Satay Chicken Curry

by hintofhelen
Satay Chicken Curry Recipe | Hint of Helen-4

Satay Chicken! This is a super quick, simple dinner which can be whipped up in less than half an hour.

This satay curry sauce is made quickly in a wok (or frying pan) and will lead to clean plates all round.

Satay Chicken Curry Recipe | Hint of Helen-4

Satay “curry” isn’t authentic Chinese as such, but something which is often served as a main course in Chinese restaurants for people who find the traditional skewered starter version to not be enough!

It reheats really well too, so ideal for packed lunches the following day if you have any leftover!

For this recipe I have used my favourite Mayflower Chinese Curry Sauce (available in B&M bargains for £1!):

How to make Satay Chicken Curry at home:

Scroll down for printable recipe and ingredient list.

1. Chop the chicken, onions, peppers and chilli – taking care to make sure the chicken is in equal sized pieces:

2. Boil the kettle and measure out 300ml of boiling water (if you don’t have a measuring jug, this is about 1 large mug):

3. Add the curry sauce to the boiling water:

4. Stir:

5. Then add the coconut and peanut butter to the mixture:

6. Stir again, don’t worry if some thick peanut butter still remains at the bottom:

7 . Heat oil in a non-stick wok, or frying pan:

8: Add the chicken and onions to the wok:

9. Add the turmeric and stir:

10. Then stir so the chicken is coated in yellow:

11. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly so it doesn’t stick

12. Add the chopped peppers and chilli, stir and cook for 2 minutes:

13. Add the crushed garlic and ginger:

14. Stir and cook for a further 2 minutes, until the raw small of the garlic disappears:

15. Add the soy sauce:

16. Then pour in the curry and peanut butter mixture:

17. Bring the mixture to boil:

18. Then add the lemon juice, and cook on a low simmer for 5 minutes:

19. Whilst the satay curry is simmering, chop up coriander (if you chose to use it)

20. After you’ve simmered the curry for 5 minutes, stir in the chopped coriander and cook for a final minute, before turning off the heat and serving. At this point the curry should be thick and fragrant:

Satay Chicken Curry

Satay Chicken Curry Recipe | Hint of Helen-4

Delicious, easy, Chinese inspired Satay Chicken Curry.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil (or use vegetable oil if you don't have sesame)
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Peppers
  • 1 Chilli (optional)
  • 1 Tbp lazy garlic (or 2 crushed cloves)
  • 1 Tsp lazy ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 300ml Water
  • 2 Tbsp Chinese Curry Powder
  • 2 Heaped Tbsp Meridian Coconut & Peanut Butter
  • Handful Fresh Coriander (optional)


  1. Chop the pepper, onion and chilli (if using) into equal sized strips
  2. Chop the chicken into equal sized pieces
  3. Boil some water in the kettle, then measure out 300ml of boiling water
  4. To the boiling water, add the coconut & peanut butter and curry powder - stir to mix so there are no lumps. Don't worry if the peanut butter doesn't completely dissolve.
  5. Heat oil in a large, non-stick wok or pan
  6. Add the chicken and onions to the hot wok, stir
  7. Add the 1 tsp turmeric to the chicken and onions, stir
  8. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes
  9. Add the peppers to the wok, stir, and cook for a further 2 minutes
  10. Add the crushed garlic and ginger and cook for a further 2 minutes until the smell of raw garlic
  11. Add the soy sauce, stir then proud in the curry sauce and peanut butter mixture
  12. Bring the mixture to a simmer and add the lemon juice, simmer on low for 5 minutes and the sauce will thicken slightly
  13. Turn off the heat, and stir through the fresh, chopped coriander (if using). Your chicken should be cooked through and sauce thick at this point.
  14. Serve and enjoy! I like to serve this Satay curry with rice.


If you don't have the Meridian Coconut & Peanut Butter substitute with 1 tsp of coconut cream and 2 tsp of peanut butter

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Rosemarie Dunlop 12th January 2019 - 10:11 pm

Like you chicken satay recipie

Jason 6th December 2019 - 10:09 am

Hi Helen,
This dish is beautiful and so easy to make. We had this at King of Kings Chinese Chinese Restaurant in the Valley, Brisbane. This Restaurant is the best and my family loves it! Your recipe is very similar, if not better.
Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Kind regards,
The Gould family, Kallangur, QLD.

Helen 9th December 2019 - 5:29 pm

Hi Jason, thanks so much for your lovely comment – so nice to hear when my recipes are being enjoyed! 😀


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