Inspired by a traditional Thai dish, this Chicken Stir Fry with Satay Marinade is an easy, flavorful recipe perfect for enjoying with rice or other grains.
My tween and teenage years were a formative time for my tastebuds. I was mostly an adventurous eater, but it was travel and the influence of friends’ parents that really expanded my eating repertoire. From green salsas to pork rinds to making your own tortillas, I learned a lot about food during that time.
That’s also when I discovered the comforting joy of Aglio e Olio, the amazement that is Saganaki (Greek flaming cheese) and the ease of making flavorful chicken satay.
Satay is marinated chicken strips — usually tenders — that are cooked on skewers and served with a peanut dipping sauce. They are so delightful and can be eaten hot or cold.
But while I love traditional chicken satay, I’ve found that the peanut-soy marinade makes the chicken irresistible even when I don’t skewer the chicken (see Satay-Style Chicken for that recipe). It’s also delightful on other proteins, like in my Shrimp Satay appetizer.
But that’s not all. It can also transform an ordinary chicken stir fry into something unforgettable.
In this recipe for Chicken Stir Fry with Satay Marinade, pieces of chicken are marinated and then cooked in a skillet to perfection. Juicy and tender, the chicken is removed from the skillet so fresh veggies can be stir-fried to crisp-tenderness. Then, finally, it’s all mixed together and served with a drizzle of peanut dipping sauce and a sprinkle of chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro.
All told, this is a big, bold, flavorful dish that’s fantastic with rice, farro, quinoa and other grains.
I adore this version of chicken satay because it’s filled with veggies and adorned with all the fixings of a good satay. As a chicken stir fry, it’s perfect for dinner but it can also be a satisfying make-ahead lunch as well.
Why not add this fresh chicken stir fry recipe to your meal plan for this week?
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- ⅓ cup soy sauce, plus 2 tbsp, divided
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter, plus 2 tbsp, divided
- ¼ tsp hot sauce
- 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups cut vegetables, such as snow peas, red peppers and carrots
- 2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tbsp chopped peanuts
- In a large bowl, whisk together the canola oil, ⅓ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup peanut butter and hot sauce until smooth. Be patient, this will take a few minutes but it will be fully combined when you are done. Add the pieces of chicken breast and stir to coat. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour (this can marinate all day, if desired).
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Once the pan is all warmed up, add the chicken, discarding any excess marinade. Cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken back to the pan and toss well. Let cook for an additional 1 minute, then remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, peanut butter, seasoned rice vinegar and ground ginger until smooth.
- To serve: arrange chicken and vegetables on a platter and drizzle with prepared sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. This can be served over rice, rice noodles or other grains.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 64mg Sodium: 441mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 30g
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.