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Thai Chili Beer Chicken in Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce

Thai Chili Beer Chicken in Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce

This is 100% because I’m clumsy. You’d think that an actual grown-up human person would be able to eat chicken off stabby things, I mean SKEWERS, without actually stabbing themselves. But you would be wrong. I have several stabby thing related injuries and I’m trying not to add to this list while in the midst of a global pandemic. 

Normal people would just avoid eating things off tiny swords, but I have instead modified dishes that involve swords like utensils to remove them from the equation. Because I need to not joust with my face right now. 

If you don’t have the issues with inept fine motor skills that I do, I hope you still like this dish. It’s all the good stuff about chicken satay without the risk of injury, however low that might be in your house. it’s low-risk chicken and I really just need that right now. 

Thai Chili Beer Chicken in Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Servings 4 servings


For The Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 cup beer pale ale, IPA, pilsner
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil or olive oil

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup (64g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon (25g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon (32g) Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) sriracha (plus additional to taste)
  • 2 large cloves garlic grated with a Microplane
  • 2 tablespoons beer pale ale, IPA, pilsner
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 red chili thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • Rice for serving


  • Add beer, chili powder, soy sauce, and curry paste to a large Ziploc bag or a resealable container.
  • Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt, add them to the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for one hour and up to 12.
  • Remove from the marinade, pat dry.
  • Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet until thin and shimmery, add the chicken, searing on both sides until cooked through.
  • While the chicken cooks, make the sauce.
  • Add the coconut milk, peanut butter, fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, curry paste, vinegar, sriracha, garlic, and beer to a pot over medium-high heat. Cook until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the lime juice.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken, allow to simmer for about a minute, then remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle with chilies and cilantro.
  • Serve with rice.

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Michael Terry June 20, 2020 um 9:41 pm

5 stars
Made this last weekend, it was delicious, probably the yummiest thing I have ever made. Will definitely be making again


Reema April 21, 2021 um 7:05 pm

5 stars
Excellent recipe, and a new go-to!


Miss Kriss January 10, 2022 um 8:02 pm

5 stars
I love Thai food. Over a decade ago, I was fortunate enough to live in Bangkok for three wonderful years. I travelled all over, and lived and ate my way around the various regions, taking cooking classes wherever I could. Today, in the foggy chilly weather of Oregon, I found myself really missing that amazing country, its people, history, and all that glorious food. This recipe was so incredibly good, and exactly what I needed today. I used an IPA from the local brewery I work at, and it will definitely be a regular occurrence when cooking at home. I added a few tweaks of my own like kafir lime leaves to the marinade, and fried up some shallots, peppers, minced garlic and ginger to go over the chicken with the sauce. Thank you so very very much!


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