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Air Fryer Chicken Satay {With Dipping Sauce!}

Are you in the mood for some tasty chicken satay?

You can make plenty of quick and easy chicken recipes in an air fryer, and this is one of them!

air fryer chicken satay

How To Make Chicken Satay In An Air Fryer

No matter what type of air fryer you have, you’ll be able to follow these simple steps and be enjoying some yummy chicken satay in no time 😉

To print this recipe out, head down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

ingredients for chicken satay

I used 1kg of chicken for this recipe so that we had enough to eat over the next few days (it tastes great in an egg wrap!)

You can adjust this recipe accordingly if you want to make less.

What You Need:

  • Chicken – I used boneless chicken thighs; you could also use chicken breasts
  • Garlic – I used 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Ginger – I used ‘about’ 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger; you could use 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • Curry powder – I used 2 tablespoons of a medium curry powder
  • Soy sauce – I used 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • Brown sugar – I used 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Peanut butter – I used about 100g of smooth peanut butter; you could also try it with crunchy peanut butter
  • Coconut milk – I used a whole tin of coconut milk
  • Dried chilli flakes – optional

I tested this recipe in a few air fryers using different air fryer accessories as well as cooking it directly in the air fryer basket.

My preferred way was adding the coated chicken pieces directly to the air fryer basket using a silicone air fryer liner (less clean up!), but any method works.

These are the air fryer accessories I used – but as I said, you don’t need them to make this recipe; the chicken can go straight in the air fryer basket.

Silicone Pot Liner For Dual Air Fryers

Silicone Pot Liner For Dual Air Fryers

  • Two silicone liners to save on air fryer basket clean up

 

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Making It:

ingredients for satay sauce

In a bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, curry powder and peanut butter.

Separate the mixture in half, transfer one part to a saucepan, and set it to one side.

satay sauce in pan

Add two or three tablespoons of water to the bowl for a looser consistency. Add the chopped chicken to the bowl and mix together until the chicken is coated.

satay sauce for chicken

I also sprinkled a pinch of dried chilli flakes on the chicken for extra heat; this step is optional.

chicken marinating in satay sauce

Cover the bowl with cling film or similar and leave for at least 30 minutes to marinate.

Now it’s time to air fry them!

Method 1 – Add them directly to the air fryer basket:

Brush a little oil on the air fryer basket and switch it on at 200°C to preheat for a few minutes before adding the coated chicken.

air fryer chicken satay pieces
Chicken satay in a Ninja Dual Air Fryer

You can add more chicken than this; I just added a little to test it out using different cooking methods.

hicken satay in air fryer crisp basket
Chicken satay in Ninja Foodi 15 in 1

Cook for about 12 minutes, depending on how small you have cut your chicken. Give the basket a good shake halfway through. Check the chicken is cooked all the way through by cutting into the largest piece.

Method 2 – Thread them onto kebab skewers:

This is the messiest option! One by one, thread the coated chicken onto a kebab stick.

satay chicken on kebab sticks
Chicken satay threaded onto kebab sticks for the Ninja Foodi 15 in 1

You can use a kebab rack made for your air fryer, or use any kebab sticks and rest them on a rack in the air fryer.

kebab sticks in Ninja Foodi 15 in 1

Like with method 1, air fry at 200°C for around 12 minutes, checking that they are cooked all the way through before serving.

Method 3 – Place the chicken in an air fryer liner:

I recently got these silicone air fryer liners for the Ninja Dual Air Fryer, and I really like them. I find them really easy to clean after use, and they can be put in a dishwasher.

I was worried they would affect the cooking of anything in the air fryer, but they really don’t.

air fryer liner for ninja foodi dual

They slot right into the air fryer baskets, and then I add the chicken in.

cooking chicken in air fryer liner

As with the other methods, cook at 200°C for 12 minutes, shaking mid-way through and checking they are cooked all the way through before serving.

air fried chicken satay with dip

Making The Satay Sauce

During the last few minutes of the air frying time, you can make the satay sauce. The satay sauce can either be used for dipping the chicken in, or it can be drizzled over the top before serving.

Add the coconut milk to the saucepan, which has the peanut mixture in it and stir together. Gently cook it on low heat until the sauce is hot and warmed through; it should be ready in about 5 minutes.

dipping chicken into satay sauce

How To Serve Chicken Satay

Chicken satay can be enjoyed in various different ways. You can serve it as a snack with the satay sauce for a dip or as part of a main meal with rice or noodles, and the satay sauce is poured over the top.

I like to save some to have in a tortilla wrap or an egg wrap.

I hope you enjoy this air fryer chicken satay recipe – let me know in the comments if you end up making it!

chicken satay in an air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Satay

Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes

This chicken satay is quick to prepare and comes out full of flavour in an air fryer!

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped/grated
  • 2 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 100g smooth peanut butter
  • 1kg boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk

Instructions

    1. In a bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, curry powder and peanut butter.
    2. Separate the mixture in half, transfer one part to a saucepan, and set it to one side.
    3. Add two or three tablespoons of water to the bowl for a looser consistency. Add the chopped chicken to the bowl and mix together until the chicken is coated.
    4. Cover the bowl with cling film or similar and leave for at least 30 minutes to marinate.
    5. Preheat the air fryer at 200°C for a few minutes.
    6. If you are using kebab skewers, thread the chicken pieces onto them.
    7. Otherwise, add the chicken direct to the air fryer basket or air fryer liners. If your air fryer basket is prone to sticking (some are) brush a little oil over it first.
    8. Cook for 12 minutes, shaking the chicken halfway (there is no need to shake if using kebab sticks!)
    9. Check the chicken is cooked all the way through by cutting the largest chicken piece in half. Cook for a little longer if necessary.
    10. You can make the satay sauce during the last 5 minutes of the air frying time. Add the coconut milk to the saucepan and stir together with the peanut mixture.
    11. Gently heat for about 5 minutes until the sauce is heated all the way through.
    12. Serve the chicken satay with the sauce as a dip or drizzle the sauce over the top and serve with noodles or rice.

Notes

  • Chicken: You can use chicken breasts instead of thighs
  • Ginger: You can substitute with 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • Peanut butter: You can use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 531mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 46g

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Patricia

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Tasy, tasty, tasty. worked so well. thankyou.

Bug

Sunday 2nd of April 2023

Made this today. Only had garlic powder so I used a tablespoon. Oh my goodness, it was so good! Half the ingredients and skip the sauce for a healthier takeaway. Definitely going in my recipes list!

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