Delicious Chicken Satay and Chinese Pickled Vegetables Recipe

Delicious Chicken Satay Recipe
Delicious Chicken Satay Recipe. Chris Radley
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Marinade: 60 mins
  • Yield: 20-24 Satay (20-24 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
94 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20-24 Satay (20-24 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 94
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 6g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken satay are one of my favourite appertizers in Asian cuisine. Chicken satay originates from Indonesia and it’s not even a Chinese food. However it’s very popular in Chinese takeaways and you can see chicken satay on almost every Chinese takeaway menu in the UK.

I use Chinese white sesame paste as one of the main ingredients to marinade chicken satay but you can also replace it with tahini sauce or even smooth peanut butter (please note, use smooth peanut butter and not the type that contains chunks of peanuts).

I also use Chinese barbeque sauce (Shacha BBQ sauce 沙茶醬) for marinade. This Chinese barbeque sauce is a famous condiment or paste in South East China and also Taiwan. It is made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish and dried shrimp. It taste savory, spicy and pungent.

Chinese and Taiwanese people usually use this sauce as a dipping sauce for hot pots as well as a rub for barbequed meats, seasoning for soups with and without noodles and also stir-fry dishes. You should be able to purchase Shacha bbq sauce in almost every Chinese supermarket on the condiment or sauce shelf. After you have opened this sauce make sure you keep it in your refrigerator.

You can use chicken breast or chicken thigh fillet for this recipe, it’s up to you. If you use chicken thigh fillet cut them into dice. This will make it easier for you to bbq or char grill them.

I usually marinade the chicken satay overnight for a better taste. You can prepare this chicken satay ahead and in large quantities for your bbq party. Make sure use soak the bamboo skewers or wood skewers before you bbq the satay. This will prevent the skewers from burning during cooking.

I also make some pickled vegetables to go with this chicken satay as the sweet and sour flavour of pickled vegetables will really fulfil your appetite during the summer time. You can serve the pickled vegetables on the side of your chicken satay or even mix the pickled vegetables with some salad leave to become a summer pickled vegetable salad.


  • For the Chicken Satay:
  • 450 grams chicken breast
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon demerara sugar
  • 2 teaspoon s Chinese barbeque sauce (沙茶醬)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon spring onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • For the Pickled Vegetables:
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorn
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 200 milliliters rice vinegar
  • 200 milliliters water
  • 180 grams sugar
  • 2 to 3 banana shallots
  • 3 to 4 radishes
  • 1 carrot

Steps to Make It

To Make the Chicken Satay

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Slice chicken breast into “strips” around 1cm thick

  3. Marinade chicken breast with all of the seasonings and store in a fridge for at least 1 hour.

  4. Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Skewer the chicken breast and char grill or barbeque the satay until it’s cooked. Ready to serve.

To Make the Pickled Vegetables

  1. Peel the shallots and carrots.

  2. Slice the shallots and radish in thin slices. Shred the carrots.

  3. Boil all the seasonings from Sichuan pepper to the sugar in a saucepan.

  4. After the seasonings have boiled turn off the fire and add all of the vegetables. Leave it aside to cool down.

  5. The dish is now ready to serve. You can mix this pickled vegetable with some salad leaves or just serve on top of the salad leaves.