Minced Chicken Satay with Chili Coconut Spice Sauce

Minced Chicken Satay with Chili Coconut Spice Sauce

Sunny days and long evenings make an ideal time to get together with family and friends for a BBQ dinner or relaxing pool party. When the weather is warm and the days are long, nobody feels like going into a lot of trouble, so I am bringing you another delicious and simple dish from my backyard to yours. Chicken skewers are all too often dry and flavorless, but this chill coconut spice sauce ensures this chicken satay is anything but. The Chili Coconut Spice Sauce adds a wonderful favor to the chicken satay. I also used it as a dipping sauce instead of traditional peanut sauce. Don’t  be intimidated by the laundry list of ingredients! Most of this recipe itself calls for throwing everything into a blender and blending away. So the next time you have guests over, why not treat them to some really yummy and easy to make, chicken satay! I am bringing these delicious Chicken Satay over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday. This week Fiesta Friday is co-hosted by Prudy @ Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs and Jes @ Cooking Is My Sport. Enjoy!!!

Minced Chicken Satay with Chili Coconut Spice Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • 8-10 stalks fresh lemongrass stalks or wood or metal skewers

Chili Coconut Spice Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, tender white inner bulbs only, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1-2 fresh red or green jalapeño chili, seeded and chopped ( or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked dried coconut
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon agave nectar


  1. To make Chili Coconut Spice Sauce: Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet with the shallots, garlic, lemongrass, ginger and chilies; cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in soy sauce, fish sauce, cumin, coriander, paprika, nutmeg and turmeric and cook until fragrant, 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk, lime juice, coconut flakes and agave nectar. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  4. Transfer to a blender and puree the sauce.
  5. To make Chicken Satay: Combine ground chicken, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup chili coconut spice sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss gently until homogenous.
  6. Trim root ends from lemon grass. Trim tops to make stalks 6-8 inches long. Remove coarse outer leaves.
  7. Mound about 1/4 cup chicken mixture around thick end of each lemon grass stalk or 2 tablespoons one end of each soaked wood skewers. Gently squeeze chicken mixture into a log around each stalk or skewer. Cover exposed ends of lemon grass with foil.
  8. Heat the grill to high. Lay chicken skewers on a lightly oiled grill. Cook, turning as needed to brown evenly, 5-6 minutes. Serve with a Chili Coconut Spice Sauce and lime wedges.


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  • Reply
    Bonnie Eng
    July 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    These are so fun and summer-perfect Olga! Always looking for new ways to enjoy lemongrass, and this is a great way to make full use of it! 🙂

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    July 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    This is wonderful, I love the satay but that sauce sounds amazing!

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    Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried
    July 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    This looks delicious!

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    July 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I love satay, and I love the look of this dish. Awesome job!

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    Fae's Twist & Tango
    July 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Very clever and tasty satay on lemongrass stalks… and chili coconut sauce sounds marvelous!

    • Reply
      July 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Fae! I was quite happy with the result:) the sauce was the best part, I think:)

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    July 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    The dipping sauce sounds divine with all those exotic flavor and spices, especially with the moist chicken-yum! Thanks for sharing:)

    • Reply
      July 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Lily! The dipping sauce is defiantly the keeper! Was really good:) thanks for stopping by!

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    The Novice Gardener
    July 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Now, why didn’t I think of this last year when I planted 2 big bushes of lemongrass? They ended up wasted instead since I just needed a few stalks here and there to make tom yum soup. Of course, this year I didn’t plant any. Maybe it’s not to late, they do grow really fast. They look so tempting, Olga. I do love satay! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks Angie! Lemongrass stalks are actually perfect for grilling. They make flavorful skewers and cute presentation… I will defiantly use them again:) thanks for stopping by!

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    July 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I am such a sauce person – this sounds incredible!

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    Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs
    July 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Happy Happy Fiesta Friday Olga! Your chicken satay look fabulous…and that sauce? Crazy delicious!! It’s the perfect dish to share with all of us today… perfect party food!! I love how easy you made it sound… just blending…I can do that!! 🙂 I’m excited about this one…I can’t wait to give them a try! Thank you so much for sharing! <3

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      July 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Thank you so much Prudy! Happy FF and thanks for co-hosting! Have a nice weekend:)

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    July 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Looks wonderful Olga and so flavorful 🙂 Happy FF!

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    Mr Fitz
    July 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    They look delicious indeed!

  • Reply
    July 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The satay look really delicious Olga! Thanks for getting them to FF 🙂

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    July 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Olga your blog is a trap! It’s official:) I was looking at this delicious chicken and ended up on your pin interests because I found something else, looking so yummy! I don’t know how you do it, but any time I’m here I end up rummaging in your archives and pictures and so on! Xx

    • Reply
      July 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      I am so happy that you found something on the Pinterest! Thank you so much for you kind words, Marta! I always happy to see you ‘here’! Have a nice weekend:)

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    food passion and love
    July 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Oh I just love this!

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    July 27, 2014 at 6:40 am

    How good does this look? And I’m definitely making the chilli coconut spice sauce this week, it’s like all my favourite flavours in one sauce! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it:) thanks for stopping by:)

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    July 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Olga, I love satay chicken and this recipe of yours looks just fabulous. I am going to pin it to make it soon! Fantastic!

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    Chitra Jagadish
    July 28, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Chilli coconut sauce looks marvelous Olga. .. …wil try some veggie appetizer with this sauce …just loving the combo used in sauce. …

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    July 28, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Gorgeous image! The sauce is brilliant and I must try to make those chicken satays. What a smart idea to do them on lemongrass! All round fabulous recipe!

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    July 29, 2014 at 9:26 am

    This is such a wonderful post, and I love that you used Lemongrass stalks for them!!!!!
    Your post makes me so happy every time I visit 🙂

    • Reply
      July 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks Pang! I am glad you liked the idea of using lemongrass stalks! It works pretty well:) thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I love that you used the lemongrass stalks too! That would really punch up a casual get together. Thank you for such a great idea and the yummy recipe!

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    July 30, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Reblogged this on food thoughts to share and commented:
    These look so good and don’t seem too hard to make. Thats a good recipe right there!

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    July 31, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Everything about the satay sounds great…especially the sauce. I like how you utilized the lemongrass stalks.

    • Reply
      July 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks! I am glad that you liked the recipe! Thanks for stopping by:)

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        July 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm

        I was my pleasure. 🙂

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    Katie Emily Evans
    March 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    This looks fabulous. My two who eat meat would love it. Maybe I could make a tofu version for my daughter who is a vegetarian? This is the kind of recipe that I feel I can only get when in a restaurant but your description makes it sound very do-able!

    • Reply
      March 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Thanks! You can definitely use tofu version for your daughter. It will be delicious too:) its very easy recipe, don’t be intimidated by a long list of ingredients!

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