Spicy Tahini Baked Chicken

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