With football season (and the end of baseball season for us Toronto Blue Jays fans) in full gear, it’s handy to have a few recipes to prepare for game days. Chicken satay is easy to make and the perfect meal for eating in front of the TV as you can serve it on sticks.
I love chicken satay, but the traditional method of preparing this popular Thai recipe involves using peanut butter. I try and avoid peanut butter ever since I read that peanuts are susceptible to a mold that produces aflatoxin, a known carcinogen. Since peanuts are actually not nuts, but legumes that grow under the ground, they do not have the protective shell to prevent them from moisture, which encourages the growth of mold.
Almonds (and almond butter, which is made of ground almonds) contain the healthy monounsaturated fat that is beneficial to the heart. Almonds are welcome on both the Keto and Paleo diets. In fact, one tablespoon of almond butter contains 3.4g of protein, as well as 1.6g of fibre.
My chicken satay with almond butter sauce recipe has a delicious marinade that is fairly easy to prepare. You don’t have to marinade all day…just make sure you have the chicken marinading at least two hours before game start time. This marinade is so good that you can eat the chicken once it’s been grilled without even making the almond butter sauce!
I hope you enjoy my version of chicken satay with almond butter sauce. Let me know in the comment section if you try it.
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Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Sauce: Recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut milk I used organic coconut milk. You can use light coconut milk if you prefer.
- 4 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 Tablespoons almond butter
- 2 Tablespoons coconut milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon hot chile sauce
- Slice washed chicken breasts into one inch strips.
- To prepare marinade, add coconut milk, 3 teaspoons of lime juice, 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce, 2 teaspoons of grated ginger, 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder into a small bowl and stir to combine ingredients.
- Carefully pour marinade into a large ziplock plastic bag. Add chicken strips to bag and place in fridge for 2 hours.
- Remove bag of chicken from fridge and remove chicken from marinade. Grill chicken on indoor grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of almond butter, 1/4 cup of water and 12 teaspoon of hot chile sauce and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute and add 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
- Thread chicken onto skewers and serve with almond butter sauce.
Wow this looks and sounds delicious and best of all healthy. This is going on my to-try list. Thanks for sharing this recipe
The almond butter sauce sounds incredible. I don’t eat meat, but I could definitely see myself making a tofu option and still using that dipping sauce. I’m going to have to give it a try as we start buckling down for our annual horror movie marathons. Sept/Oct is all about scary movies and finger food in our house!
Whilst I am yet to try almond butter out of pure nerves (I am super picky 😂), I DO *love* chicken satay! We have it at least once a week at my place – and this looks super delicious 😋 Considering I always have a supermarket store’s stock worth of coconut milk at home, I should really try to make this. People really do rave about almond butter, so I should see what they’re on about at some point!
I love satay sauce so much! We tend to have ours on veggies rather than chicken (we don’t eat meat) but I love the flavour so much! I’ve never thought of using almond butter for satay sauce before, but I’ll definitely consider it in the future.
Wow! This looks really delicious. It has been a while since I had chicken satay and your post made me crave for one. Love that it features almond butter sauce instead of the usual peanut sauce. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Would love to try this.
Thanks! I also hadn’t had chicken satay in a while. I hope you get a chance to try it. Cheers, Lori
Peanuts do indeed have a shell!!! It’s just not as tough as a real “nut”. Hence the term “a real tough nut to crack”. All that said, I love almond butter. But the water cost of producing almonds makes it not very environmentally friendly. It’s a matter of choosing your battle I guess.
That’s a good point about the water cost of producing almonds! For me, I don’t like eating peanuts because of the mold issue so that’s why I chose almonds. Cheers, Lori
Oh, almond butter sauce! That’s new. I like that and I’m sure it tastes delicious. I’d love to try it. Well done!
looks pretty tempting! I would love to grab a bite of it right now. very nice!
Thanks! It’s pretty easy to make! Cheers, Lori
Love how you added chili sauce to your almond butter sauce to give this Chicken satay some kick! Do you prefer Sambal Oelek or just plain Siracha? Either way, I think this recipe looks amazing and that sauce is perfect for dinner. Plus, this is a really healthy alternative for those looking to eat clean while having a bit of flavor!
Thanks! I haven’t tried Sambal Oelek; I just used plain Siracha. Yes, I think it’s healthier for people who don’t like to include peanuts in their diet. Cheers, Lori
Thank you for sharing, almond butter sauce sounds so rich!
It’s probably about as rich as the traditional peanut butter sauce! Cheers, Lori
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