Indonesian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce (Satay Ayam)

« I’m Indonesian but I live in Spain. I’d like to share with you my recipe of satay ayam. It has helped me a lot to overcome my homesickness. I hope this dish will be one of your favorite Asian dishes. You will not be able to resist the sweet and salty taste of the peanut sauce! »


  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil
  • 24 wooden skewers

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


Prep : 10  m   Cook : 30  m   Ready In : 1  h 40  m


  1. Combine chicken thighs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, white pepper, and sunflower seed oil in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Soak wooden skewers in water to prevent burning during cooking.
  3. Bring water, peanut butter, kecap manis, brown sugar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan; stir to combine. Remove from heat and add lime juice.
  4. Thread marinated chicken onto skewers. Set about 2 tablespoons peanut sauce aside in a small bowl and brush the sauce in the bowl over chicken.
  5. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange chicken skewers in batches on grill pan and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve skewers with remaining peanut sauce from the saucepan.
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