Grilled Asian Sesame Chicken Thighs


Chicken thighs tend to get shoved in a corner and for no good reason at all.  They are total gems of the chicken world, in my opinion.  They don’t dry out like white meat.  They are tender, full of juice, totally affordable and so quick to cook.  Just a few of the many reasons this dish is a favorite of mine.

The marinade is devourable by itself.  But throw it on chicken thighs for a quick sear on the grill and you’ve got a bright, fresh, caramelized, sticky flavor that could stand up to any dark-meat hater.  We love to serve this one with roasted green beans and Baked Coconut Brown Rice.  An excellent, comforting-yet-light, summer meal!




Grilled Asian Sesame Chicken Thighs

note:  soy sauce can be used instead of Tamari but if you would like to ensure this recipe is gluten free be sure to use Gluten Free Tamari


2 Tablespoons Tamari

2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil

1 Tablespoon Fresh Grated Ginger root or 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 Tablespoon Chopped Cilantro + more for garnish

3 Garlic Cloves, grated or pressed

2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1 1/2-2 Pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

Toasted Sesame Seeds, for topping


In a small bowl whisk together the Tamari, fish sauce, honey, lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, ginger, cilantro, garlic and red pepper flakes until combined.  Place chicken in a resealable bag, pour the marinade over the chicken, let all air out and seal shut.  Rub the chicken around in the marinade until it is well coated all over.  Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2-6 hours.

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Place chicken on the grill and cook for 10 minutes, flipping once in between cooking, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked thru.  Serve topped with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves.  Serves 4-6.

2 thoughts on “Grilled Asian Sesame Chicken Thighs

  1. Well done! Looks delicious! I use boneless thighs in my Lebanese baked chicken and rice. So juicy and tender.

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