Cheeky chicken satay

Cheeky chicken satay

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins


Makes 12
Food editor Barney begins his cooking with kids series- first off, Barney and his daugher Maisie make chicken skewers with peanut sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked

Nutrition: per skewer

  • kcal117
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.3g
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  • small piece ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic clove
  • zest and juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 500g pack skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 165ml can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • cooked rice and lime wedges, to serve

For the cucumber salad

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • sweet chilli sauce (optional)
  • bunch coriander, leaves picked (optional)


  1. KIDS the writing in bold is for you. GROWN-UPS the rest is for you. Make a yummy marinade. Peel the ginger and help them to finely grate it and tip it into a bowl. Repeat with the garlic and lime zest. Halve the lime and get your child to juice it, then mix it in a bowl with the honey, soy, curry powder and peanut butter. Get them to give it a good mix, adding a small splash of water if it’s too stiff, then help them spoon two-thirds of the mix into a small pan. Set aside for Step 4.

  2. Now for some chicken bashing! Put the chicken in the sandwich bag, one breast at a time, getting your child to flatten each one with a rolling pin or a meat mallet – this isn’t essential, but they like doing it.

  3. Mix the chicken with the marinade you made. Cut the chicken into strips, tip it into the remaining third of the peanut-butter mix, then get your child to stir well. Cover with cling film and chill until required. This can be done up to 3 hrs ahead.

  4. Cook your tasty sauce. While the chicken is marinating, pour the coconut milk into the pan and get your child to stir together with the peanut butter mix. The sauce needs to be heated gently and stirred – suitable for confident seven- or eight-year olds, under strict adult supervision.

  5. 'Sew' the chicken onto the skewers. The chicken needs to be threaded into ‘S’ shapes onto the skewers. Get your child to thread the skewers away from themselves, being careful of the sharp points. Younger ones might find this a little fiddly, so they could just push on small chunks.

  6. Paint the tray with oil and cook the chicken. Heat the grill to high and get your child to brush a baking tray with oil. They can then line up the skewers on the tray. Grill the skewers for about 10 mins, turning occasionally, until lightly charred.

  7. Make cucumber ribbons with a peeler. Using a swivel-blade peeler, get your child to peel the cucumber into a bowl, then carry on peeling the cucumber flesh into ribbons until they get to the seeds. Repeat with each side of the cucumber.

  8. Mix a dressing for the cucumber. Get your child to mix the vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves – explain what dissolves means. Add the sweet chilli, if using, then pour over the cucumber. Add coriander if your child likes it, or serve on the side for the grown-ups. To serve, put the skewers on a platter, the sauce and salad in bowls, and serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.

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Comments (18)

ram0nab's picture

I'm Malaysian and chicken satay is one of our national dishes. This recipe is delicious, even my fussy kids (6 years & 4 years old) enjoyed it. Really easy to make and no weird stuff to shop for. I used crunchy peanut butter because there are nuts in an authentic sauce, its just down to personal taste I guess. Definitely make this again, good party buffet recipe.

slugforabutt's picture

Worst write up I have seen. I couldn't even be bothered to read my way through because of the twee "child" this and "child" that.
The recipe may be good, but I'll not be trying it. Dreadful stuff.

misslongbody's picture

Rather than skewers this can be a one pot dish for four people. I made this by putting the satay sauce (changing the coconut for half chicken stock cube with enough water to make nice consistency sauce) into the pan and gently cooking the thinly sliced chicken in this, also putting in some fresh chilli in place of the curry powder and some fresh coriander. Didn't have lime so swapped for lemon - still good!. I served this with egg noodles (just mixed them in once everything was cooked. Went down well with two fussy kids and the pickled cucumber was refreshing and cut through the peanut nicely. If I made again I would cut down the noodles and add some French beans.

koolk_2009's picture

Really good recipe. It was delicious and the chicken was really tender. I did prawns for my son and he ate the lot! Very successful

Rybena2's picture

Making this recipe again, I LOVE it!

origami09's picture

There is only one word, to describe this dish: delicious! It is sweet, and a bit spicy, fresh and vibrant. I love every bit of it!

Rybena2's picture

These were absolutely amazing, especially along with a home-made stir fry or chow mein.

shinobidef's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe. Used the juice of half a lemon instead of lime, as they're expensive here in Bulgaria, and used crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth with some added ginger, garlic and a dash of chilli to spice it up a bit. Will definitely make again

stargirlxox's picture

loved it! really easy and tasty :)

paulo122's picture

The whole family thought these were marvellous. Dead easy and delicious.

mamawaffle's picture

I made this recipe with my fussy 7 year old, he loved it! Was a huge thumbs up from him and the rest of my family. It's going to be a regular dinner for us now.

jura150's picture

No-one in the family liked the sauce. It just tasted too sour even though the lime was small. Chicken was ok grilled after marinading for half an hour but would not recommend this recipe.

leppie's picture

Delicious! Even my Very Fussy 7 year old liked this. Result! Really easy too, and used store-cupboard ingredients. Will add this to my everyday meals list. Now must stop snacking on the leftovers...

WillH's picture

Only had about half the ingredients, but these worked out so well! Delicious! And quick to make too

amy_rogers's picture

My 7 year old made these with my help. She really enjoyed bashing out the chicken and threading the skewers. The cucumber peeling was beyond her though. Both kids (7 and 4) really enjoyed this. Made loads of sauce.

appleco's picture

Made this the other night for my husband and he said it was the best satay sauce he had ever tasted. Will definitely be making this regularly.

finnandciara's picture

Used this recipe for a family bbq, and got lots of compliments and requests for the recipe. Will make again.

sarahmcgrail's picture

Great recipe! Very easy (although I must admit to cheating on the ginger - life's really too short to grate ginger yourself!) and the whole family loved it, especailly the cucumber salad (surprised the kids liked that so much).

Questions (2)

ellenscott's picture

We all loved this!! Easy & tasty. I add fresh chilli for some extra heat and I think I'll use thigh meat next time because breast meat tends to be a bit dry. I served it with Jamie's lemon and ginger rice. All in all nicer and healthier than any take away!

sebel's picture

What about if you don't like peanut butter can you substitute it for something else ?

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