10 Things To Serve With Chicken Satay - Find Your Inspiration!

Updated on 
7 April, 2023

10 Things To Serve With Chicken Satay - Find Your Inspiration!

If you are craving chicken satay for a mid-week satisfying meal, you can easily make this fakeaway at home, simply using marinated chicken grilled and skewered to make chicken satay kebabs.

However, when it comes to sides, people can often be stuck when it comes to what they should eat with chicken satay. To help you out, we've put together the ultimate list of sides to have with your chicken satay below.

5 Things To Serve With Chicken Satay

Is Chicken Satay Good For Weight Loss?

Chicken satay is often considered to be quite indulgent due to its high-fat ingredients such as coconut milk and peanut butter, this thick sauce is mostly used for dipping or as a condiment on chicken skewers. 

That being said, you can make chicken satay healthier by using lower-fat coconut milk and making it home to control sugar levels. In moderation, you can happily have chicken satay once in a while and still lose weight.

The 10 Best Sides To Have With Chicken Satay

Chicken satay can be eaten with sides such as chips, rice and couscous, to give you some more inspiration, we've listed some great sides to have with this meal below.

Coconut Rice 

Coconut rice is a sticky side which compliments chicken satay well, this rice is also a traditional pairing to have with satay in Asia.

To make coconut rice healthier, we suggest using lower-fat coconut milk, since the satay sauce itself is quite high in fat.

Egg Noodles 

Egg noodles are once again a traditional and tasty side dish to have with chicken satay, they are a great source of carbohydrates and provide a great chewy texture with the creamy peanut sauce. Enjoy with stir-fried veggies for a wholesome meal.

Roasted Veggies 

Roasted veggies are a no-fail kind of side to have with satay chicken, full of nutrients, you could try roasting them in spices or honey for a sweet finish, these would also go nicely on chicken satay skewers.

Cucumber & Mango Salad 

With the creamy coconut milk in the peanut dipping sauces, this sauce can be very rich in fat, a refreshing crisp cucumber salad would therefore pair nicely with the salty-sweet chicken satay. 

You could also include pickled vegetables for sharpness. 

Roasted Vegetable Couscous 

If you're making spicy chicken satay skewers, you can easily make this dish more summery on the BBQ by pairing it with some roasted vegetable couscous.

Be cautious when adding oil or butter to couscous since this adds extra calories/syns if you are dieting.

Lemon Garlic Broccolini 

Broccolini pairs nicely with Asian dishes since it is more tender and easier to stir fry, this would be a great side paired with some lemon and garlic for extra flavour.

Try sprinkling some lemon garlic broccolini with sesame seeds when serving with the chicken satay.

Slimming World Chips 

A great side dish for chicken satay skewers is air fryer chips, these chips are also syn free if you're following the slimming world plan.

Simply cut up your potatoes, boil for around three minutes, spray with oil and sprinkle with spices then pop in the air fryer for around 20 minutes turning once.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes 

Chicken satay meal pairs nicely with roasted sweet potatoes, you can sprinkle these with spices and roast them with veggies for more nutrition. You could also make sweet potato wedges with would go great with chicken satay stick kebabs.

Zucchini Noodles

A healthier alternative to your standard noodles with chicken satay, Zucchini noodles can be made easier with a peeler or spiraliser, then fry them in a bit of oil or salt to add flavour to the zoodles. 

If you're dieting, these are low in carbs and calories, allowing you to enjoy your satay sauce without worrying about the extra calories, it's also a great way to pack extra veggies into your meal!

Cauliflower Rice

Coconut rice recipe options can often be quite high in calories and fat, and in addition to the high-fat satay sauce, this can make your whole meal quite unhealthy. 

But if you're still craving a rice textured base to your peanut dipping sauce we suggest making a low-carb cauli rice alternative. All you need is some ground cauliflower which you can fry up in some extra spices and spray oil for flavour.

Our Healthy Chicken Satay & Rice Recipe

One of the most traditional sides for chicken satay is rice, but if you're looking to make your overall fakeaway healthier, we have an excellent recipe for you to try out below which serves two people. 


  • Two chicken breasts. 
  • 80g of fat-free plain yoghurt. 
  • Four tablespoons of satay sauce. 
  • Ginger, garlic and chilli chopped (around a pinch each).
  • Chilli powder and turmeric (pinch).
  • A squeeze of lime. 
  • Low cal cooking spray.


  1. Begin by mixing your ginger, garlic, spices, lime juice and yoghurt to make a marinade for the chicken. 
  2. After a few hours heat the oven to 180 degrees then thread your chicken pieces onto skewers, and add some fresh peppers and onion for extra veggies. 
  3. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Frequently Asked Questions About What To Serve With Chicken Satay

What vegetables go best with satay?

Most people use broccoli, onion, peppers, sugar snap peas and any other kinds of stir fry veggies with chicken satay.

What condiments are in chicken satay?

Peanut butter, soy sauce and curry powder are the main ingredients in chicken satay sauce.

How do you eat satay?

Most people eat chicken satay on skewers by dipping them into the satay sauce and then eating them, some chicken kebabs might be marinated in the sauce too.

How many sticks of satay per person?

By standard, most people have three sticks of satay per person on top of rice.

Is satay served hot or cold?

Chicken satay is typically served hot or warm, the sauce can become too thick and gloopy when served cold.

Is there a difference between satay and peanut sauce?

No, satay sauce and peanut sauce are essentially the same although peanut sauce is often thicker since it is used for dipping, the sauce consists of coconut milk, peanut butter, spices and soy sauce.

Last Words

Overall, chicken satay is a great fakeaway to make at home, the most traditional side dish for chicken satay is coconut rice, but other options like chips, roasted potatoes, couscous and simple salads also make a tasty option. 

To make your meals lighter, you can always swap out rice for cauliflower rice, or noodles for zucchini noodles.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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