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Ginger Chicken With Sesame – Peanut Sauce


Ginger Chicken With Sesame – Peanut Sauce – In this crisp-skinned chicken dish, full of bold, zesty flavors, chicken legs are flavored with toasted sesame oil, garlic and ginger, then roasted until golden brown.

They’re served with a creamy peanut-sesame sauce that’s spiked with even more ginger and garlic, which can be quickly whisked together while the chicken legs cook.

Be sure to save any extra sauce; it will keep for a week in the fridge and is terrific with cut-up vegetables as a snack, or spooned onto roasted or fried tofu.

Ginger Chicken With Sesame – Peanut Sauce

Prepare the chicken: In a small bowl, mix together sesame oil, salt, ginger and garlic, and smear mixture all over the chicken and underneath the skin.

Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet (or plate), preferably on a rack to allow air to circulate, and refrigerate uncovered for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Remove the rack under the chicken if you’ve used one.

If the chicken isn’t on a rimmed baking sheet, transfer it to one (you can line it with parchment to make clean-up easier, but it’s not necessary).

Pat the legs dry with a paper towel.

Drizzle chicken with the neutral oil.

Roast until the chicken is golden brown and the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pricked with a fork, 30 to 40 minutes.

While chicken is in the oven, make the peanut sauce: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and ginger until combined, then whisk in sesame oil and honey.

Add peanut butter and whisk until smooth. If the mixture is very thick (and this depends on your brand of peanut butter), whisk in a few tablespoons of cold water until it becomes a thick but pourable sauce.

Transfer chicken to a serving plate and carefully pour any pan juices on the baking sheet into the bowl with the peanut sauce.

Whisk until combined.

Taste the sauce and add more soy sauce, vinegar or honey if you’d like.

Drizzle or brush some of the peanut sauce all over chicken pieces, reserving some sauce for serving.

Garnish with scallions and serve with reserved peanut sauce.

Ginger Chicken With Sesame – Peanut Sauce Ingredients

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ginger Chicken With Sesame – Peanut Sauce

For the Chicken
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal), plus more as needed
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
3½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
1 tablespoon grape seed, safflower or other neutral oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

Ginger Chicken With Sesame – Peanut Sauce

For the Peanut Sauce
¼ cup soy sauce or tamari, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar, plus more to taste
1 small garlic clove, finely grated or minced
½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
½ cup smooth peanut butter, preferably natural

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