Thai Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce + Ginger Coconut Rice

Grilled Thai Chicken Satay served over flavorful ginger coconut rice… oh and there’s a delicious peanut sauce too!

Thai Chicken Satay Skewers and Peanut Sauce

Today it’s two recipes for the price of one. I’m feelin’ generous and one really needs to go with the other in order to experience the whole delicious effect. It’s a harmony of sorts. You’ll dig it.

Well I’m happy to report spring has finally sprung here in the mitten! It’s been in the 70’s and going strong so this weekend I decided to dust off my grilling recipes. In this Thai-inspired grilled satay, chicken marinates in a delicious concoction of coconut milk, lemongrass, lime juice and garlic. 


So you guys, this easy chicken satay recipe was one I’ve been working on for a while now and I know you’ll like it. Ever since I had made these beef skewers last year I wanted to make a chicken version… but with a little Thai flair. I wasn’t sure how these would go over with my family, one isn’t a coconut fan and the other isn’t a fan of peanut butter anything [WHAT?] she’s obviously adopted. Just kidding! But once I saw everyone’s empty plates I knew it was a hit. Pat said the Thai Chicken Satay were really good and my youngest told me “I’m totally diggin’ this chicken Mom”.

So you see, you’re destined to love these.

chopped lemongrass

Start by finely chopping up one to two lemongrass stalks. The ones Pat picked up were only 5 inches long.

minced garlic

Then mince up 4 cloves of garlic.

lime juice

Add those to a large dish and squeeze in about a quarter cup of fresh lime juice.

honeytamarifish saucechili paste

Drizzle in the honey, tamari, fish sauce and, for a little kick, I add a teaspoon of chili sauce [sambal oelek].

coconut oil

Then pour in a couple tablespoons of coconut oil that has been heated so it’s liquefied.

coconut milk

Lastly pour in a third cup of coconut milk.


Whisk all those goodies together until smooth.

throw in the chicken

Throw in the chicken tenders. This is not quite two pounds of chicken tenders, 1.80 l-b’s to be exact… which fed us four perfectly.

coat and marinate for 2 hours

Toss them around to coat, cover and pop them into the fridge to marinate for 2 hours.

peanut sauce

Mean while I got moving on this quick peanut sauce. It’s basically; peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, green onions, cilantro and a little more of that chili paste. Issss ssssoooooo goooooood.

soak skewers

I also soaked some wooden skewers in an extra tall glass of water. This will help them from catching on fire while on the grill. They’ll char a bit… but won’t ignite, which is a good thing. Make sure you flip these so all of them are soaked evenly.

smashed ginger coins

I also made the coconut ginger rice. My sister passed this recipe on to me and I’ve adapted it to feed my fam. It’s most definitely my favorite rice dish! Slice up a good-size piece of ginger (about 2 to 4 inches) into 5 or 6 thick coins. Hit the ginger coins with the blunt handle of your knife to bust them up, and add to the rice cooker. I’ll give you both rice cooker version and stove-top version in the printable at the bottom of the post.

jasmine rice

Add two cups of Jasmine rice. Jasmine is a KEY ingredient, plain white rice just won’t do here I promise. Throw in a teaspoon and a half of kosher salt as well.

coconut milk in rice

Pour in 10 ounces of coconut milk…


Then add just enough water to reach a certain line in your rice cooker. If you were making this in a pot on your stove, add enough water to the coconut milk to equal four cups total. Put the lid on a flip a switch is all I do.

pick out ginger and fluff

You could also toss in some cilantro for an extra punch of freshness!

NOTE: Pat likes his rice, and this make 8 cups (give or take) so feel free to cut this recipe in half if you don’t want the extra rice.


Oncethe chicken is done marinating, thread the chicken onto the skewers and preheat your grill to medium-high.


Next, grill the chicken  for 4-6 minutes a side or until they have grill marks and are fully cooked.

grilled goodness

Ta-daaaa! Thai Chicken Satay!

Thai Chicken Satay Skewers and Peanut Sauce

Here they are in all their glory. I like to remove the Thai Chicken Satay off of the skewers and then drizzle copious amounts of the peanut sauce over top. Can you say HEAVEN?!

Thai Chicken Satay Skewers and Peanut Sauce 02

I’m so excited for the leftovers.

Enjoy! And if you give this Thai Chicken Satay recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Thai Chicken Satay Skewers and Peanut Sauce

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Yield: 4 servings

Thai Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce + Ginger Coconut Rice

Thai Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce + Ginger Coconut Rice
Grilled Thai Chicken Satay served over flavorful ginger coconut rice... oh and there's a delicious peanut sauce too!
Prep Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes



  • 1-3/4 to 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 to 2 lemongrass stalks (each about 5 inches long) minced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeeze lime juice, plus 1 teaspoon of zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (sambal oelek)
  • wooden skewers - soaked for at least 30 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste [sambal oelek]
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • warm water, to thin the sauce out


  • 1 three inch piece of ginger, sliced into 5 or 6 coins and smashed with the handle of a knife
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 ounces coconut milk
  • Water


FOR THE SATAY: Combine the lemongrass, garlic, coconut milk, lime juice, honey, fish sauce, coconut oil, tamari and chili paste into a deep dish and whisk until combined. Cover and refrigerate for two hours before skewering.

Grill on medium-high heat for 4-6 minutes a side until the chicken is fully cooked.

FOR THE PEANUT SAUCE: Combine the peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, honey, fish sauce, chili paste, garlic, green onion and the cilantro. Add a little bit of warm water at a time until thinned to your liking.

Makes about a cup.


Rice Cooker Version: Throw ginger coins, rice, salt and the coconut milk into the rice cooker. Fill the rest with water according to your rice cooker manual. Cover, flick the switch and wait until ready.

Stove-top Version: Measure out the coconut milk into a 4 cup liquid measuring cup. Fill the rest of the way with water until reaches 4 cups. Throw the ginger coins, salt and coconut milk into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add in rice and reduce heat. Cook covered until all water is absorbed. Approximately 15 – 20 min. Fluff rice and remove ginger pieces.

Should make 8 cups of rice.

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52 Responses to “Thai Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce + Ginger Coconut Rice”

  1. #
    leslie — May 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

    love love love everything about this. I have made a peanut butter sauce but it was tooooo peanut buttery…I will have to give yours a whirl.

  2. #
    Tieghan Gerard — May 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I love thai, I love peanut sauce and I love coconut rice! II actually have a thai shrimp recipe coming up later this week!

    sounds like your weather is perfect!! It snowed here all weekend 🙁 But I am trying to be positive and I am still using my grill no matter what!

  3. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — May 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    yummm! this sounds so delicious! that sauce!!

  4. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Hold me closer, tiny dancer.

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 10:11 am

      Haaaa! *holding*

  5. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Satay it ain’t so!! Girl, I am so on this like white on coconut rice! OKay – I’ll stop, clearly I’m over caffeinated and sleep deprived.

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 10:11 am

      Amen sister. Amen.

  6. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Love it Laurie! I am so into satay. If only my husband wasn’t allergic to coconut!!

  7. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    You know I totally love these flavors. That marinade…drooling for some of that this morning!

  8. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Congrats on spring finally meandering its way over to you! I feel like we’ve been so lucky having gorgeous weather over here but fire season’s supposed to be a doozy since we got like 0 percip over the winter. SO psyched grillin’ season’s upon us and your chicken satay looks marvelous! Hope you had fun this weekend!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

      Thank you Julia! I hope it’s not too bad.. sounds super scary :S

  9. #
    MC@ThousandStoryKitchen — May 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Well, I’m so glad you have sunny skies up in Michigan! Northeast Georgia has been rainy and cold for way too long, believe it or not…These chicken satay skewers are the FIRST thing I’m going to put on my grill when all this rain moves on out. I kid you not. And that ginger coconut rice?! Seriously. Yum.

  10. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Is there any more perfect meal? I vote no.

  11. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

    It’s 9 am here in Denver and I want to gobble this up!! I love these flavors!

    Also, t-minus 1 month until BlogHer!! #fistpumping

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

      Oh-snap! I’m super excited!

  12. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I love chicken satay and that rice sounds fab!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

      Thanks Laura! Me too… chicken satay, beef satay… really any satay will do just fine:)

  13. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — May 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    What a healthy and great meal!! Who wouldnt love this??

  14. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Ooo I really need this sometime soon!

  15. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Mondays are our Thai nights!! Laurie, how perfect that you posted this today. I love healthy thai food – not only eating it, but making it and smelling it as it cooks, too. This looks amazing!

  16. #
    Aggie — May 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve been craving Thai like crazy lately. This whole meal looks absolutely delicious! I just found a market near me that sells lemongrass and I’ve been wanting to find a reason to bring some home 🙂

  17. #
    Maureen@ScoopsofJoy — May 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    This looks so good almost similar to Indonesian satay with coconut milk rice 😀

  18. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 7, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I’m glad Pat was able to pick everything up! I’m not sure if Jason would have the best luck if he goes grocery shopping alone!

    Love this chicken satay btw. I haven’t had this in ages. A homemade version is definitely in order.

  19. #
    Teresa@SassySuburbanite — May 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

    You did it again! You made a recipe that I simply must try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    By the way, your pico de gallo recipe has become my staple recipe. We had it last night with fish tacos. Yum!

  20. #
    Kathryn — May 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Chicken satay always goes down well in my house and I love the idea of that rice to go with it.

  21. #
    Katie — May 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I had Thai chicken on a cruise and loved it. I will have to try this recipe out!

  22. #
    meredith in sock monkey slippers — May 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I want this tonight!

  23. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — May 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I am obsessed with this meal. I adore chicken satay and love coconut rice even more- I’m excited to try this one!

  24. #
    Brianna — May 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I was looking for health related website to review many issue. Now I’ve found your blog site with lots of amazing information. You did really excellent work. I’ll read your blog regular basis

  25. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I am in love with this dinner! The sauce, the rice, the chicken – all of it is amazing!! Pinning now – can’t wait to make it!

  26. #
    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — May 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    OMG I love satay. Cannot wait to make this!!!!! AND COCONUT RICE!!!! GAAAHHHH I’m so excited!!!

  27. #
    Lorrie — May 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    LOVE your recipes”! This one looks especially delicious!

  28. #
    Nate — May 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This looks amazing! Actually, peanut sauce is one of my favorite things, and I’m always looking for different recipes to try out. Thanks so much for putting this together!

  29. #
    Tonia — May 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Oh my goodness, I want this right now! I think my 3 year old will just love this…and momma will too!

  30. #
    a — June 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Nice post… Thanks for sharing your such a nice person!…

  31. #
    Shannon — June 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

    My GOD the chicken satay was incredible. I made it for Father’s Day and everyone raved about them. They were EXACTLY what I was looking for. A perfectly subtle flavor. I adjusted the peanut sauce – mostly just left out the garlic, cilantro, & green onions since I didn’t want it to be chunky and added extra coconut milk instead of water to thin it out slightly. I’ll definitely be making these again! I’m hoping to make the rice next time. Thanks for the spectacular recipe!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 11:08 am

      Oh I’m so glad Shannon! You are most welcome!

  32. #
    Bridget — July 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Just found your website and made this recipe. Amazingly awesome. The sauce is so good. Thanks!

    • simplyscratch replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

      Thank YOU Bridget! {nice to meet ya!}

  33. #
    nummerupplysningen — July 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hello there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll
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  34. #
    Cammie — February 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve made this rice for my family twice now, my kids loved it so much the first time they’ve consistently kept asking me to make it again. I followed your directions and made 2 cups, it was gone before I got to it so I didn’t even get to try it. The second time I made 8 cups, it was gone in an afternoon and my 3 kids were arguing over who ate the most when one of them went to have a bowl and found it gone. This weekend I’m going to try 14 cups and see if it can last longer than a day. Thanks so much for this recipe, it will definitely make it into my family cookbook that has been passed down and added to through generations.

  35. #
    Summer — March 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!! My 4 1/2 year old son (who is a bit of a picky eater) loved it. I am so happy to have stumbled upon this site.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 1:23 am

      I’m so glad Summer! I too have a picky eater so I totally get it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  36. #
    Claire — March 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I am just after making the marinade and I’m excitedly waiting for 2 hours to pass to start cooking. Your photos are great and really helped. The aromas already are amazing. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  37. #
    Claire — March 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    This recipe is a real winner. The rice is divine and goes wonderfully with all the delicious flavours of the chicken and the peanut sauce. The marinade made the chicken really succulent. The whole dish is a serious taste explosion. Can’t wait to make this for some friends.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 21st, 2016 @ 7:40 am

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that Claire! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a review!

  38. #
    Jamie — March 25, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Like it! This one looks especially delicious! Ty very much..


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