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Thai Chicken Satay | Baked and Simple

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This is such a delicious and easy baked Thai chicken satay recipe! It is perfect if you don’t have a grill.  The chicken comes out moist and is super tasty with peanut sauce drizzled on it.

A white plate of 2 chicken skewers with peanut sauce drizzled on it. There is peanut sauce and more skewers in the backgroundPin

Why baked and not grilled?

Frankly, it’s because we don’t have a grill. There! I said it. No grill in the Benoit household. When we lived in California we had a grill. But when we moved back to the East coast, that was one of the things that didn’t make it into the moving truck.

Years later, when we lived in Maine, my mom got a new gas grill and gave us her old one. It only lasted a few years before the poor thing fell apart in a pile of rust.

That was our last grill.

Helpful tips

  • I use chicken tenders for this recipe, but sometimes I use cut up chicken thighs.
  • To prepare the skewers for baking, soak them in water for at least an hour before skewering the chicken.  The reason you do this is so the wood won’t burn.
  • Use that hour to marinate the chicken as well.
  • Don’t skip the fish sauce as it enhances the marinade.  You can find the sauce in the Asian section of the grocery store.
  • Marinate the chicken tenders for at least a half hour, but an hour is better.

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How to make Thai chicken satay

Step one

Gather the ingredients – chili powder, soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic paste, ginger paste, onion powder, lime and fish sauce.

Chili powder, fish sauce, garlic paste, soy sauce, ginger, lime, onion powder and maple syrup on a tablePin

Step two

Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least an hour before skewering the chicken. Also, trim the fat off the chicken and remove the tendon, if you’re using tenders. (A)

Step three

Place the chicken tenders in a gallon bag. In a small mixing bowl, add the marinade ingredients and whisk them together. Save 1/4 cup of the marinade aside to make the peanut sauce. Pour the rest of the marinade into the chicken-filled bag and seal it. Massage chicken and marinade together by gently squeezing the bag, then place the bag in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour. (B)

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Step four

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a jelly roll pan with foil.

Step five

Take each skewer and drive the wood through each chicken tender. Place each tender on a foil lined jelly roll pan and bake the Thai chicken satay for 10 – 13 minutes, depending on the oven. My chicken took 13 minutes.

Step six

If you want to dip the chicken in peanut sauce, you can find the recipe here. I also usually serve this Thai chicken satay with cucumber salad or coleslaw.

Here is the chicken fresh out of the oven. Notice the delicious sauce in the background.

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Let’s see some peanut sauce dribbled on top.

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Let’s look at it from a little closer.

Close up of the satay with peanut sauce on it. There is also a bowl of sauce and more skewers in the backgroundPin

Let’s take a bite.  Mmm, so moist and delicious.

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I hope you enjoyed this Thai chicken satay recipe!

It is so good.

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Baked Thai Chicken Satay

You don’t need a grill to make this delicious Thai chicken satay!
5 from 17 votes
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Course: Chicken
Cuisine: Poultry
Keyword: Chicken satay, Thai chicken satay
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Marinade time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
Servings: 10 Skewers
Calories: 98kcal



  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste (equivalent of 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste (equivalent of 1/2 – 1 clove of garlic, crushed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander


  • 1 pound chicken tenders


  • In a mixing bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and whisk them together.  If you are going to make the peanut sauce, set aside 1/4 cup of marinade.
    1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/8 cup maple syrup, 2 teaspoons lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste, 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • Clean the chicken tenders and place them in a gallon plastic bag.
    1 pound chicken tenders
  • Add the marinade to the bag and seal it.
  • Massage the ingredients by gently squeezing them together through the bag.
  • Place the bag in the fridge for at least a half hour, but an hour is even better.
  • While the chicken is being marinated, soak the skewers for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • 5 minutes before the oven is ready, I skewer the chicken tenders and place them on a foil lined jelly roll pan.
  • Bake them for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Grab skewer and dip chicken in peanut sauce and take a bite of the chicken.
    peanut sauce
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Nutrition information doesn’t include the peanut sauce.
Tips for making Thai Chicken Satay:
  • I use chicken tenders for this recipe, but sometimes I use cut up chicken thighs.
  • To prepare the skewers for baking, soak them in water for at least an hour before skewering the chicken.  The reason you do this is so the wood won’t burn.
  • Use that hour to marinate the chicken as well.
  • Don’t skip the fish sauce as it enhances the marinade.  You can find the sauce in the Asian section of the grocery store.
  • Marinate the chicken tenders for at least a half hour, but an hour is better.


Serving: 2skewers | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 189mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Originally published April, 2017.

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  1. This looks delicious and that marinade; yummy! I am going to have to try this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have to say, I’ve never heard of this type of chicken before. It sounds and looks delicious! P.S. Simply Organic spices are my favorites!

  3. This dish is a family favorite, my girls just devour it ~ I can’t wait to try your recipe ~ and we have moved way too many times recently, I long to settle down!

  4. Peanut sauce is my FAVORITE. I could drink it by the glassful if given the opportunity. I love chicken satay, it’s the perfect vehicle for my fave sauce.

    1. I could drink it too and hubby doesn’t think I see him sneaking spoonfuls but I do, even when I’m in the other room. I just know!!

  5. I don’t have a grill either (same moving troubles as you!) but these satays look SOOO good! It might help me forget the pleasures of grilling, if but briefly!

  6. Love it! I order chicken satay often when I get takeout and this would help me be a bit more budget-conscious! And, it’s healthier!

  7. This chicken looks great, but I’m *totally* swooning over those cucumbers – my favorite part of any Thai meal!

  8. These chicken satay skewers look so good! I love the marinade that goes on these and the peanut sauce for drizzling too.

  9. These are great as an appetizer or meal (along with a side dish or two). Love the peanut sauce. Always a hit with the family. Perfect for entertaining.

  10. This is the one thing my whole family orders when we’re out at our favorite Thai restaurant. We all LOVE it, and making it at home would be so fun. And I could drink the peanut sauce. Delicious!

    1. Thanks Valentina! I have a hard time NOT spooning the peanut sauce directly in my mouth! Hubby and I order satay out as well, we love it!

    1. Thanks Denise! I’ll take chicken satay any way they want to serve it to me!! 🙂 And yes, the sauce is scrumptious!

  11. I think chicken satay is such a comfort food meal! I love the satay sauce and could happily eat it every week.

  12. This is so perfect for me!! I don’t have a grill, and I am always so jealous of people who do! Definitely going to try making this 🙂

  13. I love chicken satay, though I’ve never made it at home and not sure why. Now I have a reason and a recipe to try. I love that it’s baked and easy too.

    1. Thanks, Anne. I think we think of satay as a treat we get at restaurants but it’s so fun to make them at home!

  14. Chicken satay is one of my favorite dishes, and this recipe looks delicious! Have you ever tried using lime leaf in your sauce ?

  15. These chicken satay sticks look like the perfect dish! I bet the kids go crazy for these with the skewers and the sauce that is drizzled on top.

  16. I rarely buy chicken tenders because I don’t have good recipes for them…. I love your idea for chicken satay and especially your marinade! Plus, peanut butter sauce is the winner!!!

  17. I’ve always been a big fan of chicken satay and since I’m without a grill right now I’m going to have to give your recipe a try!

  18. Elaine, get out of my head! I’ve been craving this for at least a week now, and I’m drooling over that peanut sauce!

  19. Love a delicious and simple chicken recipe! And really appreciate the easy to follow steps. Thanks so much for sharing :).

  20. I looove chicken satay. Satay and peanut sauce is the best thing in the world to eat. Love this simple and baked version of satay. Looks good!

  21. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I am totally crazy addicting to anything thai peanut related, so look forward to making these this weekend. I’m having friends over for a barbecue and am going to serving this as the appetizer!

  22. The recipe offers a creative twist on a classic dessert, reinventing it with unexpected ingredients or presentation that will leave a lasting impression.

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