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Chicken Satay Salad in Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Grilled Chicken Satay Salad

With the cold dreary winter days that we have been having lately I have been craving the taste of summer and what better than a grilled chicken salad? This salad had been on my mind for a while now and I had been saving it for the summer but I decided to indulge a bit and make it now. The basic idea was a satay style marinated grilled chicken on a green salad. I kept the salad simple with a base of romaine lettuce, creamy avocado, cucumbers and some green onions. Normally I like to serve chicken satay with a spicy peanut dipping sauce but for a salad I decided to turn that into a spicy peanut dressing. The peanut sauce is a bit on the thicker side so I needed to add some liquids to thin it out a bit and I went with some Thai inspired ingredients including coconut milk, lime juice and fish sauce. I then added even more spiciness in the form of a few birds eye chillies and I balanced things out with a touch of sugar.

This salad is such an amazing combination of flavour and textures! The marinated chicken was so tasty all by itself and the peanut dressing took it over the edge. Every once in a while you would hit a bit of fiery birds eye chili and then the next bite of cool and creamy avocado was all the more welcome and then the crispy and juicy cucumber cleansed your palette and left you wanting for more. What a perfect escape and reminder of warmer days.

Chicken Satay Salad in Spicy Peanut Dressing

A tender and juicy Thai style grilled chicken satay salad with creamy avocados, juicy cucumbers and a spicy peanut dressing that is just packed with fresh flavours

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1 batch Thai satay marinade
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 4 cups salad greens
  • 2 avocados (stoned, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 small cucumber (sliced)
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 handful cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup peanut sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 birds eye chilies (sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts (roasted and chopped)
  1. Marinate the chicken in the Thai satay marinade in the fridge for 1 hour to overnight.
  2. Grill the chicken over med-high heat until cooked and slightly charred, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  3. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then slice it thinly.
  4. Mix the salad greens, avocado, cucumber, green onion and cilantro in a large bowl.
  5. Mix the peanut sauce, coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, chili and sugar.
  6. Toss the salad and dressing.
  7. Divide the salad between four plates, top with the chicken and garnish with the chopped peanuts.

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Benny said...

super good! I should think of an alternative for peanut sauce! do u have one! peanuts are too fat:)

vanillasugar said...

its gross really how much spicy peanut sauce i consume in a week. i swear i put that on everything. haven't put it on a salad....yet. lol

ๆ„› - ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ said...

I think that chicken satay tasted better using chicken thigh instead of chicken breast :)

Anonymous said...

Kevin, This sounds just down my alley. I, for some unknown reason, haven't made Thai in a while. Love your spicy peanut sauce. And I should be able to get decent chicken and and greens in the Bahamas. All the Thai stuff I have on board. Will let you know. ciao. (we're in S.Fl getting ready to go to Bimini and I won't tell you the temp ;) Thanks for a good sounding recipe.

jose manuel said...

Que pinta tan deliciosa tiene esto.


Dawn said...

This does remind me of summer! I love the peanut sauce with the avocado. Great choice.

Claudie said...

I love chicken satay. I can't wait to try it as a salad as you've made it -- turns a boring green salad into something completely different and interesting.

kimchicsisters said...

looks so good!

MsHo said...

Hi ! Just stumbled in. What a great dish ! I wish somehow there is such a thing as e-tasting. Cheers !

Victor said...

Great combo of flavors! The refreshing taste of the salad balances well with the spiciness of the peanut sauce. Great job!

Victor said...

Great combo of flavors! The refreshing taste of the salad balances well with the spiciness of the peanut sauce. Great job!

Sonia said...

Wonderful dish and presentation as always... !

Pia said...

Nice salad.I would love if you will share this salad recipe for my blog event Innovative Salads

Pam said...

I adore all things Thai!

Elizabeth and Jared said...

Nothing beats satay! This looks fantastic.

thecompletecookbook said...

What a perfect lunch for our hot summer days here in Mauritius.
:-) Mandy

My Bestfriend's Little Sister(MBLS) said...

Can't wait to give this recipe a go!

foodie and the chef said...

This looks so light and zesty, I can't wait to try the recipe. It's summer in Sydney, so perfect timing :)

daphne said...

I'm into a thai phrase at the moment. It just intrigue with all the flavours and texture. Love the peanut sauce on the salad for sure!

Joanne said...

I've been looking for a really good peanut dressing for a while now Kevin, and leave it to you to provide me with one!

♥peachkins♥ said...

what a beautiful salad this is! chicken satay alone is good but in a salad it's awesome..

Nina Timm said...

There is only bad about satay dishes and that is that I only learned about them so late in my life!!

Looks absolutely deliscious!!

polwig said...

I totally understand the need for summer fresh salads. This one is making my mouth water, hopefully this winter bliss will be over soon.

naomilovestom said...

Man, you make this sound so good and I want some NOW! Your pic is beautiful. This salad is very doable and I think I'm gonna put it on my list to make soon! Thank you!

meeso said...

This salad look awesome!

Laura said...

Sounds delicious! Anything with peanut sauce and/or avocado is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with me! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to try this one out!

Kerstin said...

Yum, what a lovely salad, especially that dressing!

Antonia said...

What a fantastically bright and fresh-looking salad! It makes me feel Spring may be on the way. Love satay sauce so this would be an absolute winner with me - my mouth is watering just reading about it!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Wow..that looks amazing! I love the peanut taste in Thai food...

Great winter pick me up...

melzor said...

Looking at this makes me feel like I've died and gone to Thai food heaven. I bet this would be awesome with grilled shrimp, too! Thanks for the ideas!

smalltownoven said...

There is not a single ingredient on this list that I don't completely love. This looks too good to be true!

Maria said...

Despite the utter cold I too have been craving salads as of late. This is a great, substantial salad with loads of flavor.

Amreen said...

This "Thai Grilled Chicken Satay Salad" looks delicious.

motherrimmy said...

After all the holiday food, I'm definitely in the mood for a few salads. Very creative to turn a chicken satay into a salad.

Hyosun Ro said...

What a nice looking salad with a great combination of flavors and textures!

Anonymous said...

I love satay very much!! especially Malaysian Chicken Satay... TQ for the recipe.Your Thai Grilled Chicken Satay Salad look fab and i'm willing to try it but I will put more peanut sauce and eat it with egg great for my taste!! :)

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