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Sesame and Ginger Grilled Chicken Recipe

Enjoy a healthy and unique summer recipe with these Grilled Ginger-Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks. Rich and savoury chicken marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, honey and green onions.

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword Grilled Chicken, Grilled Chicken Recipe, Sesame chicken
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 364 kcal
Author Omi Sido


  • 3 chicken legs cut into thighs and drumsticks you can use whichever parts you like, but they should be bone-in

For the Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root peeled and grated
  • 4 medium green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. To make the marinade, in a large plastic zipper bag, combine the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, honey, ginger, onions, sesame oil, brown sugar and sesame seeds.
  2. Add the chicken, squeeze any excess air out of the bag and seal tightly. Transfer the bag to the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes, and remove it from the fridge 20 minutes before you're going to start cooking.
  3. Prepare a grill or grill pan by spraying with a bit of canola cooking spray; heat to high.
  4. Remove chicken from the marinade. Grill 6 minutes per side, until tender and fully cooked. Garnish with a salad of your choice and serve.‚Äč

Recipe Notes

Recipe Variations
You could use this marinade recipe for preparing pork chops, steaks, and even fish or shrimp. Thin cuts of beef like skirt steak or flank steak would also work. But even with beef, marinating for more than an hour is unnecessary and can degrade the texture of the meat.