Special Thai Chicken Satay

January 26, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Special Thai Chicken Satay

The Special Thai Chicken Satay is a highly flavorful and popular dish in South East Asia, known for its delicious taste and unique marinade. The chicken breast is sliced or cubed and marinated overnight with a blend of ingredients including brown sugar, 5 spice powder, curry powder (or curry paste), cumin, minced garlic, turmeric, coconut milk, and fish sauce. This marinade imparts a rich and aromatic flavor profile to the chicken, ensuring a delectable and tender result when cooked.

The dish is complemented by a refreshing Vegetable Pickle, featuring cucumber slices, shallots, Thai chili, vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. This pickle provides a tangy and crunchy contrast to the succulent chicken satay, offering a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.

Additionally, a separate Vegetable Pickle is prepared with cucumbers, carrots, Nampa cabbage, regular cabbage, garlic cloves, salt, sliced ginger, jalapeño pepper, sugar, vinegar, and fish sauce. This pickle offers a medley of crisp and vibrant vegetables, infused with the bold flavors of ginger, garlic, and chili, creating a delightful accompaniment to the satay.

To prepare the dish, the marinated chicken is grilled over medium heat for approximately 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. An optional additional sauce can be made for basting during the final stages of grilling, enhancing the flavor even further.

The Special Thai Chicken Satay is best served with rice, providing a satisfying and complete meal. The combination of tender chicken with the aromatic marinade, along with the tangy vegetable pickles, results in a dish that is both delicious and visually appealing, making it a perfect choice for a special occasion or family gathering.


1 lb (900 gram) of chicken breast slice or cube
1 tablespoon of brown sugar or less
1/4 teaspoon of 5 spice powder
1 teaspoon of curry powder or red or yellow curry paste
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 tablespoon of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
Bamboo skewer soaked in water for 30 minutes.

Pickle Cucumber

1 cucumber sliced about
2 small shallots sliced.
1 Thai chili
1/3 cup of vinegar
1/3 cup of water
1/4 cup of sugar or less up to you
1 teaspoon of salt
Mix the entire ingredients together chill for an hour, and serve.

Vegetable Pickle

4 Cucumbers
5 Carrots
1 small Nampa cabbage (about 2 cups)
1/2 Cabbage
6 Garlic cloves
1 tablespoon of salt
3 tablespoon of sliced ginger
1 Jalapeno Pepper
1/4 cup of sugar + 2 tablespoon
1/2 cup of vinegar
1/4 cup of fish sauce
Mix all ingredients together, chill for an hour, and serve.

Directions to make Special Thai Chicken Satay

  1. Mix everything together in a bowl and marinade the chicken for 3 hours.
  2. Grill the chicken over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until done.
  3. You can make extra sauce for basting when the chicken is almost done. That will give more flavor.

Serve with rice


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 590

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏63g 23%
Cholesterol ‏145mg 48%
Total Fat ‏14g 18%
Saturated Fat ‏7g 35%
Dietary Fiber ‏7g 25%
Protein ‏53g 106%
Sodium ‏935mg 41%
Sugars ‏42g 84%


30 min


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