Air Fryer Chicken Satay with Dipping Sauce

Satay is a Southeast Asian dish of skewered and grilled meat, in this case, chicken, served with a sauce. It is a regional dish, with different flavors in different areas. This recipe is a very American version of chicken satay, done in the very American air fryer! Please note: different brands and sizes of air fryers will affect the cooking time and the number of batches.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
32 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 47 mins
10 servings


  • ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk

  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce

  • cup cashew butter

  • 3 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw cashews (Optional)

  • 5 cups hot cooked rice

  • ½ bunch cilantro sprigs


  1. Combine coconut milk, coconut aminos, ginger, fish sauce, garlic, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper in a gallon-sized resealable bag. Add chicken pieces. Squeeze out most of the air, seal, and gently squeeze the chicken pieces until all are coated with marinade. Refrigerate, turning the bag occasionally, for at least 4 hours, and up to 24 hours.

  2. Prepare dipping sauce 1 hour before cooking the chicken so flavors will have time to blend. Stir together teriyaki sauce, cashew butter, orange juice, garlic, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate, tightly covered, until ready to serve.

  3. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Using a skewer accessory rack, thread chicken pieces on each skewer and place on the rack.

  5. Put the rack in the air fryer basket and air fry for 8 minutes. Carefully turn each skewer, and continue cooking for an additional 8 minutes. Repeat with remaining chicken. Chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  6. Sprinkle chopped cashews on top of the dipping sauce. Place skewers on top of hot cooked rice, with the dipping sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute low-sodium soy sauce for coconut aminos, if preferred.

You can use any nut butter of your choice instead of cashew butter.

If you do not have a skewer rack, place the chicken pieces in a single layer on the bottom of the air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 8 minutes, stir, and continue cooking for an additional 8 minutes. Repeat in batches until all the chicken is cooked.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
18g Fat
30g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 868mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 304mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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