Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Tender and juicy chicken satay marinated in wonderful spices and served with the most delicious peanut dipping sauce. Made easily and quickly in the air fryer for a delicious, healthy, sugar-free and low carb friendly. 

My family and I absolutely love Thai food, especially the chicken satay and peanut sauce. However, because traditional Thai cuisine is often made with a lot of sugar, including their dipping sauces, I decided to make my own healthier version. 

To be honest, I’m really here just for the peanut satay sauce and that was my main focus when creating this healthier, sugar-free version of the chicken satay. I Had to make sure the peanut sauce was on point because if you guys have ever tried it, you’ll know how absolutely delicious and addicting it is! But of course, I had to make sure the chicken was tasty as well!

Healthy air fried chicken satay recipe being dipped into a sugar-free peanut sauce.

Using chicken thighs, these chicken skewers are marinated in delicious spices then air-fried to juicy perfection. They’re so good you can eat them by themselves but why would you want to when you can dip them in the peanut sauce? Am I right?

What is Thai chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce?

Chicken satay is one of the most popular dishes in southeast asia. The word ‘satay’ originates from Indonesia and means a grilled skewered meat that has been seasoned and served with a dipping sauce. Different meats can be used including beef, pork, fish, but the most popular is the chicken satay. Thai chicken satay is marinated chicken that’s been grilled (or in this case air fried) then dipped into a peanut sauce.

What ingredients are in the Satay Peanut Sauce?

  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut Milk
  • Soy Sauce (low sodium if preferred)
  • Lime Juice
  • Sweetener (Monkfruit Erythritol Blend sugar-free and low carb option)
  • Garlic

What kind of chicken do I use for chicken satay?

You can use any type of chicken including, chicken breast or chicken thigh. 

However, using breast meat will result in skewers that are less juicy and tender. For optimal juiciness, I recommend using thigh meat.

Chicken satay being skewered.

What are the instructions to make chicken satay in an Air Fryer?

Using an air fryer is one of the easiest methods to cook chicken skewers!  Air fry at 390F for 10-12 minutes. 

This fool-proof method results in a consistent golden-brown, juicy chicken satay every time!

I don’t have an air fryer, can I cook chicken satay in the oven or bbq?

Bake in the oven at 350F for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F turning once half way.  If grilling, grill at low heat for 10-15 minutes until internal temp checks out to 165F.

Can I substitute the coconut milk in both the marinade and peanut sauce?

Yes, you can use heavy cream, half and half, or even water, however, the taste will vary depending on which substitute you choose.

Cubed chicken marinating in chicken satay marinade.

What are the nutrition facts for this chicken satay recipe per skewer?

  • 279 Calories
  • 2g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 20g Protein
  • 21g Fat 
  • 5g Saturated Fat
  • 111mg Cholesterol
  • 514mg Sodium 
  • 277mg Potassium 
  • 89ui Vitamin A
  • 1mg Vitamin C
  • Calcium 17mg 

Note – the values will vary depending on how much of the sauce you use.

Any tips in making this chicken satay recipe?

  • Serve with steamed rice of choice, cauliflower rice (healthy option), or green leaf salad for a complete meal.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander/cilantro and red pepper flakes.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce to reduce sodium intake.
  • Peanut sauce also makes a delicious salad dressing. 

Ingredients for Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce laid out on wooden cutting board.

Did you have any other air fryer recipes I could try out?

Now, let’s get making this Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Marination Time 1H
  • Cooking Time 10M
  • Total Time 1H15M
  • Net Carb/Skewer ~2g
  • Serving 4-6 Skewers

Ingredients

Chicken Skewer

Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 5 minutes.

3) Grate garlic with a grater or garlic press.  Add 2/3 of the grated garlic into a mixing bowl and set the remaining 1/3 aside.

4) In the same mixing bowl, combine 2 tbsp Coconut Milk, 1 tbsp Soy Sauce, 1 tsp Ground Turmeric, 1 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend, 1 tbsp Fish Sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce.  Stir well and set aside.

5) Cut chicken into 1/2 x 1/2″ cube size bites and place into the mixing bowl.  Toss to coat the chicken then transfer marinade into a ziplock bag.  Place in fridge for at least 1 hour up to 12 hours.

6) In a new mixing bowl, combine Sugar Free Peanut Butter, 3 tbsp Coconut Milk, 1 tbsp Soy Sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend and the rest of the grated garlic from step 3).  Mix well, transfer peanut dipping sauce to a serving bowl, cover and set aside.

7) Once done marinating, skewer chicken loosely (do not pack in tight).   Cook for 10-12 minutes @ 390F until browned and internal temp reaches 165F.  Once done, transfer to a serving plate along with peanut dipping sauce.

Hope you enjoy your Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce!

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Healthy air fried chicken satay recipe being dipped into a sugar-free peanut sauce.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Tender and juicy chicken satay marinated in wonderful spices and served with the most delicious peanut dipping sauce. Made easily and quickly in the air fryer for a delicious, healthy, sugar-free and low carb friendly!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Recipes, chicken satay
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marination Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Skewers
Print Recipe
Calories: 279kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Skewer

  • 1 lb Chicken Thigh about 3-4 pieces
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Milk can replace with half n half or heavy cream, but will alter flavor
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce low sodium if preferred
  • 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce can replace with Sriracha
  • 4-6 Wooden Skewers

Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Sugar Free Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Milk can replace with half n half or heavy cream, but will alter flavor
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce low sodium if preferred
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend or sweetener of choice
  • 1 Cloves Garlic

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 5 minutes.
  • Grate garlic with a grater or garlic press. Add 2/3 of the grated garlic into a mixing bowl and set the remaining 1/3 aside.
  • In the same mixing bowl, combine 2 tbsp Coconut Milk, 1 tbsp Soy Sauce, 1 tsp Ground Turmeric, 1 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend, 1 tbsp Fish Sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce. Stir well and set aside.
  • Cut chicken into 1/2 x 1/2" cube size bites and place into the mixing bowl. Toss to coat the chicken then transfer marinade into a ziplock bag. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour up to 12 hours.
  • In a new mixing bowl, combine Sugar Free Peanut Butter, 3 tbsp Coconut Milk, 1 tbsp Soy Sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend and the rest of the grated garlic from step 3). Mix well, transfer peanut dipping sauce to a serving bowl, cover and set aside.
  • Once done marinating, skewer chicken loosely (do not pack in tight). Cook for 10-12 minutes @ 390F until browned and internal temp reaches 165F. Once done, transfer to a serving plate along with peanut dipping sauce.

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Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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8 Comments

  1. This was unbelievably tasty! The chicken itself came out so flavorful and tender, but the peanut sauce really took it over the top, wow! I love Asian food and I’m just starting to cook it, your recipes are great!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Tom! So happy to hear you liked the recipe and it came out tasty! Looking forward to hearing what recipe you cook next!

  2. I’m so excited to make this! Can you help me understand how many skewers this makes, and how many servings this is? Does it make 4 skewers and it’s 1 skewer per serving? Thank you!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Elizabeth! Yes, it will make 4 standard skewers (1/4 lb of chicken each) and it’s listed as 1 skewer = 1 serving. Entire recipe will make 4 servings. Hope that helps.

  3. This was scrumptious. Definitely will make again!!!

  4. Can you serve the sauce hot?

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