Make your own chicken satay with this recipe from Jakarta's Mandarin Oriental

(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Those who love grilled dishes may have tried chicken satay. Featuring chicken on skewers served with peanut sauce, the dish pleases your taste buds with its sweet and savoury flavours.

Ciptoroso, chef de cuisine at Cinnamon restaurant in Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central Jakarta, says the secret behind delicious chicken satay is in the type of meat.

“Choose chicken thigh. The fat in chicken thigh makes the meat moist and tender,” he says.

Chef Ciptoroso shares a recipe for chicken satay. 



200g chicken thigh

20g turmeric

30g candlenut

20g garlic

35g shallots

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Sweet soya sauce

Chillies, chopped

Wooden skewers


150g fried peanuts

10g garlic, smashed

15g shallots, smashed

30g chilli, smashed

Lime leaves

25ml sweet soya sauce

20g palm sugar

two limes


1. Cut the chicken thigh into small cubes. Set aside.

2. In a food processor or blender, add the turmeric, candlenut, garlic and shallots. Blend well.

3. Pour the spice mixture onto the chicken and mix well.  

4. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Marinate for one to two hours.

6. Mix the soya sauce with the chopped chillies and set aside.

7. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce by blending the fried peanuts in a food processor or blender. Blend well.

8. In a pan, saute the garlic, shallots and red chilli until fragrant.

9. Add the peanut and lime leaves. Bring to a simmer. Continue to saute until the oil comes out.

10. Add the soya sauce and palm sugar. Mix well.

11. Turn off the heat, squeeze the lime juice into the sauce and mix well. Set aside the peanut sauce.

12. Thread the marinated chicken cubes onto the skewers.

13. Grill the chicken. Using a brush, spread the sweet soya sauce on the chicken. Repeat until the chicken is cooked.

14. Serve the chicken satay with the peanut sauce.