Satay Chicken Stir-Fry – Only 5 Ingredients

You need this ‘5-ingredients satay chicken stir-fry’ recipe in your weeknight repertoire! It is very flavourful and takes under 30 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for those nights when you contemplate getting a take-out.

Satay Chicken Stir-Fry - Only 5 Ingredients

As much as I enjoy cooking at home, meal preparation after work can be a real struggle! There were days when all I want to do after work  is to lay on a couch in my pajamas watching Netflix and getting take-out.

Who else feels the same way?

Maybe this is not the type of confession I should make to you after all I am writing a food blog on fuss free cooking?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against getting take-out. I choose to see take-out as a treat instead of a necessity.

Make Your Own Malaysian Satay Paste - Only 3 Ingredients |

In this moment of “weakness”, ready made paste and sauces seemed like a rosy option from reaching for the takeaway menu.

As a continuation of my last post which was on how to make your own satay paste with only 3 ingredients, this post is to show you how I put the satay paste into good use. It has been quite a hit in my household for it makes my weeknight stir-fry looks like a million bucks (in my head anyway) and my beloved has finished every last drop of sauce on his plate!

Satay Chicken Stir-Fry – Only 5 Ingredients

Feed 2 - 3 people

Satay Chicken Stir-Fry – Only 5 Ingredients


  • 1 small brown onion, chopped
  • 500g /18oz chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite size
  • 2 - 3 Tbsps satay paste - to taste
  • 1 red capsicum (about 200g/7oz), deseeded and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Garnish (optional):
  • Coriander, chopped
  • Fresh chill, thinly sliced
  • Lime wedges


  1. In a 26cm (10-inched) non-stick pan, add cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add chopped brown onion and cook until slightly brown on the edges and translucent.
  2. Add chicken pieces and stir to mix with the onion. Brown chicken on both sides over medium heat.
  3. Turn the heat to low and add satay paste. Stir to mix with the chicken mixture for about 10 seconds.
  4. Add capsicum and stir to mix with the pan mixture. Cook for a further 10 seconds.
  5. Stir in the coconut milk and cook over low-medium heat until the sauce is bubbling and thickened. Check for taste. Add salt if required.
  6. It is optional but you can garnish with chopped coriander, fresh chilli and/or lime wedges just before serving. Serve immediately with rice.

Satay Chicken Stir-Fry - Only 5 Ingredients


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7 thoughts on “Satay Chicken Stir-Fry – Only 5 Ingredients

  1. Thank you for the inspiration! Yes, inspiration because I doubled the meat & then realized that I only had half of the red curry paste for a single. Luckily my pantry is stocked with plenty of “what nots” to use in a pinch. Dinner was a sucess!

  2. I don’t have a blender or food processor to make the satay paste you used. what quantities would I use for this recipe of the red curry paste, peanut butter and sugar (without making the paste first)

    • Dear Sharon,

      Thank you for your interest in the recipe. I’ll say about 2 Tbsps of red curry paste and 2 Tbsps peanut butter. Mix them really well together in a bowl. Add oil or water (if you want to be healthy) to help with the mixing if needed.
      I hope this helps, Sharon!

      x Emily

  3. I’ve made this twice now, the first time it turned out too hot for me, that thai red curry paste really packs a punch! I made it again tonight with less of the red curry paste and it was delicious! I’m definitely adding this on to my regular recipes. BTW, I have tried so many recipes before this for a chicken satay curry style meal and this is the best one by far!! so many disappointments in the past and now I’ve found a recipe that really hits the mark. thanks for posting it!

    • Thank you for trying my recipe and like it enough to try it twice! I also appreciate the time you took to leave me such a wonderful feedback. Your comment has really brightened my otherwise gloomy and rainy day in Melbourne. 🙂 x Emily

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