect.
- While chicken cooks, mix together the soy sauce, lemon juice, peanut butter, coconut milk, sweetener of your choice, and Cayenne pepper to make the sauce and heat it over low heat. (This sauce is so good, I might double it or triple it so you have extra!)
- Serve hot, with the sauce on the side.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
More Recipes with Chicken and Curry:
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 T soy sauce (see notes)
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup peanut oil
- 2 tsp. garlic puree
- 1 tsp. curry powder
Peanut Sauce Ingredients:
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup Adams Natural Peanut Butter (see notes)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp. Golden Monkfruit Sweetener
- 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper (or more)
- Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken breasts and cut each breast in half (or in three strips) lengthwise.
- Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
- Put chicken pieces and in Ziploc bag, pour in marinade, then seal bag and turn over several times so chicken is well-coated with marinade.
- Let marinate in refrigerator, a minimum of 6 hours, or all day.
- To cook chicken, first spray grill with olive oil or nonstick grill spray, or wipe with paper towel dipped in oil if you don’t have an olive oil mister.
- Preheat charcoal or gas grill to medium high (you can only hold your hand there for a few seconds.)
- Thread two or three chicken pieces onto each skewer, folding back and forth as many times as you can to get a lot of the chicken surface exposed to the grill.
- Grill chicken, turning every 3-4 minutes, until it’s nicely browned and feels firm (but not hard) to the touch.
- On my new natural gas grill the chicken skewers were perfectly cooked in 12 minutes, so check them as you cook for the time on your grill.
- While chicken grills, whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, peanut butter, coconut milk, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener or sweetener of your choice, and cayenne pepper in small saucepan.
- This sauce is good on so many things, I recommend doubling or tripling the amounts.)
- Heat over low heat, thinning sauce with a little water if it thickens too much.
- Serve chicken hot, with some sauce on the side for dipping chicken pieces.
Be sure to use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) if needed. I love Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter (affiliate link) but use any natural peanut butter without added sugar. Use any sweetener you prefer if you don't have Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link).
This recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Annual.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 498Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 755mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 44g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as you use an approved sweetener and natural peanut butter without sugar, these chicken skewers and the peanut sauce are a perfect main course for low-carb and low-glycemic diets and any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! It was updated with better photos in 2012 and updated with more information 9n 2021.