Many MANY years ago, I came across a collection of honey recipes. Now honey, I do love some honey. In that collection… one I don’t have specific recollection of (we are talking about a few decades ago), was this yummy chicken recipe that had honey… butter… soy sauce and one of my other favorite things, sesame seeds. I like to reference sources for any recipes I found somewhere and tweak, but just have no idea where this was… or even the specifics. I just remember it was good. And today, I remembered it… and how it had been forever since making it.
I have been craving something roasted with rosemary lately and grabbed a handful from my friend Hayes at his local Fat Radish Farm over the weekend. It’s been staring at me on my cutting board, so this morn, I decided to revive this old recipe, best I could remember…. and add some rosemary!
The sauce, just as I remembered, is so delish I could sip out of a cup. So without further delay, because my hot chicken awaits… here’s the recipe.. I love simple recipes that I have stuff in my pantry to throw together and this is one of them. And if you don’t keep sesame seeds in yours, DO! I keep a shaker by my stove and shake them on lots of things instead of salt. I find the best bulk prices (already roasted) at Asian grocers. But I’m also a HUGE fan of Savory Spice Shop salt free Asian Sprinkle.
That’s what I used… but just sesame seeds will be fine. If you have a Savory near you, become a frequent visitor. If not, you can order their goodies online.
Honey Kissed Rosemary Sesame Chicken
- 4 skin on breasts or leg quarters or favorite pieces
- 8 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds*
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Put chicken in shallow baking pan.
- Combine honey, butter, soy sauce and rosemary. Pour over chicken.
- Sprinkle half the seeds (or Asian Sprinkle) over top of chicken. Bake for about 45 minutes. Baste every 15 minutes. It's not necessary, but I turn after top side is browned and sprinkle the remaining seeds on the other side to brown that side too!