Cheeky chicken satay

Chicken satay

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(57 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


  • small piece ginger



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

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • zest and juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    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

    Peanut butter

    pee-nut butt-ah

    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 500g pack skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 165ml can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • cooked rice and lime wedges, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

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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14th Jul, 2020
Cooked this for the first time and it was delicious. My fussy 7 year old and toddler ate it too. Served with rice and baby sweetcorn. I also used crunchy peanut butter. This will be a go to recipe for sure!
1st Jul, 2020
Made this tonight for my family for the first, basic easy recipe yet a really really big hit
29th May, 2020
Absolutely delicious cooked on the BBQ! Easy to make, used crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth. Very authentic.
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23rd Apr, 2020
Very easy to make and tasty But I do add more peanut butter and sweet chilli sauce to the satay sauce
Kate J
23rd Feb, 2020
This is a staple in our house. The kids demolish it every time. We normally serve it with brown rice and sesame broccoli. Delish!
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Emma Louise
20th Jul, 2019
I'm only a novice cook but this was a great recipe to try out, not difficult to prepare or cook. The sauce was amazing! My whole family commented on how delicious it was, just like from the takeaway. I made mine with egg fried rice, good combination!
12th Jun, 2019
Awesome recipe, actually tastes better than the Chinese and you can make it gluten free, only marinated for 20 mins as i was in a rush, the cucumber dish to go with it was a great touch, served mine with singapore noodles.
25th Mar, 2018
Fantastic recipe! Absolutely delicious!
8th Oct, 2017
OMG this is amazing! Never thought such a simple recipe would taste so good. Clean plates all round. Recommend doubling the sauce as it goes down well. THe cucumber salad gives a lovely sharp contrast to the creamy sauce. Added a touch of water to loosen it and used half a big can of coconut milk. Children inhaled it no leftovers at all.
28th Aug, 2017
I found the taste of lime too overpowering, so ended up adding more peanut butter and sweet chili sauce to counteract and give it some kick. This worked really well! Also used sweet soy sauce (ketjap manis), which I can definitely recommend. Otherwise it gets a bit too salty. Will make again, but with half the amount of lime juice and no zest. I would also recommend doubling the sauce ingredients.


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Vicki Rhodes
1st May, 2019
How long do I need to cook the sauce for??
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd May, 2019
Thanks for your question. The sauce ingredients only need to be heated through to combine them, around 5 minutes or until all the ingredients have loosened and come together.
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Dorothea Lim
1st Mar, 2019
This Chicken Satay is so delicious!! ^_^
11th Jul, 2017
Can you freeze the satay sauce if made in a batch?
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Jul, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes you can freeze this recipe. Do this after step 5 for best results.
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Dorothea Lim
2nd Mar, 2019
I did put my chicken inside the freezer??
25th May, 2014
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!
27th Aug, 2013
What about if you don't like peanut butter can you substitute it for something else ?
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