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5 from 4 votes

Chicken Satay Salad

This chicken satay salad has fresh, crunchy vegetables and grilled chicken tossed in a spicy peanut-ginger sauce. An easy, fresh dinner.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: chicken, grill, salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Denise Bustard



  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger see note 1
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 2 chicken breasts sliced into 1 X 2 inch strips (see note 2)
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 yellow pepper thinly julienned
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup salted peanuts
  • green onions diced {garnish}



  • Combine all dressing/marinade ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • Slice chicken and place in a shallow bowl or reusable bag. Toss with ½ cup of marinade {Cover and refrigerate the remaining dressing/marinade for later}.
  • Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 2 - 24 hours.
  • Pre-heat grill to medium high. Make sure it is clean and brushed with oil.
  • Thread chicken onto skewers (see note 3) and grill for 5 minutes a side, until cooked through.


  • Toss all vegetables in remaining dressing/marinade, a bit at a time {taste and decide how much you'd like, using all the dressing gives a heavily-dressed salad}. Top with peanuts and onions.



1- this dressing is heavy on the ginger flavor, feel free to reduce the amount if you are not a fan of strong ginger flavor.
2- you may swap the chicken breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs.
3- if using wooden skewers, be sure to soak in water for 30 minutes before grilling to prevent them from burning and breaking.
Due to the bean sprouts in this salad, it does not keep well. For a modified meal prep-friendly version of this recipe, go here.
Prep ahead
  • Veggies may be chopped up to 4 days ahead
  • Dressing/marinade may be prepared up to 1 week ahead


Serving: 1/4 batch | Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 891mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2824IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg