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May 19

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

I had a hard time naming this recipe. After I tried it I wanted to name it “OMGChickenInPeanutSauce” or “YUM, Make This Right Now” but neither of those are very descriptive. I almost called it a chicken satay because it’s marinated chicken skewers with peanut sauce, but I think the marinade has to have turmeric in it to be considered a traditional satay, so I landed on Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce. Regardless of what you want to call this, I really encourage you to make it. It’s one of my favorite things that I’ve made in a while and it’s incredibly easy. The marinade makes the chicken really flavorful and the peanut sauce is absolutely to die for. Seriously, I want to put it on everything. I served the skewers with grilled veggies (highly recommended) for dinner and they also went really well with the peanut sauce. 

I generally try to only use ingredients in my recipes that anyone can easily find in their grocery stores, but I made an exception here and finally tried PB2 by Bell Plantation (affiliate link!). It is so worth ordering it online. I believe Whole Foods may also carry it, so if you have one of those you can possibly find it there (Update: After I posted this I received quite a few comments, emails and messages saying that people have found PB2 right in their normal grocery stores, so definitely check!). If you’re unfamiliar, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that gives you all the flavor of traditional peanut butter but with significantly less fat and calories. I’ve been hearing about PB2 for a really long time, and I am so glad I finally tried it. It’s seriously amazing! I’ve already brainstormed a million things I want to make with it, so you might as well buy some now (affiliate link). Besides making this amazing recipe, you’ll be all ready to go when I start putting it in baked goods and breakfast foods and pasta dishes and smoothies. The sky is the limit!

Just a note about the nutrition information and Weight Watchers Points+ for this recipe: If you plug the full amounts of the marinade ingredients listed into a nutrition calculator you will get different nutrition info than I have listed. Since so much of the marinade gets thrown out, I decided to weigh the marinade before adding the chicken and then again after removing the chicken several hours later. More than ¾ of the marinade was still in the bag so when I calculated the nutritional values I only plugged in ¼ of the amounts of each marinade ingredient. The totals below should be pretty accurate reflections of what actually makes it onto your plate! 

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce


Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Yield: 4 (1 skewer with sauce) servings


Chicken & Marinade Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (found by the Asian sauces)
  • Juice from one lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (Asian chili sauce found with the other Asian ingredients)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ pounds (24 oz) raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
  • You’ll also need 9” skewers – if using wooden skewers you should soak them in water for about 30 minutes before use

Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. To create the marinade, combine the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, sriracha, red pepper flakes and cilantro from the first set of ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour marinade into a gallon Ziploc bag and add chicken. Seal bag and shake to coat chicken in the marinade. Place the bag in the refrigerator so that the chicken is covered in the marinade and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours (but can marinate longer – i.e. all day, overnight, etc).
  2. Pre-heat the grill until hot. Divide the chicken evenly onto the four skewers. Place the skewers on the grill over low heat. Depending on your grill, cooking times may vary. On our 4-burner grill the chicken skewers cooked in about 10 minutes, so I suggest cooking yours for about 5-6 minutes and then flipping them and continuing to cook until chicken is cooked through.
  3. To make the sauce, place all sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined. Serve each chicken skewer with about a tablespoon of peanut sauce for dipping.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1 skewer + 1 tablespoon sauce) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 4 SmartPoints/ Blue: 1 SmartPoints/ Purple: 1 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per (1 skewer + 1 tablespoon sauce) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
220 calories, 6 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 41 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Chicken slightly adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl, sauce from Bell Plantation

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

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69 comments on “Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce”

  1. oh Emily have not seen you around in several weeks, this must be why, looks amazing. Saved to my ziplist. Thank you i too want to try the PB2 my daughter talks about it all the time

  2. I’ve been tempted to try the PB2 also. You just gave me a reason to purchase it! This recipe looks absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try it! Another winner…..

  3. Emily,

    I LOVE PB2!! Cannot wait to try this one — superb job!!

  4. Is there a substitute for the PB? What will be the ratio?

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE PB2!!! I also adore the chocolate PB2! Thank you for using it in a recipe that looks super delish! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Aww i don’t have a grill! Can i make these in the oven or on a George F grill?

  7. I think I will be making this tonight. thanks!

  8. Made the marinade last night, chicken is in there now.. OMG. I seriously had to pull it out this morning to smell it, I am so excited! I also bought PB2 and the chocolate PB2 off Amazon specifically for this.. Please toss out some more PB2 recipes to us, when you have a chance. I’m so excited to see how this stuff is. Can’t wait for dinner tonight. 🙂

    • I definitely have more PB2 recipes planned! I can’t wait to use it in more dishes. I hope you love dinner! Let me know how it turns out.

    • Update–peanut sauce=amazing. I alternated the chicken with some bell peppers and pineapple (love grilled pineapple!) on the skewers, it was such a perfect dinner. Thank you so much!

  9. I found the PB2 at Wal-Mart.

  10. It is similar to satay. But I think I like this one better. It seems not too oily and the flavor should more close to BBQ style. I just thinking maybe can add some coarsely crushed peanut into the dipping sauce. 🙂

  11. I have some PB2 and have no idea what to do with it, so keep the ideas coming. I want to try these soon 🙂

  12. FYI, I bought PB2 from Kroger. It’s in the health food/organic grocery section. HTH anyone who’s looking for it!

  13. can you use regular PB for this?

  14. What broccoli side dish did you make with your skewers? It looks good too!

    • Thanks Erik! My boyfriend actually mixed that up so I don’t know 100% what he put in it but it’s broccoli and snow peas with a lottle olive oil & Chiavettas sauce and I think some garlic powder? Grilled using a vegetable grilling basket. They were delicious!

  15. It was soooooo good. Oh. Em. Gee. Thank you.

  16. We made this for Memorial Day, and then I made it again tonight! We did skewers the other day, but tonight I just marinated chicken tenders, then threw them on the grill. Very delicious! The Peanut Sauce is yummy too, and so easy. I’ve been using PB2 for awhile, so already had some.

  17. I found some PB2 just two days ago at RUNNERS, a local (not sure if it is a chain)athletic shoe store. I will be making this tonight!

  18. I also found PB2 at Walmart – excited to finally try it!

    Question to those that have made it.. was 1 skewer enough of a portion? I’m not sure this amount is enough to feed my family when I’m the only WW member. 🙂

    Thank you!

    • It’s hard for me to know how much your other family members need to eat to feel satisfied, but each skewer has 6 oz of raw chicken which comes out to be a little more than the recommended serving size for chicken. I’s a main course, so I recommend serving it with side dishes. I found it to be plenty filling as a main course but if you think your family will want more then double the recipe!

  19. Just got my PB2 in the mail and have been wanting to cook with it. So excited to try this. I only have hot sesame oil but I definitely love spicy so I think it’l fit in nicely.


  20. So delicious! Made them for Father’s Day, and my dad and husband both raved. My dad was fascinated by the PB2, and thought the peanut sauce was delicious, and couldn’t believe it was low fat!

    I’ve made 15 or 20 different recipes from your site now, and every one has been a big hit in my family, and those not on a diet are none the wiser! And those of us doing WW are thrilled to be eating such delicious food that works with the plan. Thanks so much!

  21. Such an interesting flavor! We loved these!

  22. This recipe is absolutely ridiculous! It is seriously amazing. My kids both also LOVED it. I have found my new favorite chicken marinade. The peanut sauce was awesome too!

  23. Planning on this for tonight as a test run b4 July 4th BBQ. I found pb2 at Target. Thank you Looks fab!

  24. I really want to try this however we don’t have dried peanut butter here in Australia…. Is there a substitute I could use?

    • I think the only real alternative if you can’t find peanut flour is to use regular peanut butter. Can you order the powdered kind online? I get mine on Amazon.

  25. These look amazing–but unfortunately I don’t have a grill! Do you think this would work in an oven/on a stove? Or maybe broiled??


    • I’m sure you could bake the chicken (I would probably ditch the skewers and just make them chicken “bites” if you go that route), but I haven’t tried it. Let me know how it works out!

  26. Any idea on the calories without the sauce? We didn’t make the sauce this go around.

  27. These turned out excellent! Thanks for the recipe, I found it on Pinterest. We ran out of limes and used lemon juice… still great.

  28. Can these be cooked in the oven? I was thinking of making a family size chicken thigh package from Costco with this marinade – but don’t know how long to cook for?

  29. Wow…those are some skewers there. You should have really named them any one of the first two…we would have understood where you come from 🙂

  30. The Thai Chicken Skewers were absolutely brilliant! My husband said that was the best chicken I’ve ever made. Really delicious.

  31. Sriracha… is that the powdered form (McCormick) or a sauce?

    Very impressed by the comments I’m reading. Honestly got to this site/recipe looking for a sauce for grain bowls but think I will end up making this chicken!

    Thank you!

  32. With the change to smart points, I have just stumbled upon your site and everything looks great. We made these last night and they were delicious! Love the peanut sauce. I have a question – when I enter the ingredients exactly as you list them into the WW recipe builder, it says the Chicken/marinade is 6 points for 4 servings and the Peanut sauce is 1 point per serving for a total of 7 smart points per serving. But you have it listed as 5. Why is my total off from yours? Thank you!

    • I’m guessing you missed this section of the post!

      “Just a note about the nutrition information and Weight Watchers Points+ for this recipe: If you plug the full amounts of the marinade ingredients listed into a nutrition calculator you will get different nutrition info than I have listed. Since so much of the marinade gets thrown out, I decided to weigh the marinade before adding the chicken and then again after removing the chicken several hours later. More than ¾ of the marinade was still in the bag so when I calculated the nutritional values I only plugged in ¼ of the amounts of each marinade ingredient. The totals below should be pretty accurate reflections of what actually makes it onto your plate!”

  33. I pinned this a long time ago and finally made it tonight. It was AMAZING! I cooked it in a skillet, no problem! (Did all the prep/marinating as the recipe called for and just cooked it in the skillet instead of on the grill – no skewers) The marinade was well balanced and the peanut sauce was to die for. Served it over brown rice. Thank you for a healthy, delicious recipe!

    • Awesome, thanks so much for reporting back on your results with the skillet method! I’m glad you loved it!

  34. I made these tonight and WOW! I was skeptical about PB2 and looking for recipes when I came across this one. Everything about this meal was incredible. This will definitely become a staple in our house!!!!

  35. I could just KISS you! This sauce was AMAZING!!!! I was looking for a “faux pad thai” kind of thing because I had a bunch of cooked spaghetti squash. I added 2 Tablespoons of your wonderful sauce to my 1 ½ c. of spaghetti squash, topped with some green onions and other veggies I had in the fridge. OMG! Off the charts amazing and only 2 SmartPoints in the entire lunch. Next time I am going to add some cooked chicken to it. Thanks again for this fabulous recipe!

  36. I know this recipe was posted forever ago, so I won’t be surprised if I don’t get an answer, but how long would the sauce last in the fridge? Thinking of making a bunch and throwing it in a bottle 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

  37. Thanks for this yummy sounding recipe. I’ve been looking for a marinade for tofu and this looks like a winner. I’m wondering if the points listed is for the Freestyle program? Thanks for sharing.

  38. Do you happen to know how many freestyle points for the recipe? It looks delicious

  39. Is the recipe super spicy w the sauce? My kiddies are kinda are a little picky and not sure if it will be too spicy for them?

  40. Just to confirm since so many PB2 recipes call it out differently.  Is the PB2 measurement as prepared or just the powder?  Thanks

  41. I love this sauce! I’ve used it on so many different things. How many servings does the peanut sauce recipe make, and how many points would the suggested serving size be worth?

  42. Just made this recipe & really enjoyed it. Super easy & very flavorful. Will definitely make it again.

  43. We made this without the Sriracha. Sorry, we cannot take the heat. We loved it, and had leftover yummy chicken to have in salads the next evening. Thank you.

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