Prep 8 hrs
Cook 10 mins
Serve with a side dish of couscous with almonds and raisins. The marinade can be used for half chickens, butterflied chicken, and Cornish hens. For these brochettes, plan on 3 boneless thighs per person, though I usually eat only two. From Joyce Goldstein's "The Mediterranean Kitchen", 1989.
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons mild olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 12 boneless chicken thighs, about 2 1/2 lb. (on the bone, about 4 lb.)
- salt, pepper
- Marinade:Warm the honey gently in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is quite fluid. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until hey begin to pop. Save about 2 tablespoons of the seeds for garnish and grind the rest in a spice mill or mortar and pestle. Stir the ground seeds, the cinnamon, cumin, oil, and lemon juice into the warm honey.
- Place the chicken in a shallow nonreactive container, pour the marinade over it and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- To cook, bring the chicken to room temperature. Heat the grill or broiler. Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Thread the boneless thighs onto skewers, 3 per skewer, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
- Grill or broil, basting often with the marinade, until cooked through, about 4 minutes each side. Sprinkle with the reserved sesame seeds before serving.