Keto Chicken Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Learn how to make low-carb, keto chicken satay skewers with spicy peanut sauce. The meat is marinated with a mix of spices and Asian sauce, grilled to tender and juicy and served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. Healthy, gluten-free, sugar-free satay recipe!


Keto Chicken Satay Skewers With Peanut Dipping Sauce

WHAT IS SATAY?

Satay is a Southeast Asian food consisting of small pieces of meat, chicken or fish cooked on a stick – usually grilled – and served with a spicy peanut sauce. By spicy, I mean spiced, not hot!

You might have heard of Malaysian, Thai or Indonesian satay and there are regional variations to the recipe: what meat is used, how thick it’s cut, how savoury or sweet the marinade and the peanut sauce are, how thick or thin the dipping sauce is, and the spice level. One thing is the same for all – satay is delicious, especially made with chicken.

Chicken Satay With Keto Peanut Sauce Recipe

KETO CHICKEN SATAY SKEWERS 

Traditional chicken satay will use sugar or another sweetener both in the marinade and the peanut sauce. This keto recipe is made with sugar-free sweetener and is dairy-free and gluten-free friendly. It’s like a healthy chicken satay!

You can make keto chicken satay as skewers or grill marinated pieces of meat as they are. I like to marinade the chicken for at least 2-3 hours (I often get it prepared in the morning before work) but even 20 minutes will work.

Grilled satay chicken can be served as finger food or appetizer or as a main protein dish with a side of rice or noodles, cauliflower rice, cucumber salad or any other vegetable dish you like.

HOW TO MAKE KETO CHICKEN SATAY

You will find the full recipe with ingredients and nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below. Here are some handy step-by-step photos of how to make chicken satay skewers and the peanut dipping sauce.

SATAY CHICKEN SKEWERS 

Step 1. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-size pieces/rectangular or square pieces. Season with curry powder, garlic powder, white pepper and a little salt. Rub all over and add to a bowl.

Step 2. Gather ingredients for the rest of the marinade: lime juice or rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, gluten-free soy sauce (e.g. Tamari or coconut aminos) and olive oil. If using bamboo sticks for grilling the skewers, soak them in some cold water for a few minutes (to prevent burning).

Step 3. Drizzle with the remaining marinade ingredients and mix through to coat evenly. Leave to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes (can be done ahead of time and left in the fridge). Once marinated, thread the chicken pieces onto bamboo or metal skewers.

KETO PEANUT SAUCE

Step 4. Prepare the peanut sauce. You can use a food processor or a blender to blend the sauce ingredients until smooth. Alternatively, melt the peanut butter in a microwave or over hot water. Combine with the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Taste for salt/sweet/acidity balance. You may need to add a little more sweetener or lime juice or salt/fish sauce. Should be sweet but not too much.

Keto peanut sauce for satay chicken

GRILLING THE SKEWERS

Step 5. Heat up a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil, and spread it around the pan. When the oil is hot, add the chicken skewers and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through. You can do the same on an outdoor grill or barbecue.

Place the cooked skewers on a platter with peanut sauce, garnish crushed peanuts, red chilli, coriander and lime wedges. You can serve it with shaved cucumber salad on the side.

Low-Carb Chicken Satay Recipe

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN SATAY

Grilled chicken satay can be served as the main protein dish or as an appetizer or finger food, especially if done as skewers. As with most Asian dishes, satay chicken pairs beautifully with steamed rice or coconut rice or noodles. To keep it keto-friendly, I like to serve these with a simple cucumber salad with some coconut cauliflower rice on the side.

You can also make an Asian-style coleslaw salad or a quick stir-fry of broccoli and zucchini or any other vegetables you have on hand.

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FULL RECIPE & INGREDIENTS

Find the full list of ingredients, instructions and extra cooking notes below. If you have questions or cook this recipe, please let me know in the comments and make sure to rate this recipe so it’s easy for others to find.

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Keto Chicken Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Keto Chicken Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 6 skewers 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Tender and juicy, keto chicken satay skewers are grilled to perfection and served with a delicious, creamy peanut sauce. This is a healthier version of regular satay chicken that is sugar-free, gluten-free, low-carb friendly.


Ingredients

Scale

For the chicken satay skewers

  • 500 g / 1 lb chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice or rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (e.g. Tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil
  • Short Bamboo sticks (soak in cold water for 5 minutes)

For the peanut sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon grated or minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger  
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter (crunchy or not crunchy is fine)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar-free sweetener (Natvia or something similar, equivalent to 2 teaspoons of regular sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice or rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup water 

To serve/garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, finely chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Coriander/cilantro 
  • Red chilli sliced or thinly sliced red onion/spring onions
  • Optional: make a shaved cucumber salad or a few shaved cucumber ribbons to serve on the plate

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken thighs into bite-size pieces/rectangular or square pieces. Season with curry powder, garlic powder, white pepper and a little salt. Rub all over and add to a bowl. Drizzle with the remaining marinade ingredients and mix through to coat evenly. Leave to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes (can be done ahead of time and left in the fridge).
  • Prepare the peanut sauce. You can use a food processor or a blender to blend the sauce ingredients until smooth. Alternatively. melt the peanut butter in a microwave or over hot water. Combine with the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Taste for salt/sweet/acidity balance. You may need to add a little more sweetener or lime juice or salt/fish sauce. Should be sweet but not too much.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto bamboo or metal skewers.
  • Heat up a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil, and spread it around the pan.
  • When the oil is hot, add the chicken skewers and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Place the cooked skewers on a platter with peanut sauce, garnish crushed peanuts, red chilli, coriander and lime wedges. Can also have some shaved cucumber salad in the shot or on the platter.

Notes

For Paleo/Whole30: use almond butter or cashew butter and coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

You will probably have leftover peanut sauce, which can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat and thin it out with a little water or coconut milk.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 skewer with 1 tablespoon sauce
  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 1181.7 mg
  • Fat: 22.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 23.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 78.3 mg

Keywords: Satay, Chicken Thighs, Chicken Recipes, Keto Recipes, Peanut Sauce

Keto Chicken Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce
BY IRENA MACRI

About the author: I share tasty recipes, tips, and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I am a qualified nutrition coach with an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

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5 Comments
  1. My friends are coming over this weekend. I think I could make this recipe then. It looks amazing!

  2. Every bite does indeed look amazing! All of the flavors are incredible. And I love these vibrant colors.

  3. Absolutely love satay so I can’t wait to try this version. It looks so creamy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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