Sesame Roasted Chicken Thighs is a meaty cousin of Sesame Cauliflower! Crispy on the outside and Juicy on the inside these grilled sesame chicken thighs are super-duper-delicious.
I like cooking with Chicken Thighs more than Chicken Breast. Although it's dark meat but its way more juicier than chicken breasts.
Flavorful and Healthy dinner - Hit with the family!
Roasted Sesame Chicken Thighs are the perfect and a easy dinner idea. These roasted chicken thighs goes well with almost any veggies or sides.
I am rooting for some healthy sides like Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad or Broccoli Mac and Cheese but you can choose your pick. I suggest checking out these Mexican Side Dishes and these 50 Tasty Ham Side Dishes as well.
This recipe for grilled sesame chicken thighs uses very few but fresh ingredients.
- bone-in & skin-on chicken thighs
- sesame oil or toasted sesame oil
- lime juice and lime zest
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- chopped parsley or chopped cilantro or thyme or any herbs you like
- white sesame seeds
- hot sauce (see my homemade hot sauce recipe)
- tahini (see my homemade tahini recipe)
- freshly ground black pepper
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Sesame Roasted Chicken Thighs
- STEP 1: Make the marinade. Combine Sesame Oil, Lime Juice, Lime zest, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chopped Parsley, White Sesame Seeds, Tahini, Hot sauce, salt, and Freshly ground black pepper in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- STEP 2: Transfer the chicken thighs and the marinade to a ziplock bag. Seal the bag. Shake well. Refrigerate for 30-minutes or an hour.
- STEP 3: Transfer chicken thighs to a non-stick grill pan or on a gas grill. Brush the grill pan with some sesame oil. Place the chicken thighs skin side on the top. Grill on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Use kitchen tongs to flip them. Cook the other side until you get those gorgeous grill marks or the chicken thighs reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F. This post is some-what inspired from Food Network. Check out their recipe and see how to do it on a charcoal grill or a gas grill.
Find this boring:
Try some other chicken thigh recipe:
- Apricot Chicken Thighs
- Greek Lemon Chicken Thighs
- Blackened Chicken Thigh
- Chicken Thighs in Mushroom Garlic Sauce
- Chicken Thighs in Garlic Parm Sauce
How to roast chicken in a cast iron skillet?
I love my cast-iron skillet. It costed me just $30 and it's been my favorite utensil in the kitchen.
To roast chicken thighs in a cast-iron skillet,
- first preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C)
- Rub chicken with the marinade. Place it on the cast-iron skillet.
- Transfer skillet to the hot preheated oven. Immediately reduce the heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- Bake for 22-24 minutes. cooking time largely depends on the size of the chicken. The rule says it takes 11-12 minutes per pound. Therefore if you are using 2 lbs chicken it should take you 22-24 minutes.
- Check the internal temperature of chicken using a meat thermometer. You'll be sure that your chicken is thoroughly cooked (not overcooked) when it reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.
- brown sugar - Although you must avoid it if you are making a low carb chicken recipe. But, definitely add in one teaspoon or one tablespoon depending on your liking for better taste and flavor.
- rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar - I like lime juice for acidity. But, in case you don't have lime then you can use rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
- soy sauce - dark or light soy sauce will add a tangy element to this roasted chicken dish.
- orange juice and orange zest - add some citrusy tang and zesty freshness in your one-pot chicken thighs recipe with some fresh orange juice and orange zest.
- harissa paste - although harissa is very spicy, but if you love it spicy you won't mind adding in some harissa paste as well.
- panko - although some people might argue that panko is not low carb and is high in sugar. But, if your goal is good taste with crispy chicken skin on the outside, feel free to rub your chicken thighs with some panko breadcrumbs.
- ketchup - do you or your family find the hot sauce too hot to handle? Try switching it with ketchup. Here's my homemade keto ketchup (without refined sugar) recipe.
- dijon mustard - mustard can be a good addition in this recipe. But, if you are adding mustard for that sharp taste, I would suggest you to reduce the amount of hot sauce.
More Recipes with Sesame Seeds
- Miso Sesame Udon Noodles
- Crispy Honey Sesame Shrimp
- Instant Pot Sesame Noodles
- Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu Topped With Toasted Sesame Seeds
Sesame Roasted Chicken Thighs
- 8 large chicken thighs bone-in and skin-on
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil or toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- ½ teaspoon lime zest
- 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup chopped parsley more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon salt or as per taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or as per taste
- In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade. Mix well until smooth.
- Transfer the marinade into a ziplock bag. Place the chicken thighs in the ziplock bag. Seal the top. Shake well. Transfer into a refrigerator. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
How to grill in a non-stick grill pan
- Heat a non-stick grill pan with sesame oil. Once the oil gets hot, reduce the heat to medium. Place chicken thighs skin side up. Roast for 4-5 minutes. Flip over and roast the other side as well for another 4-5 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of chicken. You will be sure that your chicken is cooked if it reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F. Allow chicken thighs to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
How to roast chicken in the oven
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Place chicken thighs in a cast-iron skillet. Transfer skillet into the oven. Close the lid. Reduce the temperature to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Bake for 22-24 minutes. Check the internal temperature of chicken thighs using a meat thermometer. It should be at 170 degrees F. Allow chicken thighs to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
How to roast chicken thighs on a gas grill or a charcoal grill
- preheat your gas grill for medium-high heat on one side. Or arrange the charcoal into a two-zone fire with the briquettes underneath just one side of the grill grate.
- Place chicken thighs on the lit side of the charcoal grill or gas grill for 2-3 minutes. Flip over and sear the other side for another 2-3 minutes or until the skin turns light golden brown but not charred.
- Move chicken thighs to the unlit side of the grill. Cover with the lid and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.
- Allow chicken thighs to rest for 5 minutes before serving.