Recipe for sesame chicken

Recipe for sesame chicken is delicious with all the tahini benefits.

This page was last updated on 24th September, 2020.

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How to make tahini


Two and half hours, from start to finish, that's what it takes to make this recipe for sesame chicken. In the oven, about half that time, but on the BBQ you do have to lay eggs for a while, to ensure you don't end up with a towering inferno, so perhaps an hour's work in total.

Tender and moist, delicious smokey sesame chicken flavour.

Steps one and two are easy. Get the BBQ started. I like to do it with logs from the garden, and it takes nearly an hour before the hot coals are ready. You may prefer charcoal brickettes. 

Meantime, open the chickens from the wrapping. Remove the giblets, if any, and pop half a lemon and half an onion into each chicken.

It takes exactly the same length of time to prepare this recipe for sesame chicken as for two chickens.

Recipe for sesame chicken.

Recipe for sesame chicken

Recipe for sesame chicken is so easy on the barbecue. To turn it into one of our fast healthy dinners we'll have to use the pressure cooker too; that reduces the time by two thirds.

Chicken bbq packets

Step Three

Nuke them for about fifteen minutes. Eight minutes for one chicken, depending on the weight, and how concerned you are about a little pink meat near the bone. She who must be obeyed is fussy so they get a little extra.

Chicken microwave


Step Four

Collect your favourite herbs and prepare a marinade that you will use to baste the chickens on the BBQ. I have used:

  • olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • honey (1TBSP)
  • mint
  • coriander
  • garlic
  • a few mulberries that are in season, optional.
  • Salt and black pepper.
  • Half a lemon, pulp and all.
Chicken marinade

Step Five

Grind the sesame seeds. At least a tablespoon, more if you want a strong sesame flavour.

Add the ground sesame seeds to the marinade. Mix. Sesame oil benefits ... a lot more than a delic flavour.

Sesame seeds ground

Sesame seeds are rich in a lot of healthy goodies. The oil in the seeds is very high in oleic acid, the same fatty acid that makes olive oil so good. That is the stuff that coats your nerves. No fatty myelin sheath, no conduction, tingling in arms and hands ...


They are also full of lignans. Plant material that is strongly anti-inflammatory. They are perfect to go on your recipe for sesame chicken.

Sesame chicken marinade.

Add the ground sesame seeds to your marinade and mix thoroughly. The thicker then better.

Aside: Don't use whole sesame seeds; they go straight through you, bringing no nutritional benefit, and may get stuck in any diverticuli.

Step Six

Remove the chickens from the microwave and check on the BBQ. About ready? Take chickens and marinade out to the fire.

Give a thought. Anything else to go on the grill? I'm doing a Lebanese eggplant dish today, so a raw whole aubergine.

Chicken BBQ marinade.

You may want to lay them on aluminium foil. A hard choice: aluminium is suspected of being one of the causative factors in Alzheimer's disease. However, it's not impossible that the aluminium is laid down after inflammation and plaque has already done its damage.

Rather like suspicion is pointing less and less towards cholesterol being the real villain of the peace. Generations back they lived on red meat and didn't drop dead like flies like we are on the today's Western diet.

Current thinking is that it's inflammation caused by homocysteine and a diet high in omega-6 polyunsaturated oils like sunflower and corn and soyabean oil, that is causing the inflammation, and cholesterol is laid down afterwards. Foods to reduce inflammation ... unthinkable, a cardiac surgeon recommending we get back to butter?

But then charred meat is a cancer causer. Hobson's choice.

I like to push the coals across to the far side of the grill, and place the chickens away from the coals but near the heat, so if there's a flare it won't turn into an inferno.

Step seven

After about thirty minutes, once the chicken are browned all over, then start basting this recipe for sesame chicken with your marinade. Cut a few small slits down the thighs to hasten the cooking deep in the chicken, pouring in ample quantities of your sesame - olive - lemon - herb mixture.

Keep turning the chickens, moving them closer to the heat as the coals start to die.

Recipe for sesame chicken eggplant.
Chicken eggplant grill.

Now's the moment when you have a little time on your hand. You could sit still and look into the middle distance, contemplating the meaning of life! Or you fetch your tablet or Kindle and download Bernard Preston's latests spicy novel... only 99c mind you.

Having edited A Family Affair 35 times, I'll give it the miss (a miniscule compared to Jane Austin's 130 times, all without computer, but then I don't expect anyone to be reading this thrilling, very different, love affair in 2113!), and instead take a stroll around the Garden Cathedral:

The real owners of this bit of Eden, a pair of Hadeda Ibis, are peeved off with the usurper, a lime tree flowering properly for the first time, lettuce seedlings up, a strelitzia (or "crane flower"), two different azaleas, how much raw honey can I expect from 10 hives this spring?

Spring flowers


Mm, the eggplant looks ready, let me poke it. Good, soft right through; now for some delic anti-cholesterol Baba Ghanoush to go with our Recipe for sesame chicken and a healthy green salad, full of phytosterols and the folate and minerals needed to break down that toxic homocysteine.

  • What are phytosterols?

Right, it's time to cut deep into the flesh of your chicken to make sure that it's cooked right through. Keep basting your recipe for sesame chicken too if it looks like it might be drying out.

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Dishes like this sesame chicken fit in well for those like us who have moved to a flexitarian diet; flexible with red meat only once a week, and getting most of our protein from legumes, but also fish and fowl periodically.

How to make tahini

How to make tahini is to my mind only worth considering if you are unable to purchase the Greek or Turkish original for your recipe for sesame chicken; I've tried and reluctantly agreed they know something, learned over thousands of years, that is not easily acquired.

Tahini is the basis of much Mediterranean cooking. It's a sesame seed paste that's so easy to make in your own kitchen, but not up to that made in Turkey. How to make tahini.

Chicken not quite done? Then turn it into a spatch-cock for the last five minutes.

Recipe for sesame chicken aubergine.


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