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This grilled peanut-free chicken satay tastes just like the Thai classic but without any peanuts. It comes together quickly and won't heat up the kitchen, making it bound to be one of your favorite grilled paleo or grilled Whole30 recipes. This peanut-free chicken satay is stinkin' delicious!

Peanut-Free Chicken Satay (Grilled, Paleo, Whole30)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword chicken satay, grilled, paleo, peanut-free, thai, whole30
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 372 kcal


  • 1 tbsp about 3 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken pieces , or about 2 1/2 pounds boneless chicken pieces
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk , stirred well
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice , juice of about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro , for garnish, if desired
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds , for garnish, if desired


  1. I highly, highly recommend an instant-read thermometer for this recipe. It will revolutionize how you cook your meat! Check out my suggested thermometer in the notes.
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until smooth. Reserve 1 cup in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Place chicken pieces in a baking dish and cover with remaining marinade, turning to coat. Marinate at least 1 hour, up to overnight, turning at least once.
  3. Lightly oil grill surface and preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 400-450º F. Place chicken pieces on grill skin-side down and cook about 5-7 minutes or until skin is browned and does not stick to grate. Flip. If cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts, cook another 2-5 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160º. If cooking legs, cook another 5-7 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160º. If cooking thighs, continue cooking another 10-12 minutes, flipping as needed, until internal temperature reaches 160º. Remove chicken pieces from grill and let rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve with plenty of reserved marinade, fresh chopped cilantro, and chopped almonds, if desired.

Recipe Notes

I recommend this instant-read thermometer

Nutrition Facts
Peanut-Free Chicken Satay (Grilled, Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 353mg15%
Potassium 410mg12%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 104IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 136mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.