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Malaysian Spicy Satays & Peanut Sauce

We all have unexpected guests at some time or the other. A friend dropping in to say hello, the husband who invites his buddies for a drink or just your kid’s friends for their usual hangout at your place.

The first reaction is to go into panic mode and wonder what you are going to serve them to eat?  Well here is something that you could put together fairly easily. Chicken breast meat is something one usually has in the freezer and this comes to good use in this recipe.

These Malaysian Satay sticks are rife with flavors of Soy, brown sugar and spices .Chicken satay is very popular as street food in Malaysia & Singapore. Most often eaten as an appetizer or you may even choose to serve these as a part of your main meal.

We made these  for the Adult appetizer workshop @ Cookingwithshy last week. And of course satay is never complete without a nutty and flavorful peanut sauce.

Go ahead and follow this recipe and your guest’s won’t be disappointed.


  • 500 grams boneless chicken (Thigh/ Breast)
  • ½ onion (minced)
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (optional)


  1. Wash and pat dry the chicken.
  2. Cut the chicken into thin 1 inch strips.
  3. Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least an hour
  4. Blend the onion in a food processor.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the onions and blend well.
  6. Marinate the chicken in the above mixture for at least half an hour.
  7. Thread the chicken onto the skewers.
  8. Add a little bit of sesame oil to a pan and heat it.
  9. Pan fry the chicken till it is cooked and browned (inside should be pink at all)
  10. Serve as a starter with Peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce


  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1 Thai red chili (chopped finely)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder


  1. Grind the peanuts in a food processor and keep aside.
  2. Blend all the ingredients under spice paste.
  3. Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the spice paste for a few minutes.
  4. Add in the ground peanuts, water, soy sauce and sugar and stir well.
  5. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until the sauce is smooth in consistency.
  6. Serve at room temperature.
  7. For a tangy flavor add juice of half a lemon and mix well.


  1. It was great to finally meet you Shy!
    I’m glad I passed by yesterday to meet everyone!

    This recipe looks delicious!
    I better try it soon!

  2. And Likewise Arwa…thanks for visiting my blog.I do hope to seeing everyone more often…You have a great blog as well…stay inspired:))

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