25 min 4
Sesame Broiled Chicken Thighs
If you crave Chinese takeout as much as I do, whip up these quick and delicious sesame chicken thighs instead of reaching for your phone. The deep, nutty flavor of sesame oil tempers the sweetness of the maple syrup in this sweet and savory dish. I like to serve these with a steamed and buttered vegetable like broccoli and Cauliflower "Rice" for a filling meal. Add optional sesame seeds for a presentation to rival your local takeout joint.
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon crushed red peppers flakes
TipsOn keto, bone-in chicken thighs are preferable to boneless chicken thighs. Bone-in chicken thighs are often cheaper and sold in bulk. Stock up on bone-in thighs and, if a recipe arises where you need boneless chicken, debone the thighs and reserve the bones for homemade chicken stock.
Directions Preparing:5 minCooking:20 min
Step 1Season the chicken with the salt and pepper. Set aside.
Step 2In a bowl large enough to hold the chicken, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, garlic, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Reserve about one-quarter of the sauce.
Step 3Add the chicken thighs to the bowl, skin-side up. Submerge in the soy sauce. Refrigerate to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
Step 4Preheat the oven to broil.
Step 5Remove the chicken from the refrigerator. Place the thighs skin-side down in the baking dish.
Step 6Place the dish in the preheated oven, about six inches from the broiler. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes with the oven door slightly ajar. Turn the chicken skin-side up. Broil for about 2 minutes more.
Step 7Turn the chicken again so it is now skin-side down. Move the baking dish to the bottom rack of the oven. Close the oven door and broil for another 6 to 8 minutes.
Step 8Turn the chicken again to skin-side up. Baste with the reserved sauce. Close the oven door and broil for 2 minutes more.
Step 9Remove the chicken from the oven. With a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature. It should reach at least 165°F.
Step 10Cool the chicken for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts (per serving of 3:1)