Chicken Satay Recipe (Satay Gai)

Although satay (or sate, satae) is not Thai in origin, in Thai restaurants it is one of America's favorite dishes. Originating in Indonesia, this hawker fare (street food) has been adopted and adapted in many Asian countries. This recipe uses chicken, the most popular type of satay, but you may also use any other type of meat like pork, beef or even tempeh.

Satay is simply marinated meat, skewered, and charcoal-grilled and served with peanut sauce. What makes this recipe for Satay marinade particularly delicious is the use of whole dried spices. Dry-roasted and ground in a mortar and pestle, the flavor is tastier, fresher and bolder than ground spices. (Find out the best way to dry roast spices). Read more about satay in our Thai cooking tips section.



  1. Slice chicken into long thin slices, approximately 1/4" thick and 2" in length. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Dry roast coriander seeds for a minute or two in a wok over medium heat to roast lightly, stirring often.
  3. Grind the coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder (reserved for spices).
  4. Combine all the spices with the shallot, lemon grass, galangal and garlic together in a bowl.
  5. Add chicken pieces to the marinade and mix well to cover meat. Allow to marinate for at least an hour or up to overnight.
  6. Before cooking, soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 10 minutes, so that they will not burn.
  7. Skewer 2 to 3 pieces of chicken onto each stick. Grill over a hot fire until cooked through. Baste with cooking oil after turning.

Serve with MaeSri Peanut Sauce, Sticky Rice and a simple Thai Cucumber Salad. Instead of chicken you may also use pork, beef, tempeh or tofu in this recipe.

Super Satay SetShop for ready-made spice pastes, peanut sauces and other ingredients for satay in our online Asian grocery store.

We also offer complete kit (pictured left) for preparing satay with our Super Satay Set. The set contains a recipe card and 15 grocery items many of which are non-perishable and can be stored and used to make other Thai and Asian recipes as well as delicious satay!

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Satay Video  

Here's another recipe for satay. This time from Thai Food Tonight, in the video both chicken and pork satay are prepared along with peanut sauce.

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