My kids have always loved Thai Chicken Satay (or “the yellow chicken on a stick”, as they refer to it). And who can blame them? Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a heavenly peanut sauce that is then grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. It is divine!

But rather than going out to a restaurant, which can get pricey and also lead to eating other tasty, but high calorie foods (Mango Sticky Rice, anyone?), I like to try and prepare a lighter, healthier version at home. I decided to make an attempt at the chicken satay, but after I set my chicken in the marinade, I realized that I didn’t have any skewers on hand. At that point, I debated whether to load up the kids in the car (who were playing quietly and peacefully at the time) and head to the store to grab some, or just leave the kids alone and try making this recipe without the skewers. The latter option won out. And thus, my Lazy Satay Chicken recipe was born.

I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED not dealing with the hassle of the skewers! When I served it, I just gave my kids some toothpicks, and they enjoyed using that to dip their chicken in the peanut sauce. Easy peasy. While this dish is still 8 Points per serving, it’s still a lot lighter and healthier than the ones you’d get at a Thai restaurant. But it’s JUST as flavorful and delicious!

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lazy satay chicken
Lazy Satay Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
Get all the delicious flavors of Thai chicken satay with a lot less work and ingredients. Complete with a rich and velvety peanut sauce for dipping!
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 328 kcal
For the chicken:
  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 shallots (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the chicken to make the marinade. Add in the chicken pieces, and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to broil, and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Mist with cooking spray.
  3. Place the pieces of chicken onto the baking sheet, spreading out evenly. Discard any remaining marinade.
  4. Broil chicken in oven four about 8-10 minutes, or until chicken is golden and browned/blackened on the edges.
  5. While chicken is cooking, whisk together all ingredients for the satay sauce in a small bowl. Serve at room temperature with chicken for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings

Serving size is about 1 cup chicken, and 2 1/2 tbsp sauce

Each serving = 8 Points*

*based only ingredients that have an SP Freestyle value  

Nutrition Facts
Lazy Satay Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 625mg 26%
Potassium 107mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 21.7g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Sugars 9g
Protein 31.4g 63%
Calcium 3%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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