Not only is this Chicken with Strawberry Satay Sauce healthy and nutritious, but the flavor is out of this world delicious thanks to the sweetness of yummy strawberries.
This is my fun riff on peanut butter and jelly. The peanut butter and strawberry satay sauce is to-die-for paired with the tender chicken kebobs. I know you're going to love this appetizer or main course as much as I do!!
- The ingredient list:
- Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- Why this recipe works:
- Can the strawberry satay sauce be made in advance?
- Can the peanut butter and strawberry satay sauce be used on different cuts of chicken or protein?
- Can other berries be used in the satay sauce?
- What is the best way to store fresh berries for the longest life?
- What is the correct internal temperature for properly cooked chicken?
- The step-by-step photos for making chicken with strawberry satay sauce:
- Additional recipes with fresh fruit:
- Printable Recipe Card
The ingredient list:
- chicken tenders
- fresh strawberries
- grapeseed oil (or other light-colored oil)
- coconut milk (I used light)
- lime juice
- peanut butter (I used natural)
- chili flakes
- soy sauce,
- salt and pepper
- chopped peanuts
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- 3-quart saucepan
- grill pan or outdoor grill
- chef's knife
- paring knife
- cutting boards
- potato masher
- measuring cups and spoons
- cooking spray
- wooden skewers
- meat thermometer
- kitchen timer
- pastry brush
- nut chopper
- serving platter
- individual dipping bowls (optional)
Why this recipe works:
Since a traditional satay sauce is peanut butter-based, I thought I'd do a play on a PB & J by adding seasonally plump and juicy strawberries to the satay sauce.
The result is a sweet and savory dipping sauce that pairs wonderfully well with grilled chicken.
To say the kids will love this delicious chicken dish is an understatement!
After all, who wouldn't love a dipping sauce that tastes like a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich?
Can the strawberry satay sauce be made in advance?
Yes! You can make this sauce up to three days in advance if needed.
Once made, cover and refrigerate the strawberry satay sauce until ready to use.
Can the peanut butter and strawberry satay sauce be used on different cuts of chicken or protein?
It would be delicious on roasted chicken thighs, breasts, or as a sauce for chicken nuggets.
I also think it would be tasty on pork chops or pork tenderloin.
Think outside the box on this one. You just may surprise yourself on where you decide this satay sauce will work.
As a matter of fact, I think it would be excellent tossed with some noodles for an Asian flair.
Can other berries be used in the satay sauce?
I think both blueberries and blackberries would work wonderfully well.
Follow the same instructions and enjoy the delicious difference in taste!
What is the best way to store fresh berries for the longest life?
I forget where I saw this hack, but I tried it and was blown away by the difference in the length of freshness.
Wash and dry the berries well. I soaked my berries in a solution of ¼ cup white vinegar with 2 cups of water for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the berries well with fresh water to remove any vinegar residue.
Dry the berries thoroughly on paper towels and allow them to sit on the counter for 20 minutes to remove any excess water.
Now add the berries to clean glass mason jars and screw on the lid.
Keep the berries in the refrigerator and you'll notice a much longer shelf-life than ever before.
I had strawberries last over 2 weeks this way with no mold whatsoever! It is an incredible hack and a great way to save money!
What is the correct internal temperature for properly cooked chicken?
Chicken needs to be cooked to 165-degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.
The step-by-step photos for making chicken with strawberry satay sauce:
- Cut the strawberries into ¼" slices and add them to a medium saucepan.
- Stir in the fresh lime juice, oil, coconut milk, soy sauce, chili flakes, peanut butter, and honey.
- Simmer the mixture on the stovetop over medium-low heat for approximately 20 minutes.
- Use a potato masher to gently mash the larger pieces of strawberry into smaller bits, if desired. Personally, I like my sauce with a nice bit of texture.
- Cool the sauce, cover, and refrigerate if making in advance.
- To make the chicken tender skewers, soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
- Carefully thread the tenders onto the soaked skewers (two tenders per skewer).
- Brush the chicken tenders with light-colored oil, soy sauce and season with salt and pepper.
- Place the skewers on a grill pan and cook over medium-high heat until caramelized grill marks form.
- Turn the skewers to cook the same way on the second side.
- Reserve 1 cup of the strawberry satay sauce in a separate bowl and use it to brush onto the partially cooked chicken tenders. *Note - Do not double dip the brush into the original jar of strawberry satay sauce since you're brushing it on chicken that isn't fully cooked.
- Cover the chicken and continue cooking until the tenders are no longer pink in the center and have reached an internal temperature of 165-degrees on a meat thermometer (approximately 12-15 minutes).
- I made mine in a few different batches due to the size of my grill pan.
- If cooking them outside on a grill (or you have an extra-large grill pan, add them all at once and cover to cook thoroughly after the strawberry satay sauce has been added.
- To serve, garnish with additional chopped strawberries, scallions, chopped peanuts, and the remaining strawberry satay sauce for dipping.
Additional recipes with fresh fruit:
*Blueberry Chile Chicken (shown below and featured in the video)
Skillet Blueberry BBQ Sauce Chicken is a beautifully browned chicken breast that simmers to a tender finish in an easy-to-make zippy blueberry-chile BBQ sauce.
*Pork Chops with Strawberry Relish (not shown)
Pork Chops with Strawberry Relish is the perfect meal when you want to eat a lighter, more flavorful pork chop! They’re light, fresh, and extremely delicious!
*Blueberry Banana Quick Bread (shown below)
Blueberry Banana Quick Bread with white chocolate and pecans is a definite upgrade from your typical banana loaf recipe. It’s easy to make too!!
*Strawberry Crostata (not shown)
Bring this Strawberry Crostata with a sweet almond glaze to the table and any occasion has been instantly upgraded to something truly special…and delicious!
*Chicken with Strawberry Satay Sauce (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
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Printable Recipe Card
Chicken with Strawberry Satay Sauce
- FOR THE STRAWBERRY SATAY SAUCE:
- 1 pint Strawberries hulled and halved or quartered (reserve a few for garnish)
- 2 teaspoons lime juice approximately 1 large lime
- 1 cup peanut butter your favorite brand
- ¾ cup coconut milk light can be used
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce low sodium may be used
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- FOR THE CHICKEN:
- 2 - 3 pounds chicken tenders
- wooden skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
- 1½ tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1½ tablespoons soy sauce I used low sodium
- salt and pepper
- FOR THE GARNISH:
- diced strawberries
- chopped peanuts
- chopped scallions
- FOR THE STRAWBERRY SATAY SAUCE:
- Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir well.
- Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook on low for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Mash the cooked strawberries into the sauce using a potato masher leaving as much texture as you like.
- This sauce can be made in advance and refrigerated up to 3 days if needed.
- TO MAKE THE CHICKEN:
- Thread 2 chicken tenders on each wooden skewer which has been soaked in water.
- Brush each chicken skewer liberally with oil, and soy sauce.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook the chicken skewers on a grill pan (or an outdoor grill) over medium/high heat until grill marks appear (approximately 3 minutes per side).
- Spoon approximately ½ cup of the strawberry satay sauce into a small bowl and use it for brushing on the chicken.
- Brush each chicken skewer liberally with the strawberry satay sauce and continue to grill for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Cover the grill pan with foil or a lid (or lower the lid on the grill), and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center or when it reaches an internal temperature of 165-degrees on an instant-read meat thermometer.
- *Note - if using an indoor grill pan, you'll most likely need to cook the chicken in batches. Keep the chicken skewers warm in the oven while grilling the remaining skewers.
- Place the chicken on a serving platter along with the remaining strawberry satay sauce for dipping and garnish the chopped strawberries, peanuts, and scallions.
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