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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. 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! 

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Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Yield: 4 (1 skewer + 1 tablespoon sauce) servings

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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.

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, 4 g fat, 41 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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

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37 Responses to “Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce”

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    Bev Pasquariello — May 19, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    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

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 19th, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      It has only been a week! Haha. I posted 3 times the week before but this past week was crazy. I’m glad I was missed :).

      Definitely get the PB2 – I also heard about it forever before trying it and I am sad I waited so long!

    • Peggy Pryde replied: — May 20th, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

      I see you can get PB2 at GNC stores.

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 20th, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

      That’s good to know, Peggy!

    • EllaBella replied: — May 30th, 2013 @ 1:08 am

      I buy my PB2 at Giant Foods Grocery store. I think it is being offered in more and more grocery stores. Check by the peanut butter.

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    Kim — May 19, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    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…..

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    cjcloser — May 19, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    Emily,

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

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 12:46 am

      Yay, let me know what you think!

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    mariavivian — May 20, 2013 @ 6:27 am

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

    • Erin replied: — May 20th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      PB2 measures equally to peanut butter. I would use 2T peanut butter and leave out the 1T water.

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 20th, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

      That’s exactly what I’ve been suggesting. Thanks Erin!

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    Erin — May 20, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    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!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 12:46 am

      I haven’t tried the chocolate PB2 yet but I definitely plan to!

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    March Into Paris — May 21, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

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

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 12:47 am

      Probably! I’ve never made kebabs on a George Forman but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it turns out!

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    Brady — May 21, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    I think I will be making this tonight. thanks!

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    Jaime — May 22, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    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. :)

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 12:49 am

      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.

    • Jaime replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 2:26 am

      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!

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    Laura Nash — May 23, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    I found the PB2 at Wal-Mart.

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    yung@foodyoo.com — May 23, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    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. :)

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    Lizzie — May 24, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

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

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    Danelle — May 26, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

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

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    Nancy Long — May 26, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    can you use regular PB for this?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 27th, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

      You can probably replace the PB2 and water in the recipe with 2T of PB

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    Erik Tolendino — May 27, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

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

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — May 27th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      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!

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    Anonymous — May 30, 2013 @ 6:44 am

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

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    LauraC — May 30, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    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.

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    SheilaMix — May 31, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    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!

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    Elizabeth — June 4, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    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!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — June 4th, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

      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!

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    sabopesk — June 5, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    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.

    Thanks!

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    Susan — June 17, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    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!

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    Miranda Perkins — September 29, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    Such an interesting flavor! We loved these!

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