Chicken Satay | Gluten-free, low-sodium | Recipe Renovator

Tasty skewers of grilled chicken satay, much healthier than from a Thai restaurant

I love Thai food. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to get Thai food that doesn’t contain migraine triggers. It’s often high in both sodium and sugar, as well as fermented fish and soy sauce. Since I’m back to eating meat, I decided to make my own chicken satay. It’s served here with my Thai cucumber salad and spicy sunflower seed sauce. If making this for the migraine diet, omit the coconut aminos. Vegans should definitely try my pressed tofu satay!

Suitable for:

low-sodium, migraine, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

vegan or vegetarian diets

Chicken Satay | Gluten-free, low-sodium | Recipe Renovator

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Chicken Satay | Gluten-free, low-sodium | Recipe Renovator

Chicken satay

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 tbsp coconut milk canned, light is okay
  • 1 tbsp dark toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced
  • 1 tsp ginger (fresh) grated
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos (omit for migraine diet)
  • 1 tsp agave syrup or honey (omit for migraine diet)
  • 1 tsp curry powder no salt added
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin (dried)
  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless


  • Whisk together all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl.
  • Lay out a piece of heavy plastic wrap on a cutting board. Flatten out several chicken thighs on top of it, then cover with another piece of plastic wrap.
  • Use a meat mallet, rolling pin, or heavy skillet to pound the chicken as thin and even as you can get it. After all the chicken is pounded, cut each chicken thigh in half lengthwise.
  • Add chicken to marinade and turn to coat all sides. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator up to overnight. Return to room temperature before grilling.
  • If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes. Thread chicken pieces onto skewers.
  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high for 5 minutes.
  • Grill 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. If you put a lot of meat onto a skewer, it will take longer to cook. If you use more skewers and have the meat more stretched out, it will cook more quickly.
  • Serve immediately with Thai cucumber salad and spicy Thai sunflower seed sauce.