These Mini Chicken Satay Skewers come with a side of Thai peanut dipping sauce and make the perfect appetizer for any party. There are 4 fun ways to serve them … try them all!
It is officially PARTY SEASON! This next month is all about food, drinks, friends, family, and PARTIES. Bring it on! 🍾🍾🍾
Every party needs a delicious appetizer, and I’ve got just the thing for you. These mini skewers are a bite-sized version of everyone’s favorite chicken satay. They’re easy to make and delicious and will make you the star of every party you bring them to.
You’re going to start by marinating some chicken thighs (the tastiest and juiciest part of the chicken) in a simple Thai marinade. Then, you’re going to skewer a little Christmas colored red pepper and a piece of chicken and pop them into your oven.
While they’re baking, you’ll pop some peanut and a few Thai-licious ingredients into your Vitamix and blend until you’ve made a deliciously smooth sauce.
Then the fun part comes … choosing how to serve these.
Since parties are all about having fun, I’ve made up four ways to serve them. One way is playful, one is elegant, one is simple, and the other is pretty. Match your serving style to your holiday party to create an unforgettable experience.
Serving #1: The Shot Glass
Want to pull out a little fancy New Year’s Eve style? This is how you do it. Serving the chicken satay in shot glasses has catered event written all over it.
You can prep the shot glasses ahead of time by pipping a little dipping sauce into the bottom of each one. When it comes time to serve, drop a skewer into each glass and pass them around on a tray.
You’ll look like a rockstar hostess.
Serving #2: The Tropical Pineapple
This screams Hawaiian Christmas and surfing Santa. I’ve never celebrated the holidays in a tropical place, but this makes me want to. Should we go somewhere warm next Christmas?
To pull off this tropical vibe, cut a pineapple in half and stick in the skewers when they come out of the oven. It’s a super easy way to add some playful color to your holiday party table.
Mele Kalikimaka … aka Merry Christmas in Hawaiian!
Serving #3: The Campfire
This is my personal favorite way to serve these chicken skewers. I just love how they look like the teepee you build when starting a fire.
We don’t have a fireplace, so arranging a party appetizer to look like a campfire is the closest I’ll come to cozying up around the fire. 😂
I love that you really see the Christmasy red and green when you serve them this way. So festive!
Serving #4: The Easy Peasy
No shame in this one … pile them on a plate, sprinkle some cilantro over top, and serve. Sometimes simple and easy is best, and since these tasty chicken skewers hold their own at any party, you can get away with serving them as they are.
Make sure you make lots, they won’t last long!
Mini Chicken Satay Skewers Video:
If you make these Mini Chicken Satay Skewers with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. Let me know which way you served them!
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¼ cup each: rice wine vinegar and soy sauce (gluten-free, if needed)
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large red pepper, cut into ½ inch squares
- 1 cup dry roasted, salted peanuts
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons each: lime juice, soy sauce (gluten-free, if needed), palm or coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar)
- 2 garlic cloves
- Sea salt, to taste
- Place the chicken thigh pieces, rice wine, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a medium size bowl. Mix then cover with plastic wrap and place in your fridge. Let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with a little oil.
- Skewer a red pepper square and a piece of chicken on a wooden skewer. Repeat until all remaining chicken has been used. Discard the marinade. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through and is starting to brown.
- While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dipping sauce. Place all the dipping sauce ingredients into your Vitamix and blend on high until very smooth. Taste and season with salt, if needed.
- Serve the chicken satay skewers in one of the 4 ways in the blog post.