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Spicy Tahini Baked Chicken

Thursday, 21 May 2009

I fell in love with tahini sauce after making the yummy Warm Butternut Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing. The nutty flavour is just irresistible. Ever since then, I've been putting it in almost everything, from stews, stir-fries to even soups! I even had it with linguine. After awhile, the wild boar started complaining about my obsessive use of tahini which I ignored and soon after I think the wild boar got really sick of it and hid it in an obscure corner of the kitchen.


and this is where I keep most of my sauce...right next to the stove.


I got his hint and stopped using it for awhile. But recently I was craving for it again, so I made this dish. The wild boar did not complain and told me it was really tasty and yummy! Does that mean I can start using it more in my dishes again? =P

spicy baked tahini chicken 1


  • 6 Chicken Thighs & Drumsticks
Spicy tahini sauce:

  • 1/3 cup Tahini
  • 3 tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp freshly ground Black Peppercorn
  • 1/2 tbs Red Chilli Flakes
  • 3 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 1 Lemon's Zest
  • 1/2 Lemon's Juice
  • 3 tbs Water
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) Salt


  • In a casserole dish, whisk together all ingredients for sauce except lemon juice, water and salt.
  • Mix in lemon juice. This will thicken sauce.
  • Whisk in water, 1 tbs at a time until a smooth paste is formed.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Add chicken and mix until every piece is coated with the sauce.
  • Leave for at least 1 hr, even better overnight!
  • Bake at 200°C until done (about 30-40 mins). Juices will run clear when the chicken is pierced with a knife/ fork.
I served it with lemon couscous with roasted courgettes and raisins.

spicy baked tahini chicken

I won't be listing the detailed ingredients list and directions as I made this dish from whatever leftovers I could find. I wanted to cook a cup of couscous but found out I had only less than a cup left, so I just poured everything into a pot, used the other half of lemon's juice for it. I also found a little bag of leftover raisins, so might as well. Roasted some courgettes, mixed it in, add salt to taste and there goes my couscous dish. Couscous is extremely versatile and it's best for getting rid of leftovers.

lemon couscous with roasted courgettes and raisins

I am sending this over to Lore's Original Recipes.


44 oink oinks...:

KennyT said...

What a lovely sauces corner you have!!! LOL

Jenn said...

It's like you've got yourself a tiny little market there in that corner. I don't have as much as you do, but I wish I did. LOL.

That chicken looks very delicious. and I'm not saying that becuase I'm hungry.

Pearl said...

yum yum yum that looks so yum!

Elra said...

Delicious looking chicken. I love tahini very much. You are truly talented using tahini this way. Really sound delicious Ann! said...

Tahini is one of those things we'd love to put in more foods. This is great to have on hand!

Bunny said...

I've heard of Tahini but never used it. The chicken dish looks wonderful!

Bob said...

That sounds wicked good. I don't use tahini much, I need to break some out.

Donna-FFW said...

I LOVE your corner with all those spices and sauces. Id love to rifle through it! And this dish is just beyond delicious. Tahini is one of my favortes!

Soma said...

I love Tahini . You have used it wonderfully. & that is some Collection you have got there;-D

doggybloggy said...

love the 'spice rack' - I spend more on phone bills than on travel - maybe I will switch that and visit....

Angie's Recipes said...

A whole lots of sauces and spices......Tahini chicken looks delicious and classic.

Angie's Recipes said...

Jessica has mentioned that an "error" message has popped out and shut off the windows when she was trying to enter my page.
Did you encounter the same?

katie said...

This is so new to me. Looks great. Nutty an sweet. Can't wait to see more.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow looks droolworthy......The mat under the plate looks awesome....Hmm so many sauces...

Sophie said...

MMMMMM...What an excellent meal! Superb!

Christina Kim said...

Ooh this looks tasty!! I love tahini, and that couscous looks delicious too!

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious! The tahini sauce sounds excellent!

ttfn300 said...

don't know if i love tahini as much as you, but this certainly sounds delish :) hopefully the wild boar won't keep hiding it!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I have been wanting to try Tahini sauce but it comes in such large containers..i was afraid it would spoil. Now I have to buy some and try it with chicken. This looks and sounds fabulous!

lisaiscooking said...

That sounds like a delicious sauce for chicken, and a great use of tahini!

Ben said...

LOL, don't you love it when you get subtle hints from your family on what NOT to make for dinner. LOL. I've never had tahini but now I am intrigued with your posts. I'll have to look for it.

Olga said...

LOVE tahini. Have it on hand to make hummus.
The chicken looks great, and I'm very impressed by your sauce collection.

Grace said...

tahini is clearly the magical ingredient in hummus, and i suspect it'd have a similar effect here. excellent dish!!

Emily said...

Thanks so much for the bday wishes!

The tahini chicken and couscous look so good. I've never used tahini in anything except hummus, so this would be a great chance to expand my tahini-use. :-)

Sam said...

I've never thought to cook with tahini before, I only ever use it to make hummus. I really like the sound of this recipe though, I'm bookmarking it!

zerrin said...

Wow! Using tahini with chicken sounds fantastic! I love tahini a lot, but the dishes I know with tahini are too few. I shoould learn more from you. Thanks.

Maria said...

I love tahini! What a great meal!

Stacey said...

Yum, your couscous looks delicious! It's my favorite!

Reeni♥ said...

This reminds me I don't use tahini often enough! This looks great, especially with that delicious couscous. I bet you have some wonderful sauces in that awesome collection!

Forager said...

Looks delicious! Have you tried lemon and tahini baked fish? It's a yummy Lebanese style dish.

Lauren said...

All over that spicy tahini sauce. Just lovely! Will have to pick up some tahini and try it.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I LOVE your sauce trolley. Now that's a sign of a dedicated and prolific cook! :)

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

I love tahini, have not thought it is possible to use it on chicken. Funny enough, I always seem to cook similar things with you at about the same time.I have made couscous last week and went with fish.

pigpigscorner said...

Kenny, Jenn, Donna, Soma, doggybloggy, Angie, Kitchen Flavours, Olga, Reeni, Lorraine: I think I'm addicted to buying sauces. I even have some unopen ones in the cabinet =P

Pearl: Thank you =) it was really yummy!

Elra: Thank you =) I'm addicted to tahini. It makes the dish very creamy and nutty.

duodishes: Glad to find out about tahini and I think it's quite versatile as compared to some other sauces.

Carol: You should try tahini! It adds a lot of flavour to a dish.

Bob: It's really creamy and nutty...yum yum!

Katie: The flavours are lovely..and it's spicy!

Sophie: Thank you =)

Christina: Both dishes were really yummy, thank you =)

Natasha: Thank you =) The sauce was really yummy, I was so cose to licking the plate =P

fftn300: I'll try to use it less often so he won't keep hiding it =P

Katherine: My tahini has been sitting at room temperature for months and it still looks fine. Or you can use it in more dishes to get rid of it =P

Lisa: Thank you =) the sauce was really creamy and nutty..yum yum

Ben: hehe..yea, I find it raelly funny when I found the hidden

Grace: Thank you =) I've never actually made hummus with it! That'll be in to-do list.

Emily: You should definitely expand your tahini use! I find it quite versatile but I have some failures as well.

Sam: I hope you'd like it too!

zerrin: tahini makes a really creamy and lovely sauce for the chicken. Even better after baking.

Maria: Thank you =)

Stacey: Thank you =) I love couscous versatile.

Forager: Lemon and tahini baked fish sounds wonderful! 'll try it next time =) Thanks! more ideas on using tahini =P

Lauren: Thank you =) Hope you like it too!

@ pigpigscorner said...

Janet: We think alike and have the same taste =)

Christelle said...

Love the ofinal pic in particular, and I love how you made t6he dish. Fab idea to use tahini, I'm conquered :)

Lore said...

Lol, the wild boar is anything but subtle :). The dish looks delicious, I've never tried using tahini with chicken but I definitely like the idea!
Thanks for sharing it with the Original Recipes Round-Up :)

Kevin said...

That chicken sounds tasty!

pigpigscorner said...

Christelle: Thank you =) Tahini makes a good marinade and sauce! Love the nuttiness of it.

Lore: No problem =) Can't wait to see all the yummy recipes at the round-up!

Kevin: The sauce with tahini was really tasty!

Chef E said...

I might have mine out like that if I had counter space, but otherwise beware post it note on the cabinet when you open. I know where everything in there is and just reach in! I love the recipe here...I love sesame seeds, and tahini, so this would go over well at my table! Couscous too!

mycookinghut said...

Love couscous.. and this paring is great!

pigpigscorner said...

Elizabeth: I love my sauces out like this, I can reach for anything anytime while cooking =) I love tahini too and I can't wait to cook this again!

Leemei: The couscous was a last minute thing and it went with the chicken quite well I think.

Roe said...

Made the Tahini Chicken last night for dinner and it turned out great. Very Tasty and super easy to prepare.

Spicy Tahini said...

even adding tomatoes or pickled red hot peppers to the tahini (and blend them off course) gives them such a lovely twist that they are very hard to resist as a sauce, topping or even a dip.

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