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Benne Seed Chicken

Yield Makes 4 servings
Prep: 10 min., Chill: 2 hrs., Bake: 55 min. Benne seeds, another name for sesame seeds, are widely used in many Southern dishes, especially in the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry.


  • 4 Chicken Leg-Thigh Quarters, skinned (about 2 lb.)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • Garnishes: lemon slices, tomato slices

How to Make It

  1. Place chicken in a shallow dish or large zip-top plastic freezer bag.

  2. Process quartered onion, 2 Tbsp. sugar, and next 7 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides; pour over chicken. Cover or seal, and chill 2 hours.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over chicken; place in a lightly greased shallow roasting pan.

  4. Bake at 375º for 50 to 55 minutes or until done. Garnish, if desired.