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MSG (More Savory Goodness!) Recipe: BBQ Chicken Thighs

By July 12, 2015July 4th, 2018Savory Cuisine Corner
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Chicken can be a healthier option than red meat but many people prefer the taste of chicken thighs (vs. chicken breasts). “They are easier to cook, and often less expensive as well,” according to Give these char-grilled BBQ chicken thighs a try. The zesty marinade provides an extra pop of flavor!

BBQ Chicken Thighs

The zesty marinade and the hearty thigh meat flavor are key to this extraordinarily savory dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq chicken, chicken, chicken thighs
Servings 4


  • 2 lb. boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. tabasco sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 pieces ginger crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sake
  • 1/2 tsp. MSG (umami seasoning)


  1. Remove skin from chicken thighs if desired. Set chicken aside.
  2. To make the marinade, mix the remaining ingredients in a shallow dish.
  3. Place the chicken in the marinade. Cover and marinate up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Cook on a preheated charcoal or gas grill, turning once, until chicken is thoroughly cooked; chicken should reach internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) and will be firm and opaque.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of

Photo credit: Flickr user, Steven Depolo


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