Chicken Satay + Grilled Zucchini (Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Nut Free)

With Fourth of July weekend coming up I bet you’re looking for a killer BBQ recipe! How about you change up the usual burger and hot dog menu for these delicious Chicken Satay! Paire with grilled zucchini it’s the perfect spread for your summer party.

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What is different about THIS recipe… well… for one it’s a NIGHTSHADE free satay. All the warm, yummy spices, juicy chicken and charred bits without possibly inflammatory nightshades. The chicken is also marinated in good fats like avocado and coconut oil. The lemon tahini sauce is made dairy and nut free. For an authentic satay experience that is Made Whole!


Chicken Satay + Grilled Zucchini (Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Nut Free)

Marinated chicken, grilled summer squash, toasty and tangy sauce!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Method: grilling


For the Satay:

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 teaspoon fine Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon ground toasted cumin

2 tablespoons coconut oil or lard

1 tablespoon coconut vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

For the Zuccini:

3 small zucchini, halved lengthwise

1 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil

pinch of fine Himalayan salt

For the Sauce:

Juice of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons tahini (or sunflower seed butter)

1 tablespoon coconut aminos

1/2 teaspoon fish sauce

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

Special Equipment:



Cut each chicken thigh lengthwise into two or three strips, then cut the strips in half to make thumb-sized chunks. Place the chicken chunks, salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin, coconut oil, vinegar and sesame oil in a large bowl. Mix well, cover and set in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour or up to 3 days.

If you are using bamboo or wooden skewers, soak them in water 20 minutes before grilling. Thread four of five pieces of marinated chicken onto each skewer and set aside.

Pre-heat the grill to high heat (450F).

While the grill heats, prepare the zucchini and tahini sauce: Brush the zucchini with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Place on a tray or cutting board that’s large enough to hold everything after cooking.

Place all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth and well combined. Set aside.

When the grill has come to temperature, place the skewers on the hottest part of the grill and close the lid. Cook undisturbed for 3 minutes. Open the lid and turn the skewers over with tongs. Put the zucchini cut side down on the other side of the grill. Close the lid and lower the heat to 400F. You may have to crack the lid periodically for temperature control.  Grill for 5 to 8 minutes, until the chicken has a nice char to it and the internal temperature reaches 175F. Flip the zucchini once halfway through. Remove the skewers and zucchini from the grill and place everything on the tray or cutting board.

Drizzle the tahini sauce over everything or serve on the side for dipping.

Store leftover skewers and sauce in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat the chicken, quickly sear in a hot skillet for 5 minutes


Substitutions: To make this recipe AIP compliant, omit the pepper and sesame oil from the satay and use another sauce (Ginger sauce from the cookbook, or use coconut butter instead of tahini).


  • Serving Size: 2 skewers + 1 zucchini
  • Calories: 344
  • Fat: 19.3
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 2.8
  • Protein: 34.2

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11 Replies to “Chicken Satay + Grilled Zucchini (Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Nut Free)”

  1. I love chicken satay but haven’t had it in so many years. I cannot wait to try your version, it looks and sounds amazing!!!

  2. This sounds so perfect for the summer! I love when you can just throw everything on the grills for a complete dinner.

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