Sesame Ginger Chicken Drumsticks

Why buy Chinese takeout when you can grill an entree, add a few sides and have your own International dining experience. First, start out by marinating chicken drumsticks in Lawry’s Sesame Ginger marinade for several hours.When you are ready to grill, begin with a hot grill. To ensure the temperature is hot enough, hold you hand over the coals and count to three. When you can do this, the grill will be at the proper temperature. Next, set the grill up for indirect cooking by pushing the coals to one side and place a drip pan on the non-coal side. Be sure to place a small amount of water in the pan to prevent the dripping grease from splattering and hitting the hot coals and creating flare up. As always, you want to clean and oil the cooking grate before placing the drumsticks on the indirect side over the drip pan.

Grill the drumsticks for 17 minutes covered, flip and repeat. Next, you want to get a little color and char on the drumsticks. To do this, grill them on the direct side over the coals for 1 1/2 minutes covered, flip and repeat. When done, your grill should look like this :

Remember, the key to tender, juicy chicken drumsticks is to let the meat rest for a few minutes so that the juices can be absorbed back into the meat.

Now that the entree is finished, add whatever sides you like. One of my favorites is to use pot stickers and eggrolls to accent the entree.

When the table comes together, you will have prepared a beautiful and tasty dinner as only a Master of the Grill can do !

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Sesame Ginger Chicken Thighs

A nice change from BBQ chicken on the grill is to switch to an Oriental theme. One way to do this is to prepare Sesame Ginger Chicken Thighs. Start by marinating skin on, bone in, chicken thighs with Lawry’s Sesame Ginger marinade, along with some diced green onions to provide a taste, as well as color contrast. Let them marinate for several hours in the refrigerator before grilling.

When it’s time to grill, set the grill up for indirect,high heat by pushing the coals to one side and placing a drip pan on the other side. Clean and oil the grill grate and use the 3 second technique for determining when the grill is ready. Next, place the chicken thighs skin side up on the grill over the drip pan and grill covered for 17 minutes. Starting skin side up allows the skin to tighten up and lock in the flavor. After 17 minutes, flip the thighs and continue cooking covered for another 17 minutes over the drip pan.

At this point you can add some char and crisp up the skin by cooking for an additional 2 minutes covered on each side over direct heat.

When finished grilling, remove the chicken and baste with Kikkoman‘s Toasted Sesame marinade to add an additional layer of flavor.

A suggestion for sides would be Asian slaw and Peanut Noodles with Snow Peas.

This will round out the meal and prove to everyone that you are the Master of the Grill !

Buffalo Chicken Wings the easy way !

Like wings but hate dealing with the messy oil ? Try grilling your wings next time. Begin with Perdue wingettes and Lawry’s Buffalo BBQ sauce. Marinate the wings well early in the morning and let them rest in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill.

When its grill time, set your grill up for indirect grilling with high heat using the 3 second measuring technique. Clean and oil your grill grate and place the wings on the cool side.

Grill covered for 15 minutes,flip, and grill for another 15 minutes.

Next, place the wings over the coals and grill covered for 1 1/2 minutes. Flip and repeat. At this point, the wings should have a nice grill char and you’re ready to eat.

Pair this with a nice pasta salad and you have a nice simple meal that lets everyone know that you are the Master of the Grill !

Tequila Lime Chicken Thighs

For a smoky spice taste, try Whole Foods Market Tequila Lime Seasoning on boneless skinless chicken thighs. Start by brushing the thighs with canola oil. Next, rub the spice on and into the chicken. You’ll want to use a lot of this seasoning, so crust it over well. Next, marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours to allow the seasoning to properly flavor the chicken.

When ready to grill, set the grill for direct high heat using the 3 second measuring technique. Place the thighs on a well oiled grill grate and cover and grill for 3 minutes. Next, flip the chicken thighs and grill covered for another 3 minutes.Finally, make one last flip and grill covered for 4 minutes.

When you take the chicken thighs off the grill, let them rest for approximately 5 minutes so the juices can re-distribute. Serve with Mexican rice or grilled corn for a delightful, spicy dinner prepared by a Master of the Grill !

Baja Citrus Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Boneless skinless chicken thighs are simple and easy to grill. I like to marinate them in the morning for an evening grill. McCormicks makes a variety of marinades which are a simple and easy way to add great flavor to your meal. One of my favorites is McCormicks Baja Citrus marinade. To this I add 2 cubes each of Dorot‘s frozen cilantro and garlic. If you haven’t tried this, it’s a quick and simple way to add extra flavor to your marinades.

Grilling Time -Set your grill up for direct grilling and high heat , remembering to oil the grate ( see the Basics section of my blog ). When the grill is ready put the chicken thighs on the grill, cover them with the lid and cook them for 3 minutes, flip and cook for another 3 minutes,flip a final time and cook them for another 4 minutes. Pull the thighs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. Serve them with a Mexican rice, a salad or your choice of side. This is a simple and easy chicken thighs meal with no flare up that is perfect every time. As always, make notes of any adjustments you make and you will be on your way to being Master of the grill !