Keto Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

These air fried keto chicken satay are marinated in wonderful spices and served with the most delicious low carb friendly peanut dipping sauce that’s so easy to make!

My family and I absolutely love Thai food, however, because traditional Thai cuisine is often made with a lot of sugar, we seldom get to enjoy it being low carb.  So instead, I decided to make my first attempt at one of my favorite Thai appetizers, the chicken satay with peanut sauce.

Keto Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce on a white plate

To be honest, I’m really here just for the peanut sauce and that was my main focus when creating this keto 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!

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 it in the peanut sauce? Am I right?

Keto Chicken Satay being skewered

What is chicken satay?

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.

How do you use an air fryer to make chicken satay?

Using an air fryer is one of the easiest methods to cook the chicken skewers.  It’s as simple as putting the skewers into the air fryer basket then cooking for 10-12 minutes @ 390F.  This fool-proof method results in a consistent golden-brown, juicy chicken satay every time!

Cubed chicken marinating in Chicken Satay marinade

What kind of chicken do I use for chicken satay?

You can use any type of chicken including, breast, leg, or thigh meat.  However, using breast meat will result in skewers that are less juicy and tender.  For optimal juiciness, I recommend using thigh meat.

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

No worries if you don’t own an air fryer, these chicken skewers can also be cooked in the oven at 350 for ~15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.  Just remember to turn the skewers halfway through.  You can also cook them over the grill turning frequently at low heat.

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

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.

This chicken satay has become one of my favorite air fryer chicken recipes and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

The special ingredients needed for this recipe are Coconut Milk, Soy Sauce, Ground Turmeric, Monkfruit, Fish Sauce and Chili Garlic Sauce.  All these can be picked up on Amazon or a local Supermarket.

You’ll also need an Air Fryer, which if you’re on the fence about, we couldn’t recommend them more!  It’s a deep frying game changer if you dislike traditional frying methods!

Now, if you’re ready, let’s get air frying some Keto Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce!

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 , 1 tbsp Fish Sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce.  Mix 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 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 low-carb Keto Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce!

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Lime being squeezed on Keto Chicken Satay

 

Keto Chicken Satay bieng dipped into Peanut Sauce

 

Keto Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

These air fried keto chicken satays are marinated in wonderful spices and served with the most delicious low carb friendly peanut dipping sauce that's so easy to make!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Recipes, Keto Chicken Satay, Peanut Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marination Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Skewers
Print Recipe
Calories: 371kcal

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
  • 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Monkfruit 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
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Monkfruit 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 , 1 tbsp Fish Sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce. Mix 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 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: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1105mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

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