Sesame-Lemon Chicken

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed (2 to 2 1/2 pounds)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped (about 8 cups)

1 cucumber, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

2 cups lightly salted pita chips, crushed


  1. Preheat the broiler. Make the rub: Combine the sesame seeds, lemon zest, thyme, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a spice grinder; pulse until the seeds are slightly cracked. Season the chicken with salt and all but about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the rub. Set skin-side down on a broiler pan and broil, flipping the chicken and rotating the pan halfway through, until the chicken is golden and a meat thermometer registers 170 degrees F, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Make the dressing: Mix 1 tablespoon of the reserved rub, the lemon juice, vinegar, and salt to taste in a bowl. Whisk in the olive oil. When the chicken is done, whisk 1 tablespoon of the pan drippings into the dressing. Add the lettuce, cucumber, tomato and pita chips; season with salt and pepper and toss. Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon rub and serve with the salad. 
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