Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken is delicious and easy to make! Chicken breasts are marinated in sauce, and cooked on a BBQ or indoor grill pan!
Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken is delicious and easy to make! Chicken breasts are marinated in sauce, and cooked on a BBQ or indoor grill pan!

We eat a lot of chicken in our home. It is such a versatile type of food, because it can be fixed in so many different ways, with so many different flavor combos!  Recently I made this delicious, but incredibly SIMPLE recipe for Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken, and wanted to share it here.

This marinade I found in a cookbook was created for flank steak, but I thought it would taste great on chicken, as well, so I tried it! YUM! The recipe is super easy to make, and the end result is deliciously flavored chicken breasts! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are marinated for at least an hour in an easy to make marinade.

After the chicken has marinated, all you do is cook the chicken on a bbq grill or on a griddle pan in the kitchen. EASY PEASY, right? For the photos below, I cooked the marinated chicken on a cast iron grill that was placed directly over a flame on my stove.

Make The Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinade For The Chicken

Making the marinade is very simple to do. Place grated fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil, vegetable oil, minced green onion (scallions), and minced garlic cloves into a blender.

Blend these ingredients for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture is fully blended and fairly smooth.

The ingredients for the marinade are placed in a blender.Marinade ingredients for chicken are blended until well combined.

Pour (scraping the blender clean) the marinade into a large re-sealable bag or a shallow container.  Add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the marinade, and turn to coat them completely with marinade.

Seal or cover chicken, and place in refrigerator to marinate for AT LEAST 1 hour. I made mine up in the morning, so it marinated all day!

NOTE: The recipe, as written below in the printable recipe card, makes enough for 4 chicken breasts. As you can see from my photos, I only cooked 2 pieces of chicken, so I cut the marinade amount in half.

Chicken pieces are place in zip loc bag, along with the marinade.The chicken pieces are coated with the marinade, then refrigerated.

Cooking The Marinated Chicken

After marinated chicken has been in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or when you’re ready to cook it), spray a grill (off heat) with non-stick baking spray or brush with vegetable oil generously. Heat grill on medium-high temperature until it’s really hot, but not smoking.

Once the grill is really hot, carefully transfer the marinated chicken to the grill. You should hear it sizzle when it hits the grill. Once you place the chicken on the grill, do not disturb or move it. After about 8-10 minutes, carefully flip the chicken over to the other side.

How Long Do I Cook The Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken?

For THICK chicken breasts: After 8-10 minutes, the bottom of the chicken breast should be nice and golden brown. After you flip the chicken over, set a timer for 8 minutes and check for internal temperature. I used thick breasts and they took 18 minutes total to fully cook.

For THIN chicken breasts: Thin cutlet type chicken breasts will obviously cook a LOT faster than thicker ones (they may only take 3-4 minutes per side).

Marinated chicken is grilled on a hot, well-oiled grill pan.The garlic ginger sesame marinated chicken is turned over halfway through grilling time.

TIP:**Cooking times will vary due to different thicknesses of chicken breasts. Check the internal temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Chicken is done when the internal temp. is at 165° F.

Two pieces of garlic ginger sesame marinated chicken cooking on indoor grill pan.The meat thermometer says the chicken is fully cooked at 165 degrees F.

Once the marinated chicken was fully cooked, I let it “rest” for a couple minutes, to let the juices redistribute within the meat.

When it was time to serve, we had the chicken with steamed broccoli, red peppers, and cauliflower, and some rice on the side. The meal was simple, satisfying, and we loved the subtle marinade flavor on the chicken! It tasted delicious!

Flavorful garlic ginger sesame marinated chicken on plate with rice and steamed veggies.

I really hope you will consider trying this recipe for garlic ginger sesame marinated chicken. It’s an easy chicken dish to make, especially if you marinade the chicken early in the day! Hope you enjoy a truly wonderful day.

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Original source for marinade recipe: Page 501 in “The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2019”, copyright 2018, published by America’s Test Kitchen.

Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Marinating Time (minimum)
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 21 mins
 

Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken is delicious and easy to make! Chicken breasts are marinated in sauce, and cooked on a BBQ or indoor grill pan!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: marinated chicken
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 230 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger , finely grated
  • 2 stems green onion , minced
  • 3 Tablespoons garlic cloves , minced
Instructions
  1. Place grated fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil, vegetable oil, minced green onion (scallions), and minced garlic cloves into a blender. Blend these ingredients for about 30 seconds, or until mixture is fully blended and fairly smooth.

  2. Pour (scraping blender clean) the marinade into a large re-sealable bag or shallow container.  Add the chicken breasts to the marinade, and turn to coat them completely with marinade. Seal bag or cover container, and place in refrigerator to marinate for AT LEAST 1 hour.

  3. After chicken has marinated for at least an hour, spray a grill (off heat) with non-stick baking spray or generously brush with oil. Heat grill on medium-high temperature until really hot, but not smoking. Transfer chicken to the grill. It should sizzle when it hits grill. Once chicken is on grill, do not disturb or move it. After about 8-10 minutes, flip chicken over to the other side. TIP:**Cooking times will vary due to different thicknesses of chicken breasts. Check the internal temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into thickest part of the breast. Chicken is done when internal temp. is 165° F. Remove chicken from grill and let it "rest" for a couple minutes, to let juices redistribute within the meat before serving.

    For THICK chicken breasts: After 8-10 minutes, the bottom of the chicken breast should be nice and golden brown. After you flip the chicken over, set a timer for 8 minutes and check for internal temperature. I used thick breasts and they took 18 minutes total to fully cook.

    For THIN chicken breasts: Thin cutlet type chicken breasts will obviously cook a LOT faster than thicker ones (they may only take 3-4 minutes per side).

  4. Serve... and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Ginger Sesame Marinated Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 464mg13%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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