Chicken Satay Sticks: Perfect Party Appetizer

Chicken Satay or Sate sticks are a very popular starter option.

Packed with the flavours of Thailand, these Thai Chicken skewers with a spicey Thai satay dipping sauce are simple, healthy, and quick to make, and always popular with kids and grown-ups alike.

Thai chicken skewers with Thai satay peanut sauce are one of the most recognised cuisines in the world and rightly so. They work brilliantly as an appetizer, side dish, or finger food for parties. Satay is also sometimes spelt Sate, Satai, or Satti and in Thailand, you may see Satay Gai listed on a menu as gai is the Thai word for chicken.

Chicken satay refers to chicken pieces that are marinated, skewed, grilled, and served with peanut sauce. It is sumptuous, juicy and any other positive adjective that you can think of.


 The History of Chicken Satay Sticks

With the popularity that this meal now has, it is very hard to figure out its origin since everybody (who can) is claiming to be the pioneer. However, history has it that satay was influenced by the Indonesian, Malaysian, and Thai people.

Today, the Thai chicken satay recipe has spread all over the world as more people continue to enjoy this wonderful meal.

Good options to pick to make with Chicken Satay

One of the ingredients that we use when making Chicken Satay is Panang curry paste so learning how to make Panang curry is also a good idea as then you will know how to make Panang curry paste as we learn to make that when we make Panang curry.

What Does Chicken Satay Taste Like?

A well-cooked Thai chicken skewer has an amazing and juicy taste. When you dip the cooked chicken into the satay sauce that is exploding with multi-dimensional peanut flavour, the feeling is heavenly.

However, the taste of Thai chicken satay depends on the spices used both in its cooking and its marination. Either way, a standard satay gai is usually mouth-watering for anybody, unless, of course, they don’t eat chicken.

The spiciness of the meal depends on the ingredients used. You can of course get creative with this meal as long as you stick to using the recognized basic ingredients, you can add in additional chilli to satisfy your spice desires.

Where is Thai Chicken Satay Most Common?

Right now, the recipe for the Thai peanut satay can be accessed by anyone in the world. This means that the cuisine has gone global and more people are trying it every day.

This meal is very popular now in Indonesia and it is recognized as a national dish by the natives. Thailand is another country where chicken satay is readily available throughout the country often served on street stalls at the side of the road with other grilled meat snacks.

Can Thai Chicken Satay be Vegan-Friendly?

Yes, this meal is suitable for both vegans and non-vegans. The meal’s main ingredient is chicken, however, some alternatives can be used to make it vegan and vegetarian-friendly. For instance, you can cook this meal using purely vegetables and tofu. If you are making this dish as a vegan option, then there are ingredients that you can leave out or substitute which I will show you when you make this dish either in my cooking class on Koh Tao or during an online virtual cooking class.  This dish does include peanuts and so it is not suitable for people with nut allergies.


 Chicken Satay Sticks

Ingredients you will need if you are taking an online class

  • Peanut sauce
  • Red chilli paste
  • Peanuts
  • Coconut milk
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Panang curry paste


Equipment you will need to have for an online class

  • You will need either a Mortar & Pestle or a food processor
  • Frying/grill pan
  • Knife
  • Brush for applying marinade while cooking
  • Skewers are optional but are a great option if used as a finger food