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Benne Seed Chicken

Yield 4 servings


  • 4 chicken leg-thigh quarters (about 2 pounds), separated
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup benne seeds
  • Garnish: lemon slices

How to Make It

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

  2. Process onion and next 9 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. Place chicken in a lightly greased shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with benne seeds.

  4. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes on each side or until done. Garnish, if desired.