This Almond Butter Chicken Satay is a healthy, savory chicken skewer recipe. Marinate cubed chicken thighs in an almond butter sauce and cook on the stovetop or grill.
The perfect Whole30 chicken skewer recipe
This Almond Butter Chicken Satay recipe has been a favorite Whole30 dinner in our home since I did my first Whole30 in January 2019. The almond butter marinade gives the chicken an addicting flavor that you just keep coming back for.
I really love peanut satay, but since peanuts and soy are off-limits during the Whole30 I wanted to create a healthy chicken skewer recipe with slightly different ingredients. Using almond butter in place of peanuts and coconut aminos in place of soy sauce works perfectly!
What kitchen tools will I need to make this Almond Butter Chicken Satay?
- Wooden or metal skewers – I like the mini wooden skewers for cooking them inside on a grill pan
- Grill pan or grill
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Basting brush
What ingredients will I need to make these healthy chicken skewers?
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs – can sub chicken breast
- Almond butter – can sub any nut butter
- Coconut aminos – can sub soy sauce if not on Whole30
- Lime juice
- Fish sauce
- Sesame oil
- Rice vinegar
- Sriracha – I like Yellowbird sriracha
- Avocado oil
Soak your skewers and marinate ahead of time
About an hour or so before you are ready to cook you will want to soak your skewers in water and start marinating your meat. I soak my skewers in water before I start cooking because they are wood and might catch on fire on the stove, but that is less likely if they are soaked prior to use!
How do you make Almond Butter Chicken Satay?
To make this dish I usually use boneless skinless chicken thighs because they seem to be more flavorful, but chicken breasts will also work well. Take the chicken and cube them into bite size pieces. Then marinate the chicken in the almond butter, coconut aminos, sesame oil, sriracha, lime juice and fish sauce combo.
If you are looking to make this whole30 compliant, be sure that your sriracha and almond butter don’t have any added sugars. The two that I linked above are compliant. Also, you can always just use soy sauce in place of coconut aminos if you aren’t avoiding soy because of Whole30 or another dietary reason.
Allow the chicken to marinate for at least an hour, but can be more if you want to prep ahead of time. Slide the marinated pieces on skewers and add to an oiled grill pan over medium heat. Save the excess marinade.
Can I make these on the grill outside instead of in a grill pan?
To make these skewers on a standard grill outside you will want to use the same ingredients, but cut your chicken into slightly larger cubes. Then preheat your grill to medium-high heat and place your skewers on it. Cook for 10 minutes on the hot, closed grill. Rotate the skewers every 2-3 minutes and baste with the excess marinade.
How do you serve these almond butter chicken skewers?
I love these skewers as an appetizer, but they are also delicious with lots of meals. I love them on a salad or served with sauteed veggies and cauliflower rice.
The full recipe can be found down below and, as always, if you make this recipe, please rate and review in the comments and share it with me on Instagram!
- At least 1 hour prior to cooking soak wooden skewers in water and marinate the chicken
- To marinate, combine almond butter, coconut aminos, lime juice, sesame oil, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and sriracha in a large mixing bowl. Cube the chicken thighs and add to the mixing bowl with the marinade. Toss to coat the thighs and place in the fridge to marinate
- After at least 1 hour of marinating, remove from the fridge and slide the chicken onto the skewers – save any excess marinade
- Heat a greased grill pan over medium heat
- Add the chicken to the warm grill pan and rotate every 2 minutes. As you rotate the skewers brush on any extra marinade
- Continue cooking and rotating until you have cooked the skewers for 12 minutes total
- Remove from the heat and enjoy! store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
** You can use chicken breasts in place of chicken thighs, you can use soy sauce in place of coconut aminos, and you can use any kind of nut butter in place of the almond butter.