New Mexican Style Satay


New Mexican Style Satay

Spicy Grilled Skewers with a Southwestern Twist

In the vibrant and flavorful world of New Mexican cuisine, we have taken the beloved Indonesian dish of Satay and given it a delicious Southwestern twist. This fusion recipe combines the smoky flavors of the grill with a spicy and tangy marinade, resulting in a mouthwatering dish that will transport your taste buds to the heart of New Mexico.

Jan Dec

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, High-protein, Paleo-friendly


Vegan, Vegetarian, Nut-free, Egg-free, Soy-free


While the original Indonesian Satay is traditionally made with a peanut sauce, our New Mexican adaptation replaces it with a zesty and spicy marinade that incorporates local ingredients such as chili peppers, lime, and cilantro. The grilling method remains the same, but the flavors are uniquely New Mexican, adding a fiery kick to this beloved dish. We alse have the original recipe for Satay, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 250 kcal / 1046 KJ
  • Fat: 10g (Saturated Fat: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g (Sugars: 8g)
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 1g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, minced jalapeno pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create the marinade.
  2. 2.
    Add the chicken strips to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  3. 3.
    Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated chicken strips onto the soaked wooden skewers.
  5. 5.
    Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken breast — Make sure to cut the chicken into thin strips to ensure even cooking and maximum flavor absorption from the marinade.
  • Jalapeno pepper — Adjust the amount of minced jalapeno pepper according to your desired level of spiciness. Remove the seeds for a milder flavor.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra smoky flavor, consider using a charcoal grill instead of a gas grill.
  • Serve the New Mexican Style Satay with a side of fresh salsa or guacamole for a complete Southwestern experience.
  • If you prefer a milder version, reduce the amount of chili powder and jalapeno pepper in the marinade.
  • Soaking the wooden skewers in water prevents them from burning on the grill.
  • Make a double batch of the marinade and reserve some for dipping sauce.

Serving advice

Serve the New Mexican Style Satay as a main course alongside a fresh salad or grilled vegetables. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for an extra burst of flavor.

Presentation advice

Arrange the grilled skewers on a platter, garnished with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs. Serve with colorful side dishes to create an enticing and visually appealing presentation.