My Mom didn’t make baked chicken (gà nướng) often, but when she did, boy, was it good!  Her favorite cut of chicken was always the wing, and I can’t argue with that!  The smallest cut soaks up the most flavor…I guess that’s why I have a weakness for wings (and anything tasty really – pig).

So why the heck did I go with quarter legs?  Well, they were on sale for only $0.89 cents a pound, and wings were $2.49!  The power of cheap compels me!  The power of cheap compels me!  Thighs are my second favorite cut anyway, so I knew I couldn’t really go wrong (even though wings would’ve been better)!

For the best flavor, you’ll want to marinate the chicken overnight, but if you’re crunched for time like I was, marinate it at least an hour prior to baking, and you should be fine.  It’ll get more flavorful as it sits.

Marinate 4 leg quarters with:
1 onion (chopped)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
3 tsp soy sauce
½ cup oyster sauce
salt & pepper
sesame seeds

Sesame Soy Chicken Ingredients

Sesame Soy Chicken Chopped Onions & Garlic

1)  Wash the chicken, and pat it dry with a paper towel.  Remove excess fat, and cut a few slits on each piece, so it can soak up the marinade.  I had the butcher separate the legs and thighs for me.

Sesame Soy Chicken Quarter Legs

Sesame Soy Chicken Leg

2)  Place the chicken in a baking dish.  Lightly sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt (about a teaspoon) and cracked pepper. Rub it in with one hand.  Keep the other hand free to touch/add other ingredients.

Sesame Soy Chicken Leg Quarters

3)  Drizzle soy sauce onto both sides of the chicken, and rub that in as well.

Sesame Soy Chicken Marinated

3)  Add the garlic, onions, soy sauce, and oyster sauce.  Mix it all up, and be sure to get the marinade into the slits.  Push the onions & garlic into it.  Cover with foil, and place it in the fridge for at least an hour.  Again, overnight is best.

Sesame Soy Chicken Marinade Sesame Soy Chicken Marinating

5)  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 45 minutes covered.  After that, remove the foil, and turn up the temperature to 400 degrees.  Bake for another 15 minutes uncovered.

Sesame Soy Chicken Baked Baked Sesame Soy Chicken

6)  Finally, turn the oven up to a high broil, and place it under the broiler until the skin gets brown and crispy.  This should only take about 5 minutes.

Sesame Soy Chicken Broiling

Sesame Soy Chicken

Remove the chicken from the oven, and top it with toasted sesame seeds.  Serve and enjoy with white rice and greens.  Drizzle that delicious sauce over your rice, and be sure to scoop up plenty of those onions bits.

Sesame Soy Chicken & Rice

I love you, Mommy!

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  • 99 cents

    Thank you! Like you, I went for price. 99¢ per pound for drumsticks got me. So now I got a bunch of drumsticks with no place to go. Fried chicken tonight sesame soy chicken tomorrow. I’m marinating now. Thanks again!

    • the how to duo

      Fried chicken sounds delicious! We hope you enjoy tomorrow’s dinner!

  • Super easy

    I tried this last night and it came out great. Totally idiot proof. And believe me, I’m an idiot when it comes to the kitchen. Like who forgets the sesame seeds for “sesame soy chicken”? I ended up putting drops of sesame oil right before I broiled it (cuz that’s when I realized). Let’s not talk about how long it took me to figure out the broiler. Or how my pan was way too big to begin with. But even after all that it was still scrumptious.

    • the how to duo

      Glad you liked it, and thanks for giving us the idea of putting sesame oil on the chicken! Brilliant!

  • Again

    Having this again tonight.

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