If you’ve been craving smoky chicken satay slathered in a creamy peanut sauce while on your Whole30, I’ve got something right up your alley: this lip-smacking no-nut version of the real deal!

An overhead shot of Chicken Satay and Hoisin No-Nut Sauce along with some sliced cucumbers and cauliflower rice.

These delicious paleo chicken satay skewers are a simple and tasty Whole30-friendly weeknight meal that you can cook indoors or out. Got leftover Paleo Hoisin Sauce after making Moo Shu Pork? Then use it to make Hoisin No-Nut Sauce—it’s to die for!

A collage of the cooking steps to make Paleo Chicken Satay.

What is satay?

Satay is a southeast Asian dish that consists of seasoned grilled meat on skewers that’s typically served with a soy- and peanut-based dipping sauce. Although the dish originated in Indonesia, you can find it on the menus at Thai, Malaysian, and Singaporean restaurants.

Do you have to serve satay with a dipping sauce?

Of course not! These skewers are well-seasoned and don’t require a sauce. Sure, I prefer to slather them with Hoisin No-Nut Sauce, but whenever I don’t have leftover Paleo Hoisin Sauce on hand, I just skip the sauce. By the way, if you want a fiery dipping sauce, I have a Spicy Thai No-Nut Sauce recipe on page 58 of our Ready or Not! cookbook. (There’s also another tasty variation of chicken satay on that page as well!)

Two smiling boys biting into paleo chicken satay skewers.

Can I use other proteins?

Yes! Feel free to substitute chicken thighs, beef, pork, goat, or whatever meat you prefer. You can’t go wrong with grilled meat on a stick!

How do I make this ahead of time?

You can marinate the meat up to 12 hours in advance, and the sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance—just be sure to store both in sealed containers in the fridge.

What’s the best way to save leftovers?

Keep any leftover cooked skewers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can quickly reheat them in a hot skillet or in a 350°F oven for a few minutes. (Me? I like to eat them cold right out of the fridge.)

What side dishes do I serve with chicken satay?

Don’t overthink it! Just serve these skewers up alongside a crisp green salad. I also love to serve them with Asian Cauliflower Fried “Rice”, Simple Cauliflower “Rice”, and Smashed Cucumber and Carrot Salad.

Let’s grill some Chicken Satay!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Hoisin No-Nut Sauce

Equipment:

Method:

Slice the chicken breasts into ½-inch strips and place in a large bowl.

Slicing raw chicken breast into 1/2-inch strips.

Combine the coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, date, garlic, fish sauce, and turmeric in a high speed blender…

A shot of a woman making the paleo chicken satay marinade in a Vitamix.

…and blitz until smooth.

An overhead shot of the finished bright orange chicken satay marinade in the blender.

Pour the marinade over the chicken strips and mix well.

Pouring the marinade over the chicken strips and mixing everything with bare hands.

Cover the chicken and marinate in the fridge for up to 12 hours. Usually, I just let the chicken hang out in the fridge while I’m preparing my side dishes for dinner. 

Covering the bowl of marinated chicken with a green silicone lid.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, grab some soaked wooden skewers. Using one strip of chicken at a time, carefully skewer the meat in an accordion-like fashion. Depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the length of the skewer, you might have two to four pieces threaded tightly on a skewer. 

Showing the steps on how to properly skewer the marinated chicken strips onto a wooden skewer. The meat is tightly packed, like an accordion on the skewer.

Now, you can choose how you want to cook the skewers: on the grill or in the oven. If you’re cooking the skewers on a grill, set the grill to high heat. When it’s nice and hot, clean the grill and brush the grates with a high smoke point fat (e.g., ghee, avocado oil, etc.)  Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. 

Grilling the chicken satay on a gas grill. The final chicken satay has brown grill marks on it.

If you choose to roast them in the oven, heat the oven to 400°F convection or 425°F (no convection). Place the skewers on a rimmed baking sheet and cook them in the hot oven for 10 minutes or until cooked through, flipping the skewers over at the halfway point. Broil for an additional 2 minutes if you want some more color.

Placing the raw chicken satay skewers on a rimmed baking sheet before baking in the oven.

Time to make the Hoisin No-Nut Sauce! Dump the hoisin sauce, sunbutter, water, and rice vinegar into a blender and blitz until smooth. You can add a smidge more water if you like a thinner sauce.

An overhead shot of the Hoisin No-Nut Sauce in the blender. The final sauce is thick, like runny peanut butter.

Slather the sauce on the chicken satay and chow down!

Someone spooning Hoisin No-Nut Sauce on Chicken Satay skewers.


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2021).


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Chicken Satay

4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Marinating time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings 4 people
If you’ve been craving smoky chicken satay slathered in a creamy peanut sauce on your Whole30, I’ve got you covered with this lip-smacking no-nut version that’ll knock your socks off! These delicious paleo chicken satay skewers are a quick and easy Whole30-friendly weeknight meal that you can cook indoors or out. 

Ingredients 
 

Chicken Satay

Hoisin No-Nut Sauce

Instructions 

Chicken Satay

  • Slice the chicken breasts into ½-inch strips and place in a large bowl.
  • Combine the coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, date, garlic, fish sauce, and turmeric in a high speed blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken strips and mix well. Cover the chicken and marinate in the fridge for up to 12 hours. Usually, I just let the chicken hang out in the fridge while I’m preparing my side dishes for dinner.
  • When you’re ready to cook the chicken, grab some soaked wooden skewers. Using one strip of chicken at a time, carefully skewer the meat in an accordion-like fashion. Depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the length of the skewer, you might have two to four pieces threaded tightly on a skewer. 
  • Now, you can choose how you want to cook the skewers: on the grill or in the oven. If you’re cooking the skewers on a grill, set the grill to high heat. When it’s nice and hot, clean the grill and brush the grates with a high smoke point fat (e.g., ghee, avocado oil, etc.) Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. 
  • If you choose to roast them in the oven, heat the oven to 400°F convection or 425°F (no convection). Place the skewers on a rimmed baking sheet and cook them in the hot oven for 10 minutes or until cooked through, flipping the skewers over at the halfway point. Broil for an additional 2 minutes if you want some more color.

Hoisin No-Nut Sauce

  • Time to make the Hoisin No-Nut Sauce! Dump the hoisin sauce, sunbutter, water, and rice vinegar into a blender and blitz until smooth. You can add a smidge more water if you like a thinner sauce.
  • Slather the sauce on the chicken satay and chow down!

Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 19g | Fiber: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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10 Comments

  1. Oh my god! I’ve made this a few times and it is amazing! I like to make a double batch of the sauce because it’s so good!

  2. I am wondering if I can double or triple the marinade recipe and freeze it in portions. The vitamix doesn’t do as well with small amounts, imho. Or can an immersion blender make it through the date and garlic to make it smooth?

  3. Hi Michelle and fellow Nom-sters: If I have hoisin sauce and peanut butter in my house that I’m trying to use up, can I use them in the sauce recipe at the same quantities? (1/4 cup for both)
    I’m assuming yes? Thanks in advance – can’t wait to try this. Chicken satay is one of my favorites.

  4. Hi! This looks amazing! I was wondering if almond butter would be a good substitute for the sauce or if the flavor would be too different? Looking forward to trying this! Thanks for your help 🙂

  5. Hi Michelle,

    I follow the autoimmune protocol. Do you have any suggestions for replacing the Thai Red Curry Sauce or if I left it out would it still be flavorful enough? I’m sorry…I know it won’t taste the same without it and it’s a pain when people ask for substitutions.

  6. 5 stars
    Awesome flavors that really come together, and yet so easy. I have a feeling we’ll be making this frequently for my 10 year old!