This gluten free chicken satay recipe with Thai almond sauce is a perfect healthy grilled Summer appetizer that everyone will love.
I know I’m about to make myself sound like a super white girl (I am pretty pale, to be fair), but chicken satay was the first non-chicken-ball Asian food I ever had. And I was 16. I know- I had a steep learning curve about food ahead of me to get where I am today. To my defense though, I was raised by two non-foodies and was living in Peterborough at the time. One day, my boyfriend’s parents ordered in from a Thai restaurant and I nervously tried my first order of chicken satay with peanut sauce. Honestly, I’m not sure what I was scared of, but it just goes to show how sheltered I apparently was.
Making Gluten Free Chicken Satay with Thai Almond Sauce at Home
Being a home chef with an arsenal of Asian ingredients in the house at any given time, I thought I would do chicken satay up my way. I wanted to make gluten free chicken satay for my GF sister (which means tamari, instead of soy), and whip up a delicious Thai almond sauce for a unique twist.
This is a perfect pool party or cottage snack because it’s hand-held, dippable and super lean. The chicken is marinated in lite coconut oil to yield a super moist, yet lean source of protein. I then use almond butter in place of the traditional peanut butter to make a nutrient-rich Thai almond sauce.
I love that almonds have a combination of fibre, protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller longer. They’re also packed with vitamin E, B2, magnesium, phosphorus and iron! These gluten free chicken satay with Thai almond sauce dish I would personally try to fill up on at the Summer BBQ, cottage or pool party, leaving me a little guilt-free wiggle room for dessert or a cocktail.
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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes (Easy Gluten Free Recipe)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. natural almond or peanut butter
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. lite coconut milk
- 1 tsp gluten free reduced sodium tamari
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- Sriracha to taste
- Toasted sliced almonds
- Green onion thinly sliced
- Combine the marinade ingredients and transfer to a resealable bag with the chicken. Refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, mix together the almond sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Thread the chicken pieces onto long skewers (being sure to soak them first if they are wooden) and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked through.
- Serve with the almond sauce, garnished with toasted almonds and green onions.
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Updated on October 4th, 2021
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.