Lemongrass Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

Lemongrass Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce - easy prep and packed with flavor! paleo, gluten-free | healthynibblesandbits.com

For those of you who are keeping tab, we’re settling into my final week of being on the Whole30. The first few weeks were fine for the most part, but holy batman, it’s getting HARD. This could be my cravings playing tricks with my mind, but I can murder a big bowl of Puffins cereal with soy milk right now . . . and then wash it down with a nice bar of 60% chocolate with toasted coconut. Mmmmm.

STAY FOCUSED. Eye of the tiger.

Moving on to this chicken satay . . .

Lemongrass Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce - easy prep and packed with flavor! paleo, gluten-free | healthynibblesandbits.com

Whomever came up with the idea of threading pieces of meat on a stick and cooking them over a fire deserves a huge pat on the back. It means I can eat my meat anywhere and bring my messiness with me.

I am no dainty eater. I am Mama Lin’s daughter, after all.

Lemongrass Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce - easy prep and packed with flavor! paleo, gluten-free | healthynibblesandbits.com

The secret to this chicken satay is marinading. That’s where the chicken gets most of its awesome flavor. We all know now that I’m not the best at prepping food ahead of time. But the flavors of a quick marinade for this chicken doesn’t even compare to the overnight method. The prep for the marinade takes no more than 10 minutes. If I can do it, so can you!

Lemongrass Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

This easy and healthy chicken satay is packed with lemongrass, lime, and ginger flavor. Pair it with the almond butter dipping sauce for the perfect appetizer! Serves 4.

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    Chicken Satay
  • 1 1/2 pounds (675g) thin sliced chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) apple cider
  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • 2 TBS fish sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried lemongrass
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • around 20 skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 3 to 4 TBS olive oil for cooking
  • Almond Butter Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup (120g) almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 TBS apple cider
  • 1 TBS coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • red pepper flakes for garnish, optional
  • chopped cilantro for garnish, optional


  1. You want to start off with pretty thinly sliced chicken breasts. Aim for 1/3-inch thick slices. 1/2-inch slices are okay, but you'll need to cook the chicken for a few more minutes. Cut each slice of chicken breast into 1-inch wide strips.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the apple cider, lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, sesame oil, lemongrass, and garlic together. Add the chicken breasts and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take marinated chicken out of the refrigerator. Thread chicken strips through the soaked skewers.
  4. Heat a large skillet with 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Place about half of the chicken skewers on the skillet. Cook each side for about 3 minutes. If you are working with thicker chicken strips, you'll want to cook each side for 4 to 5 minutes. Set the first batch of cooked chicken onto a plate to cool. Add another 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of oil into the skillet. Place the remaining chicken in the skillet and cook each side for 3 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dipping sauce. Blend dipping sauce ingredients together until smooth. Top with red pepper flakes, if desired.
  6. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy with the dipping sauce.
  7. Refrigerate leftover chicken for 4 to 5 days. Refrigerate dipping sauce for 1 week. The sauce will be thick when it's refrigerated. Leave it out in room temperature for 15 minutes before using it again or dip the container in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes.
Recipe Type: appetizer, paleo, whole30

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44 thoughts on “Lemongrass Chicken Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    I'm in a really bad mood with you. Why? Because when I did whole30, the fanciest thing I ate was probably some random chorizo I found which had no additives or anything- Then they went out of business. I need this, STAT.
    1. Lisa Post author
      Haha, I should make a frozen version of this and sell it!! Also, holy cow, it's hard to find prepared meats that are Whole30 compliant!
  2. Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
    I have always wanted to make chicken satay! Seriously you make the Whole30 look so delicious and easy with recipes like these lol but I have to agree, peanut butter puffins cereal is the way to my heart and the ultimate snack. You're almost there!! And p.s. totally pinning this and making asap!
    1. Lisa Post author
      Thank you, Selena! Okay, so it has taken me forever to respond to comments and the Whole30 is over, but.....I'm so glad I'm over with it! I don't have to be suuuper careful with what I eat anymore!
  3. Eileen
    Ooh, yes please! Satay is one of those things I forget about, and then when I remember and have it again, it's just SO good. Love the almond butter dipping sauce!
  4. Sarah
    Hi Lisa! My first time visiting your blog. The almond butter dipping sauce sounds perfect, I have a little (huge) addiction to almond butter so that caught my attention straight away. Hehe. Pinned.
    1. Lisa Post author
      Sarah, thank you SO much for stopping by, and sorry it's taken me so long to respond!! I do hope to be able to visit Northern Ireland one day!
  5. Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    This looks amazing! My son can't eat peanuts so this is the perfect alternative for us. And hey what a treat to discover your blog. I am also a "recovering lawyer" and it's great to find others in the same boat. Glad to see you are making a career in the food world. Hopefully you don't miss lawyering too much ;-).
  6. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    I need to get some fish sauce in my kitchen asap- it's such a great condiment. Peanut chicken satay was my go to as a kid whenever we went to a thai restaurant so this is definitely Pinned for later!
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