Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy…perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve ’em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard!  Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

We have a great butcher shop here in our town. He’s my go-to source whenever I need a good steak or brisket or pork shoulder. He also has great sales – the only catch is the sale items are on Wednesday only, and only while supplies last. Last week, he had boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale. Our freezer stash of chicken was getting low, so I grabbed 10 pounds (yes, 10 pounds!) of chicken to restock.

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

Back home, we divided those chicken breasts into 1-pound packages for easy weeknight cooking. Somewhere in that process, I decided to leave a package of chicken breasts out for grilling that night. The only question – how should I marinate that chicken for the grill?

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

We also happened to have leftover filling from a batch of these Thai Peanut Wraps that I’d made for lunches last week. That’s when it hit me – I should marinate that grilled chicken and use it with the leftover peanut sauce. Done!

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

Those Thai Peanut Wraps have been one of the most popular recipes on this site for years, and for good reason! They’re simple and delicious. And now that I’ve grilled up a batch of these Thai Chicken Skewers, I’m thinking it might be fun to incorporate grilled chicken into those wraps in the future.

This time, we served the marinated, grilled chicken over white rice and drizzled the peanut sauce on top. Fantastic! This recipe is absolutely going into our regular weeknight rotation. The peanut sauce and chicken can both be prepped the night before. Just marinate the chicken overnight, and the next evening thread it onto skewers while the grill preheats. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time at all!

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

I also highly recommend adding some chopped, salted peanuts on top of these Thai Chicken Skewers before serving. The additional crunch from the peanuts adds a fun – and delicious – twist to the plate.

I hope you add this recipe to your list of summer grilling plans! It’s a great way to mix things up a bit. Happy grilling!

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

Did you make these Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’ve love to see your version!

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy…perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 404kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
  • salted peanuts chopped
  • fresh cilantro chopped

For the Peanut Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

For the Chicken

  • Using a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except for chicken breasts, peanuts and cilantro.
  • Place chicken breasts in a large glass baking dish (or ziptop plastic bag). Add marinade, turning several times to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate chicken for at least 4 hours (or up to 24 hours).
  • Preheat grill to medium-high (~375°F).
  • Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto skewers. (Note: If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 30 minutes first.)
  • Place skewers on grill and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning occasionally, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Remove skewers from grill and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and cilantro.
  • Serve with peanut sauce for dipping.

For the Peanut Sauce

  • Using a small mixing bowl, add rice vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, honey and garlic; whisk until well combined.
  • Add the peanut butter, salt and red pepper flakes; whisk until smooth.
These Thai Chicken Skewers are flavor-packed and easy...perfect for summer grilling in the backyard! Serve 'em up with an Easy Peanut Sauce for maximum taste!

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17 Comments

  1. cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms i never had thai chicken skewers with peanut sauce before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

      1. Yes! I think you could absolutely use tofu for this recipe, Ramya – the flavor would be fantastic. Let me know how it turns out!

    1. Oh, you should totally try skewers like this at home, Frank. They really are quite simple, and they’re delicious! I have no issues with the classics like hamburgers and hot dogs, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit!

  2. 5 stars
    My mouth is literally watering looking at these chicken skewers, David! So tender and flavorful and that silky peanut sauce pushes them to a whole new level. These will be happening soon at our house!

    1. Thanks so much, Marissa! I do love that peanut sauce – we’ve used that in a bunch of different ways. As a drizzling sauce on top of this grilled chicken was pretty tasty for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    You’ve got craving now with these chicken skewers! And that sauce has that delicious tang and creaminess! Yum!

    1. That sauce takes this recipe to a whole new level, Michelle! I do enjoy the grilled chicken by itself, but the sauce is the shining star of this recipe for sure. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    10 pounds of boneless chicken do not sound insane indeed (Daisy can confirm!) – we always buy chicken at the warehouse, divide between packages, and freeze. It’s simply the cheapest option for meat products, and you always have some in the freezer. Now, this chicken looks phenomenal and ultra delicious. Of course I’ve had the combination of chicken and peanuts before, but not as skewers plus sauce. Great idea!

    1. That’s exactly what we do, too, Ben! As long as you have freezer space, it’s the most economical option. We just got settled into the new house here in Asheville, and we hit up the local warehouse store to restock chicken, ground beef, bacon, etc. I’m thinking I should use some of that chicken to make another round of these skewers!

    1. That marinade is so easy, Mimi – and the chicken turns out flavorful and juicy. I’m thinking about making another batch this week except I’ll probably grill the chicken breasts whole instead of cut ’em into skewers. It’s a great summer meal!

    1. Yes! This is very similar to a chicken satay – in fact, that might be a fun way to mix this one up next time I make it. Great idea, Raymund!

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