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!
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.
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.
- Two silicone liners to save on air fryer basket clean up
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.
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.
I also sprinkled a pinch of dried chilli flakes on the chicken for extra heat; this step is optional.
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.
You can add more chicken than this; I just added a little to test it out using different cooking methods.
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.
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.
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.
They slot right into the air fryer baskets, and then I add the chicken in.
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.
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.
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!