Thai-Style Vegan Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Salad

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This can be made with faux chicken or real chicken, or beef strips or seafood (like shrimp of chunks of a meaty fish) but it is really good this vegan way.  I always use Beyond Meat (seen above) because it is the best I have found.  The chicken even shreds like real chicken.  It is pretty versatile stuff, too, and can be used in warm dishes or in cold ones – like chicken salad – as I did in my Cool Vegan Cashew & Cranberry Chicken Salad Tacos with Avocado (below)


or my Vegan Horseradish Chicken Salad with Pecans and Jalapeno Potato Salad in Baked Wonton Cups (below)


or my Vegan Chicken Salad Wraps (below).

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Anyway – today, I made little satay skewers.  Skewers are not really necessary.  You can just cook the strips up on a grill pan or in a frying pan.  This satay goes really well over rice – drizzled with the sauce – for a more substantial meal.  The cucumber salad is the easiest thing EVER & really puts this recipe over the top – so I strongly encourage you to try it.

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Thai-Style Vegan Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce & Cucumber Salad

Serves 2 as an appetizer – or as a main course over rice


9 oz vegan chicken (or whatever you are making satay from)

olive oil

for the satay marinade

2 garlic cloves – chopped fine

2 Thai bird chilis (or 2 serrano peppers, or 1 jalapeño pepper) – seeded & minced

Juice of 1 lime

2 medium shallots – minced

1 TBS soy sauce or tamari (or fish sauce – if you are not vegan)

1/4 cup cilantro – chopped (optional)

1 tsp curry powder (optional)

1 tsp turmeric (optional)


for the cucumber salad

1/4 cup cucumber – thinly sliced

1/4 cup shallots – thinly sliced

2 Thai bird chilis (or 2 serrano peppers, or 1 jalapeño pepper) – seeded & minced

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar


for the peanut sauce

3/4 cup lite coconut milk

4 TBS peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

1 TBS chili paste or sriracha

1 TBS sugar

1 tsp soy sauce or tamari (or fish sauce – if you are not vegan)

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp white vinegar

1/4 cup cilantro – chopped (optional)


GARNISH IDEAS – cooked rice, lettuce leaves, cilantro, lime wedges, chopped peanuts

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for the satay marinade

Mix the marinade ingredients & marinate the chicken in the fridge for an hour or so – or more.  Mine sat overnight in the fridge.  I just use the bag the chicken came in to marinate it.

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for the cucumber salad

Mix the water, vinegar & sugar & whisk until the sugar dissolves.  Add the chili peppers, cucumber & shallots.  Stir & store in the fridge until you need it.

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for the peanut sauce

Whisk or shake all the ingredients together.  Taste & add more peanut butter – if you fancy – or more chili paste.  Your call.

for the skewers

Skewer the chicken – if you have a grill pan.  It might be tough to use skewers in a frying pan.  I only stuck the skewers in an inch or so & cut them short with scissors.

Put 1-2 TBS olive oil in a frying pan or spray your grill pan with cooking spray.  Heat on high until the chicken begins to brown (turning a few times) and when the chicken is heated through (or your real meat is cooked) – serve it – either over rice or as an appetizer –  garnished with the peanut sauce & cucumber salad & any other garnish you choose.  Devour!

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