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What To Serve With Chicken Satay – 42 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your chicken satay, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 42 of the most popular side dishes for chicken satay.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with chicken satay are coconut ginger rice, spicy peanut noodles, Asian slaw, and cucumber salad. You can also serve sweet potato curry, roti canai, broccolini, gado gado, or Thai mango salad. For an unusual but tasty option, try grilled vegetable couscous.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Crunchy Asian slaw

This slaw is a colorful way to add some crunch to your meal.

Instead of the usual mayo-dressing, everything is coated with a sweet-and-sour Asian-style dressing that has a spicy kick to it courtesy of the chili paste.

Why we love this recipe: you can pretty much add any vegetables you want to this, as long as you can shred them.

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Coconut ginger rice

Rice is a standard side for a chicken satay meal – but it doesn’t have to be plain.

Instead, you can try something like this coconut ginger rice – the flavor combination of creamy coconut milk, zesty lime, and sharp ginger is the perfect complement to the salty-sweet chicken satay.

Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy but tasty dinner ideal for a busy weeknight.

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Lemon garlic broccolini

In a rush?

Look no further than this lemon garlic broccolini – it’s sweeter than broccoli, plus you don’t have to spend any time chopping it. 

And most importantly, this dish has a bright, clean flavor that won’t overpower your chicken satay. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a great source of calcium, fiber, and magnesium.

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Thai cucumber salad

No time to chop a whole load of vegetables for slaw?

Make this cucumber salad instead.

The cucumber will act as a refreshing palate cleanser, but don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t pack a punch – because it definitely does.

Why we love this recipe: it gets better the longer your cucumber sits in the dressing.

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Sweet potato coconut curry soup

Serve your chicken satay with this curry soup for the ultimate Asian-inspired comfort meal. 

It’s thick and creamy so perfect for dipping a satay stick into, but head’s up – it takes a while to cook. 

The wait will be worth it once you taste it.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a one-pot wonder.

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Spicy peanut noodles

Chicken satay is normally served with a peanut dipping sauce – but with this side, you use the peanut sauce for the noodles instead.

The spice comes from some red pepper flakes and a splash of sriracha, but you can easily take these out if you don’t want any heat.

Why we love this recipe: it takes a simple ingredient (noodles) and really elevates them.

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Spicy Vietnamese pickled vegetables


Add some tang to your chicken satay with a serving of these spicy pickled vegetables.

This recipe uses carrot and daikon radishes, but you can pickle lots of things from cucumber, to bell peppers, to broccoli stems.

Why we love this recipe: this dish uses the quick pickle method – the only cooking you have to do is heating the pickling solution.

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Gado Gado

Gado gado is a delicious salad hailing from Indonesia, where chicken satay is extremely popular!

A traditional gado gado is a mix of raw, or very lightly blanched vegetables, boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, plus tempeh or tofu – and peanut sauce.

But (just like any salad) you can pick and choose what you include. 

Why we love this recipe: it stays true to tradition.

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Thai mango salad

Keep things tropical with a mango salad.

It’s perfect for summer when you want a nice juicy side.

This recipe calls for ripe mangos, but the original version uses unripe mangoes for a sharper taste.

Either are fine – it’s just generally easier to find ripe mangoes.

Why we love this recipe: it only takes 10 minutes to put together.

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Roasted vegetable couscous

We’re straying from the Asian theme here into an Israeli-inspired dish.

Roasting the vegetables brings out their sweetness, which is then counteracted by the lemon dressing. And you get a hit of earthiness from the tahini.

Psst… if you’re grilling the satay you can grill the vegetables for this as well.

Why we love this recipe: you can use any vegetables you want in it.

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Shrimp lettuce wraps

Pair your chicken satay with a couple of shrimp lettuce wraps for a unique twist on surf and turf. 

Each lettuce leaf is filled with grilled shrimp, sauteed peppers, carrots, and zucchini.

And just like chicken satay, they’re superb with peanut sauce. 

Why we love this recipe: they’re healthy but filling.

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Shrimp crackers

Taking more inspiration from Indonesian cuisine, they serve shrimp crackers (called krupuk udang) with EVERYTHING there.

And they’re great with chicken satay because they taste wonderful with the peanut dipping sauce.

Psst… make enough because they’re highly addictive.

Why we love this recipe: they’re a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Grilled chili lime butter corn

Grilling your chicken satay? Make some space for corn too!

Corn is delicious in all forms, but my favorite way to cook it is to grill it – the charred edges combined with the naturally sweet flavors is irresistible.

You can also whip up a tasty compound butter (like this recipe’s chili lime butter) for a flavor boost.

Why we love this recipe: it’s fun to eat and great for a cookout.

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Roti canai

Roti is a kind of flatbread with irresistible flaky layers.

You can load it up with your chicken satay and turn it into a wrap, but I love using it to mop up that creamy peanut sauce. 

Or you can swap the peanut sauce for a more traditional curry sauce.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a basic but detailed recipe so even beginners can get the perfect roti.

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What vegetables to serve with chicken satay?

Chicken satay works great with a mixture of grilled vegetables. It’s also great with stir-fried sugar snap peas, steamed bok choy, blistered edamame, lemon broccolini, or chili lime corn. 

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What To Serve With Chicken Satay

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your chicken satay.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken satay side dishes, what to serve with chicken satay
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 217kcal


  • 1 portion chicken satay


  • Prepare your chicken satay according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: crunchy Asian slaw, coconut ginger rice, lemon garlic broccolini, Thai cucumber salad, sweet potato coconut curry soup, spicy peanut noodles, spicy Vietnamese pickled vegetables, gado gado, Thai mango salad, roasted vegetable couscous, shrimp lettuce wraps, shrimp crackers, grilled chili lime butter corn, roti canai.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 217kcal

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