[VIDEO] Tender-sweet chicken satay

Not the easiest cooking session, with a toddler in the kitchen who was less intent on helping and more intent on making as much mess as he possibly could with water from the sink! At least this is a very simple dish, a lovely way of tenderising meat and a favourite in this house since I first made it when Archie was around 9 months old (in the early days we tended to use leg and thigh instead of chicken breast as Archie used to prefer the texture).

It is not a classic dry grilled chicken satay. The coconut milk, which is added to the marinade and to the pan, ensures that the chicken is extremely moist and tender and the delicate “citrus” spicing makes for a fragrant and extremely moreish dish. You needn’t be too precise on the ingredients for the marinade and it will not be too adversely affected if you do not have them all or if you improvise slightly…

I served this with plain jasmine rice (cooked as per the “Indonesian Salmon” video) and simple steamed brocoli.

Tender-sweet chicken satay

Preparation time 5 minutes (plus however long you want to leave the meat marinade – that can be anything from 5 minutes to overnight!), cooking time 15 minutes.
This amply served 3 of us.

For the marinade:
2 tbsp peanut butter (I use the sugar-free one from Whole Earth).
150ml coconut milk
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
A couple of good squirts of honey
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
A 1.5cm cube of ginger, chopped
A stalk of lemongrass finely chopped (take off the tougher outer layer)

2 x large chicken breasts
Extra coconut milk to add to the pan when cooking the chicken
200g jasmine rice
A head of broccoli, steamed

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips. Mix all the marinade ingredients well together in a bowl, add the chicken and leave to marinade in the fridge.
  2. When you are ready to cook the meal, prepare the rice and broccoli. Once the rice is ready, cover it with a kitchen cloth and leave until you are ready to serve. Take the broccoli off the heat and leave that too until ready to serve.
  3. Heat up your pan to a high heat and add some oil. Pour in the chicken. The marinade is quite sticky and will immediately start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Just keep scraping it up as you turn the chicken and these little bits really add to the flavour of the finished dish!
  4. After a couple of minutes, add some more coconut oil to the pan, to keep the chicken nice and moist. It will immediately bubble up and the chicken will take on a creamier consistency. You are not looking for a sauce consistency, more a thick moist coating for the chicken. Feel free to add some more milk as it gets absorbed into the chicken.
  5. The chicken is cooked after 4-5 minutes (check it is thoroughly cooked through) and ready to be served immediately with the rice and broccoli.


  1. I love the sous-chef x

  2. Archie steals the show as usual! Can't wait to try this one – hoping your magic touch will work the same on Rosie's loathing of chicken as it did with the sticky salmon.

  3. forget the children.. just had this with my husband for our NY dinner. It was superb :) Nick – the limes aren't listed in your ingredients, so when I looked at the video moments before cooking I feared the worst. But lemons, it turns out, are just fine too. We'll try limes when we make it for our small ones (for it WILL be made again, within a couple of weeks, I reckon).
    thank you thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • My word, talk about pressure!! Cooking one of my recipes on NYE! Great to hear it went down so well. And thanks for pointing out the lime omission, I will have to rectify that. I hope the little ones enjoy it as much as you two did – I am sure they will!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and of course, wishing you and your family a great 2010 too!!

  4. Fab, my fave video yet !!! I will try the recipe in the next few days but sure it will be a success, they are all so easy, you have turned me into a cook, thankyou !!!

  5. Hi, Do you know if i can i make this for my 8 month baby? Just because there is peanut butter and honey in the marinade. he doesn't have any allergies (not that we kno of yet) so its manly the honey i'm asking about. Also do u think i can freeze it?

    i'm a vegetarian so always looking for simple meat dishes to make for him. the best ones are the kind where i dont have to touch meat and i figure if i buy cut up bits of chicken already and use tongs this reciepe sounds ideal!!


    • Hi Rosa, we actually didin't worry about most things when it came to what we could and could not give – but we DID wait until Archie was a year old before giving him honey as, apparently, the dangerous germ in honey doesn't get killed when cooking. I reckon you can easily replace the honey here with a little golden syrup or some soft brown sugar. This can definitely freeze, I have done it myself… I hope that helps and that your son enjoys this!

  6. Hey, We started BLW when our Maisie reached 7-months and resolutely refused to spoon feed (I didn't know babies could be so strong-willed). I can honestly say that for a further 3-months I don't think she ate anything, just chewed and spat (the cat benefited most from my long hours in the kitchen). She's just reached 10-months and has started to eat (the cat is gutted). Anyway, we tried your satay chicken this evening and it was a complete hit – I was gutted…..I wanted to eat it all (although deep down I'm pleased that my little minx has FINALLY got the idea!) – thanks very much to you and Archie, we're trying the squash soup tomorrow x

    • What a lovely comment, thanks. Sorry to hear about the cat, I trust that you will ensure that you now make extra for him too! It sounds like you really "held your nerve" with your daughter's eating and trusted her to know when she was ready to eat more. That is such a great thing to let her do, I really believe it. And I know that feeling of things we love being scoffed by the little ones. I literally couldn't believe how he wolfed up 30 month aged parmesan, for example – one of my real pleasures and now I have to SHARE it! Prawns are another thing, particularly king prawns. It was tough enough sharing with my wife in a Chinese restaurant, now neither of us get a look in! Of course we love it really and there is no greater pleasure than a kid enjoying the same food with his parents. I am so glad the satay was a hit. I think Archie really started to "get" meat around 9-10 months too so Maisie sounds like she is going at a similar pace. Thanks again for posting that comment, it is comments like this which motivate me when I am editing at 3 in the morning! All the best, Nick

  7. did this dish last night & it was a winner !!! Maisie absolutely loved it, thankyou, the best so far.

  8. So well directed, this!
    Great stuff…

  9. I’m a nanny and I am always looking for easy, healthy recipes to feed Lucas and his friends. There are some great ideas on here thanks! I’ll be trying the cheesy and veg muffins later. x
    ps Archie is hilarious!

  10. Love this one – was just beginning to run out of ideas for the huge quantities of special offer chicken sitting in my freezer! So that's supper tomorrow sorted, thanks Nick! xx

    • Hi Kelly, lovely to see you on here!! Hope Little Miss enjoys the satay!! 😉 xx

  11. I've been searching for a good satay recipe to cook for my hubby who has a bit of a thing for it. I've definately found it!! This is DELCIOUS! The boys were meant to get leftovers the day after, but there was none left!!!!!! This is going to become a regular in our house. Just 2 quick things…any tips on where to get the coconut milk? Our Tesco had the AMOY one and it was £1.93 (shocked face). Is it always that expensive? Also, without sounding like a nagging follower…the lime is still missing from the ingredients list. Thanks Nick, keep up the good work. Your late night editing is very much appreciated in our household by both the adults and children!

  12. Made this last night and loved it, but one question – somehow the marinade curdled on me! Still delicious, but I have no idea how or why? Wondering if you have any ideas? Cheers Nic! x

  13. MMMMMMMMMM! This was such a popular dinner last night I was asked to cook it again for supper! First time that has ever happened! Was fantastic and so easy! Thanks so much.

    • Wow that is so great to hear!! Thanks for coming back to tell me. I hope it is as good second time round!!

  14. Just made this for the 2nd time, was excellent again, thank you. My 14 month old isn’t usually keen on meat at the mo but happily scoffed down the chicken, think this dish could be one of her faves! The lime is still missing from the ingredients list though…


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