Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut SaucePin

Top 5 reasons I love Everyday Thai Cooking:

1. I don’t cook enough Thai cuisine and this book reminded me how easy it can be.
2. My kids marked over half the book’s recipes that they want me to make.
3. The cookbook inspired me to add a few new flavorful ingredients to my pantry like fish sauce and hoison sauce.
4. The mango and prawn salad is one of the tastiest things I’ve made for brunch in weeks.
5. Katie Chin is an all around dynamic gal and she wrote an amazing book. So proud of you, my friend!

From Katie:

When Catherine told me her son loves spice I knew he would love this recipe for Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. It’s super easy to make and older kids can help skewer the chicken. My toddler twins like to call them Thai tacos since you wrap the chicken up into lettuce leaves. I like to make this as a snack after soccer practice because it’s loaded with lean protein and fun to eat. The spicy peanut sauce recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes so reduce the amount or omit altogether for young kids.


Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

2 from 2 votes
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 14 wooden skewers, soaked for 30 minutes

Peanut Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • crushed roasted peanuts for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, ginger, garlic, curry powder and salt. Stir to combine well.
  • Place the chicken strips in the yogurt marinade and turn until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (up to overnight)
  • Thread the chicken strips onto the soaked skewers, and place them on a foil-covered baking sheet. Bake the chicken strips for 14 minutes, flipping once half way through.
  • Serve immediately with Peanut Sauce.
  • Peanut Sauce
  • In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, coconut milk, curry paste, lime juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine, and heat over medium-low heat until the mixture begins to simmer, stirring constantly. Transfer to a small serving bowl and top with the crushed peanuts.
  • Note: You can add more coconut milk if you prefer a thinner sauce.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 600mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Hereโ€™s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Definitely Thai food, though we also love everything from Indian food to Chinese and Meditteranean and African cuisines, too!

  2. Pho, pho and more pho! My kids love it! That’s Vietnamese for those who have never had it. :o)

  3. This looks like a great recipe. One question: in the comments before the recipe directions you say the recipe for the peanut sauce calls for crushed red pepper, but it isn’t listed in the ingredients. There is red curry powder, but not red pepper. Mistake, omission, or other?

  4. We love all Asian cuisines: Chinese dumplings, Japanese noodles and Korean kalbi. It’s all delicious!

  5. My family enjoys Thai seafood soup (sometimes called Tom Yum) and green curried vegetables (including eggplant) and tofu.

  6. We All really like Mexican food, and a lot of us like Chinese and Asian food. We espessially like stir fry, in fact, where having that tonight for dinner!

  7. If you consider Italian food…that would be my kids favorite. I like Chinese.

  8. Thai Food is amazing. My favorite restaurant in Charleston, SC where I live is a Thai place called Basil. The Basil Chicken spicy is my favorite! And the coconut chicken soup… I can’t remember the fancy name for it though ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. My younger son recently discovered that he LOVES chicken satay; however, my first attempt to make it for him was a complete failure. He’s told me he only likes satay in New York, where he first had it. Hopefully, I can redeem myself with this recipe!

  10. I love Thai food and I would like to incorporate more variety in what I make for dinner. It gets old eating the same things.

  11. I love Thai food but never can find good easy recipes. I would love this to try some recipes for my family!

  12. We love Thai, but restaurants always use too much sodium and, sometimes, msg. Learning ‘every day’ ways to make it at home would be awesome!

  13. Add the lime juice in with the rest of the sauce ingredients! If you like it without you can certainly omit it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi Catherine.

    I made this last night and the “chicken version” was a definite winner, according to my husband and 4 year old, and I can vouch for the “tofu version” which was equally delicious!

    I am a vegetarian so, as I do whenever a recipe allows, I did a tofu version as I could use the same marinade mix and the same peanut sauceโ€ฆ. I just doubled the marinade recipe and split it into two bowls – one for the tofu and one for the chicken. Then everything else was the same – two baking sheets, my double oven :-), etc.

    One question about the lime juice in the peanut sauce. It is on the ingredients list but not mentioned in the directions, so I ended up forgetting about it even though I noticed the problem when I first read the recipe. I need to make more peanut sauce tonight for the leftovers so what do I do with the lime juice? Add it to the pan in the beginning with all the other ingredients to bring to a simmer or do something else with it (like pour it over the sauce at the end and mix it in)? Help!โ€ฆ and another big “Thank You” for something I can add to the repertoire.

    BTW, do you happen to have a barbecue chicken version or a Japanese/Teriaki version? My husband and son loves chicken on a stick! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I have been a fan of thai food ever since I tried shrimp with bean thread noodles at a local restaurant. I have only 1 thai dish (thai chicken in phyllo shells) in my cooking repertoire but would certainly LOVE to add more. Thanks!

  16. Is there a substitution for the curry paste? I don’t think I’d use it enough to warrant buying it for one meal.

  17. Sometimes it feels like we eat more international foods than American! Though Mexican would definitely be the winner in our house.

  18. I love Thai Food but all the unfamilar spices can be overwhelming and a bit intimidating : /

  19. We love Mexican as a family, but I’m trying to encourage eating more Thai ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. This book would be a big food! We love Thai food and have some friends that also come over once a month or every couple months for what we like to call “Thai night”!

  21. For me and my hubby, that would definitely be Thai food! For my kids, they love hot & spicy Mexican food.

  22. We’re a gluten and dairy free household so have been experimenting some with all different Asian cuisines. We would love to get more Thai dishes into the repetoire.

  23. We all love Thai food and have just put a super easy Pad Prik recipe in the weekly rotation. Would be excited to have more recipes!

  24. I LOVE Thai food – would love to see her book and get some recipes that my kids might like.

  25. Sounds amazing – looking forward to trying this! Positive my kid will love it.

  26. My kids always love peanut chicken done on the grill with sticky rice! Got the sticky rice recipe from a Japanese woman I used to work with. Yum!

  27. Mmmmmm Thai! My favorite, and so sad that we do not have any amazing Thai restaurants around us…I think I need to learn how to cook this incredible cuisine!

  28. Looks delicious! I love this because it combines two things my kids love: food on a stick and a dip!

  29. I love thai food! Never dawned on me to cook at home, yum would love to try it!

  30. Both of my kids love Indian curries. I would love this book because I think they’d like many of the recipes and I need the inspiration.

  31. Would love to make my own Thai food because I have a peanut allergy and I would love recipes where I could substitute seed butters. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  32. Oh how wonderful; I have always wanted to get proficient at making Thai food!

  33. Dolma – meat/rice mixture stuffed in potatoes, tomatoes, and bell peppers and cooked. yummm

  34. We love Thai and Indian cuisine! My two year old loves Thai food especially! She love Pad See Ew, Phad Thai, and Fried Tofu! Yum! Really want this book to make more Thai dishes at home! Fingers crossed!

  35. We love Chinese food! I have not tried thai food but it sounds amazing! My son only seems to like big flavors so we are definately trying this recipe.

  36. We love Indian and Thai…but as long as it’s got noodles the kids are in heaven!!!

  37. We like almost anything fresh – and are particularly drawn to Mediterranean style dishes. We have been wanting to cook more Asian-inspired dishes, and this book would be perfect!

  38. We love Thai food! Just bought some fish sauce to try making Pad Thai. Just need a recipe because my last attempt was a disaster ๐Ÿ™‚ This cookbook would be great!

  39. Her recipes look so easy to make. I’d luv to have her cookbook and add it to my collection of many cookbooks. My kids have food intolerance so I’m expanding my cooking.

  40. This looks delicious! My favourite is Thai food and my husbands is Mexican.

  41. We love Mexican food! I haven’t done a lot of Thai cooking for my kids so this cookbook would be great!!!

  42. We love Italian and Mexican. I haven’t made many Thai dishes, so this book would be perfect for my family!

  43. After living in Asia for four years, we have grown to love any Asian cuisine!

  44. We love Vietnamese food so much, we go for a bowl of Pho almost every week. My 2 young boys love the flavorful soup and the spring rolls. Thai is the second, The boys loooooooove chicken satay!

  45. We love Thai flavored but don’t know how to cook with them. This book is perfect!

  46. Interesting giveaway. I’ve never made Thai food so this would be an awesome way to try a new cuisine.

  47. Love that Thai is low on dairy, something we are limiting these days. Can’t wait to try some new flavors!

  48. I love Thai food, and this cookbook would be a great addition to my collection!

  49. My dad is from Malaysia. We love it when he makes chinese barbeque chicken and steak, singapore street noodle ( a big hit for kids ๐Ÿ™‚ rice, roti, fresh avocado and mango, and pompadums! I love thai food. It would be fun to make something for him.

  50. Sweet! My husband would love it if I expanded my repertoire to include thai foods for him and our boys!

  51. I love Thai food and would love to find some recipes that my family would love also!

  52. My family and I love Thai food but I’ve only made it a handful of times…Really want to start cooking it more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. I enjoy Thai food, and would love to be able to make it at home. It’s great that the recipes are easy to make as well.

  54. We make a lot of Mexican dishes but would love to experiment with Thai! These look amazing!

  55. Thai is a favorite cuisine in my house, but we have only a few recipes. This book would be a great addition!

  56. i love making coconut milk curries. i have yet to find a way to make them spicy enough for me and my husband but not so much that the kids won’t eat them!

  57. Our favourite international cuisine is German with tender slices of meat, a rich sauce and mashed potatoes to mop it up. Yummy!

  58. Sone of my best travel food memories are from Thailand. So spicy and full of flavour!!!

  59. Believe it or not, Thai cuisine! Followed closely by Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian! When we eat out, it is almost always at a restaurant from one of those cuisines! I love having adventurous kids!

  60. We love Thai takeout but I love the idea of trying to create a healthier less expensive version at home. I hope I win but if not I’ll buy the cookbook – thank you both! – Suzanne

  61. I love Thai food, but my family is a little hesitant. This recipe sounds like a good starter to try on them!

  62. As a teacher of world culture enrichment classes for kids (see URL) I am always cooking and trying new recipes so that my students get to *taste* a culture in addition to learning about one. Many times I find the recipes (especially Asian ones) fairly complicated…but I try to go for it anyway! I would love nothing more than to have this cookbook in my hands not only for my classes, but for my family as well. We are going to Thailand in February for two weeks and how fun it would be to introduce some Thai dishes at home (vs. eating out) before we go! I will also be teaching a series of Thailand culture sessions in my son’s 4th grade class for their upcoming “International Day” that I co-chair. This book would be “epic!” (as my kids would say) in so many ways! Thanks for the consideration!

  63. Thai food is my husband’s favorite! I’d love to get this cookbook to share some of those tastes with our daughters!

  64. Chicken Satay is one of my favorite dishes from the thai restaurant, not all have it on the menu. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Can hardly wait. Thanks for sharing!!!

  65. Indian food with our favorites being Naan, Murgh Tikka Masala, Saag Gosht, Mango Lassi and Mango pudding at the end to cleanse the palate:-)

  66. I lived in Italy for three years so Italian food (REAL authentic Italian food) is my favorite cuisine. I am really trying to incorporate more Thai food into our meals b/c of the nutritional benefits of ginger and curry.

  67. Our favorite is a Senegalese dish called Maffe. It consists of sautรฉed beef cubes, with onions, carrots, cabbage and potatoes (you can replace the beef with other vegetables to make a veggie dish and is still delicious!). The sauce is made out peanut butter and concentrated tomato paste, a bit diluted in water or chicken/beef stock. Serve with white rice. Delicious and my kids love it!!

  68. Yumm! Our family loves indian food! (I think the Naan might be the reason!)

  69. This recipe looks amazing! My husband and I love all types of Asian cuisine and my 2 year old is definitely adventurous when it comes to trying new flavors. Add in the fact that peanut butter is one of his favorite foods and this one is guaranteed to be a winner ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. I would love to have some Thai recipes to try at home. My kids would love to try the chicken satay.

  71. We love all types of foods…most especially Mexican. However, Thai is a close second, even with my 2 year old!

  72. My hubby and I love authentic Chinese food! Noodles and dumplings all the way!

  73. We like almost all ethnic cuisines! Chinese and Thai are probably near the top of our list.

  74. Wait… is the same Katie Chin that wrote 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes? Oh, it is! I saw that one at the library and earmarked so many recipes I have decided to buy it. I’m sure this one is just as good!

  75. I love Thai food and would love to learn to make it at home! My favorite is pad Thai.

  76. My family’s favorite by far is Japanese cuisine. Even my 6 year old daughter loves to sit at the sushi bar and try new things. We’re trying to venture out with Thai and Indian cuisines, and we’d love to have this book!

  77. We like all sorts of cuisinesโ€”Mexican is always popular with everyone in my house.

  78. My mouth is watering looking at this chicken satay recipe! I LOVE Thai food and I must have this cookbook!

  79. This looks yummy! Fish sauce frightens me away from preparing Thai food, although I love the curries.
    Pinned this too!

  80. Thank you for posting the Chicken Satay recipe! It will work for me…. and I am SO thankful because I am on a special/restricted diet for people who have horrible Migraines. Although I will not be able to have the Peanut Butter Sauce, I am looking forward to trying the Chicken Satay recipe this weekend!!!
    I was just placed on this diet last Friday and it has been VERY difficult. I found your One Family One Meal Recipe Book in the library and so far it is the closest thing to food I am able to eat because you are using healthy, fresh foods. I am not able to use certain foods such as peanut butter, hard cheeses, onion, egg plant, peas, avocados, raspberries, chocolate, raisins and SO much more, but beyond that, it foods with nitrates, nitrites, caffeine artificial sweetners and MSG and foods which have “flavorings” and “natural flavorings”.
    I am thankful to have found your book and website with book with recipes that I am able to eat!
    Best Regards,
    Debbie and The Erickson Family

  81. Yummy- I will be trying this recipe – anything on a stick works for my lil one. Now my all time go to dish would have to be a Curry.

  82. Adore Thai food, and love the idea of recipes that are simple enough for everyday dinners.

  83. I love Thai food…
    My favorite is the Green Papaya salad…crunch, sweet, sour, spicey!!!!

  84. We love Thai, and I would love to have a collection of everyday recipes. Thanks for the possibility!

  85. I love Thai food. I’m lucky that I live in a neighborhood that has many Thai restaurants. But it would be fun to have the cookbook so I can make it at home.

  86. This recipe sounds delicious!!! My twin boys just turned 1, so I haven’t experimented much with spicy, intensely flavorful foods yet. I love cooking diverse foods from all over the world and am looking forward to trying all kinds of things soon.

  87. I haven’t heard of this cookbook, but I’m excited to try this recipe! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  88. I absolutely love Thai and my kids are avid lovers of anything on a skewer. I can see this being a real winner for our family!

  89. We cook lots of Thai stir-fries at home, but love the idea of “Everyday Thai” in lieu of the more complex recipes we frequently cook.

    Thanks for sharing!

  90. Oooh We love Thai food in this house, it would be lovely to learn to cook more thai recipes.

  91. We love Thai food but somehow do not cook much of that at home. Maybe that should change! Pineapple seafood curry is definitely a favorite! At home we cook a lot of eastern european dishes that everyone in the family loves (from little ones to grand-grand parents).

  92. We love both Italian and Mexican right now. We have just begun introducing Chinese/Asian to our 5 year old. I think Thai is a nice transition from there! And this one looks amazing and would be fun!

  93. Our 2.5 year old is much pickier than he was before. I think it’s a phase. I hope. His go to would be Italian first (anything pasta) and then Chinese (chicken with broccoli and rice, which he could eat every day). My husband and I, on the other hand, love everything international: Korean, Indian, Moroccan, Mexican, Thai, etc., etc.

  94. My husband and kids would love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it and to add more Thai dishes to our menu!!

  95. What a wonderful cookbook! And, man that chicken satay is making me very hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the recipe and for a chance at winning the cookbook!

  96. Oh my gosh. I LOVE Thai food. So does the rest of my family. We love peanut butter and lime and coconut milk but most importantly we love spice. And so does my 2 year old. If I was able to make it to the store right now we would be having this recipe for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. Our favorite to eat is Indian; our favorite to make at home is Mexican. But I’d love to try some Thai cooking. Thanks for the recipe!

  98. We love lots of stuff, but mostly my kids love Japanese food (Yakisoba, or Fried Rice) basically anything with Rice!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the home recipe I have for fried rice with brown rice and left over or rotissere chicken! Yum!!

  99. It’s so hard to pick just one! Fish tacos, sushi, pad Thai. Pretty tame, but good for a toddler!! Would love more ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. My favorite at the moment is Brazilian food … My daughter’s in probably Japanese food. ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. My 3-year-old isn’t the most adventurous, so our favorite international cuisine that the whole family will eat consists primarily of pad thai and tacos. But pad thai is the gateway, right? So this cookbook would be great!

  102. We have at least 2 go-to recipes from you that I have shared with several people: Chicken with olives and caramelized lemons, and your crockpot pulled pork tacos. I can’t wait to try this recipe to see if it is added to the list. Like that another reader does Korean food….do you have any korean dishes a well?

  103. Tacos are as exotic as my 5 year old has gotten. Although, these might change things. What 5 year old doesn’t like to eat something on a stick with dip?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. That recipe looks amazing! We love Japanese food and also Italian…I am a big fan of Thai food and would love that cookbook so I could make my son and partner be fans as well.

  105. And so to actually answer the question: my favorite is thai! But my kids love Italian.

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