Classic satay chicken skewers

These classic satay chicken skewers are great for the barbecue. Source: Getty Images

This is a classic dish! This marinated chicken cooked on the barbecue will be so good everyone will be asking you for the recipe. We’ll go out on a limb and say that this recipe will have you serving a meal that could stack up against your favourite Thai restaurant.

There are quite a lot of ingredients to this recipe (20 in all), but the smell … Oh, the smell! … It’ll be so worth all the fuss.

Enjoy served with steamed rice and lime wedges!

Serves 4


  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime rind, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 500g chicken thighs, cut into 3cm pieces


  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, halved, deseeded, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped


  1. For the cucumber, stir vinegar and sugar together in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in cucumber and salt. Set aside, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until lightly pickled. Drain and place cucumber and coriander in a bowl.
  2. Cook coriander seeds in a frying pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic and toasted. Transfer to a mortar and pound with a pestle until crushed.
  3. For the sauce, process peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, lime rind and juice, fish sauce, chilli, garlic, oil, 1 teaspoon of crushed coriander and half the turmeric in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes or until warmed. Stir in coconut cream.
  4. Preheat the barbecue flat plate to medium. Combine the remaining turmeric and coriander in a bowl. Add the chicken. Toss to coat. Thread about 3 chicken pieces each onto 12 pre-soaked bamboo skewers.
  5. Barbecue skewers for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  6. Serve with sauce, cucumber, rice and lime, if using.
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