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Sesame chicken thighs with bok choy and plums

We all love to BBQ in the summer, but the same old burgers, hot dogs, and steak can get old quickly. Graham Elliot has a tasty chicken thigh recipe that will make you love the BBQ again! 



For the chicken things and glaze:

  • Peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sambal chili
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped lime zest
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the bok choy and plums:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (aged soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 heads bok coy, trimmed
  • 4 plums, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Salt


  1. For the chicken, pour enough peanut oil into a saucepan to cover the bottom and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the garlic, shallot, ginger, and chili sauce, stirring, just until aromatic.
  3. Add the soy sauce and stir to scrape up any bits sticking to the pan.
  4. Add the vinegar, mirin, honey, fish sauce, and sriracha and bring to a gentle simmer.
  5. Dissolve the sugar in the lime juice and add to the pan. Simmer the glaze for four to five minutes, until it comes together. 
  6. Fold in the chives, cilantro, lime zest, and sesame seeds. Stir to mix and then remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Set the glaze aside, covered until needed.
  8. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and rub them with olive oil
  9. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill so that the heating elements or coals are medium-hot. If possible, use wood to cook this dish.
  10. Grill the thighs for eight to ten minutes on each side brushing them several times with the glaze.
  11. When the thighs are cooked through, dunk them in the glaze and then return them to the grill.
  12. Cook for a minute or two or until the skin is charred and tacky.
  13. Meanwhile for the bok choy and plums, in a large bowl whisk the olive oil, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add the bok choy and toss them with the dressing
  14. Put the bok choy on the grill and cook for about two minutes or until the leaves begin to wilt and char. Using tongs, remove the bok choy from the grill and toss them in a bowl with the plums and sesame seeds. Season with salt.
  15. Serve the thighs with the bok choy placed on top.

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