Java Peanut Satay Chicken Instant Pot

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Java Peanut Satay Chicken Instant Pot

Indonesian Satay Chicken
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indonesian
Keyword: Peanut Satay Chicken Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4 -5
Calories: 376kcal
Author: Rosie


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 stalk lemongrass chopped finely
  • 1 small onion
  • 2- inch piece of ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresh small red chili
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated palm sugar use brown sugar if you do not have
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind
  • 1 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 8 chicken thigh skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ cup chicken stock


  • From the lemongrass remove the outer skin and chop finely
  • Use a food processor or a hand stick blender to process the lemongrass plus chopped or diced, onion, garlic, ginger, and chili. 
  • Also, chop finely one kafir lime leaf if you have it (remove the middle vein and dice finely the rest of the two sides of the leaf.
  • Add in the oil and blitz into a paste. If it is not wet enough add 1or 2 tablespoons of water to wet up the paste so that it just a little bit runny.
  • Then add all the rest of the ingredients (except chicken stock) to the blitz paste and stir to mix well.
  • Now add the chicken stock (with about 1 tablespoon of the blitzed paste) and mix to the instant pot bowl, followed by the chicken and the last remaining kafir lime leaves.
  • In order to stop the instant pot from giving a burning warning keep the peanut sauce blitz off the bottom of the instant pot
  • Then using a spoon put half of the peanut sauce on top of the chicken
  • Cook for 20 mins on low pressure and 10 mins natural release
  • After cooking scrape the peanut sauce off the top of the chicken and mix into the chicken stock that remains in the instant pot bowl.  Then take out the chicken.
  • Also, add the rest of the peanut sauce mix into the instant pot bowl.
  • If it is too runny – take out the chicken and turn on the instant pot to sauté and reduce the sauce till it is slightly thicker. 
  • This is more a personal choice as to how thick you want the chicken sauce.


Freezes Well


Calories: 376kcal