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Sesame grilled chicken

Sesame grilled chicken is flavourful and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marination time:2 hrs
Course: Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion
Keyword: Grilled Chicken, Sesame, Sesame grilled chicken
Servings: 4
Author: Gayatri Singh


For the chicken marination:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves with stalks
  • 1 tbsp fresh spring onion (scalion)
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/2 tsp green peppercorns use white and pink or red if you can't find the green.
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

For the paste:

  • 1 cup spring onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed coriander leaves, roots and stalks
  • 1 leaf sawtooth coriander
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp green peppercorns use pink/red and white if you can't find the green.
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp raw rice grains
  • 1/2 cup water

For the curry:

  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 tsp salt


For marination:

  • Using pestle mortar or a blender, make a coarse paste of all the ingredients. Marinate the chicken for 2 hours. Grill the chicken in the preheated oven 180C/350F for 18-20 minutes when you start making your gravy. Keep it aside.

For gravy:

  • Make a smooth paste of all the ingredients listed under the paste using water and keep it aside.
  • Make a rough paste of onion, garlic and red chillies.
  • Heat the groundnut oil in a wok and add the onion paste. Fry till its cooked and the rawness is gone. This should take about 5-7 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add in the green paste and cook it for 10-15 minutes till it reduced and completely cooked and you see oil coming out from sides.
  • Season it with salt and toasted sesame oil.
  • By this time your chicken should be grilled, if you want you can add the grilled chicken in the gravy and cook it for 3-5 minutes.
  • I live to serve the chicken and gravy on the side with rice or flatbreads.