Side angle view of Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Growing up my family would always go out for Thai food. I live for good panang curry, pad thai, green papaya salad, and satay.

I could never pick just one favorite food cuisine because there are so many food cultures I love. But that being said, Thai food is definitely somewhere in my top 3.

Unfortunately I am yet to find a Thai restaurant that is safe for gluten-free dining in my area. Luckily, with a switch of gluten-free soy sauce my go-to chicken satay recipe easily becomes naturally gluten-free.

That is one of the reasons I love cooking. You know each and every ingredient you are putting into something! This chicken satay has all the flavor you’d want, with ingredients you can find at the regular grocery store. Aerial view of tomato soup in a white bowl

Chicken satay just wouldn’t be the same without a flavorful peanut sauce and refreshing pickled cucumber relish. Cooks Illustrated agrees. The sauce and relish recipes are adapted from Cooks Illustrated and are fantastic!

This sauce is so good I save the leftovers and use it in stir-fries. I also love the relish alongside other proteins like grilled fish. With some steamed rice, chicken satay makes for a great meal on the grill during these hot summer months. I also like making satay on mini skewers for parties.

You are sure to impress your guests with this naturally gluten-free appetizer!

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Side angle view of Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
5 from 2 votes

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce and Fresh Cucumber Relish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
marinade 4 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
A yummy and flavorful Asian classic with a refreshing relish


For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric

For the Cucumber Relish:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves chopped coarse
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
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For the Chicken:

  • Place all the ingredients for the chicken in a container. Marinate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  • Prior to cooking soak bamboo skewers for 30 minutes. Thread the chicken onto the skewers and grill over medium. for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through. Serve with the dipping sauce and relish.

For the Cucumber Relish:

  • Combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over high heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then stir in the cucumber, red pepper, mint, shallot, and fish sauce. Refrigerate until needed.

For the Peanut Dipping Sauce:

  • Heat the coconut oil in small saucepan over medium. Add the curry paste, sugar, and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the peanut butter until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in peanuts, lime juice, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Cool to room temperature.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.1mg
 Peanut Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Relish recipes adapted from Cooks Illustrated

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Hi, I'm Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I'm here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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  1. This looks great and I plan to try it out soon. My husband loves eating food that’s on a stick – I don’t know why, he just does!! So with the ingredients and seasoning I just know he is going to go nuts over this!!

  2. Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about sauces? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

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