Grilled Chicken Thigh Fillets


When it comes to making marinades, I’m sure you all have your own secret recipes.     

I make no secret that I don’t have a fix recipe for marinades as I usually make them up as I go. So whenever I receive compliments on some of my successful made-up marinades, I somehow find it tricky to recreate the similar flavour afterwards.  (Uh duh, no recipe!)         


Anyway, for my beloved blog, I took the effort of jotting down every ingredient (including measurements) for this marinade.  Moreover, I feel more encouraged to do so now as my other half has gifted me an all-weather memo book. :) With my new-found obessession of writing down my recipes on an actual book (rather than depending on my memory), I’m excited to start a  family cookbook of my own.  Who knows this book will eventually become a family heirloom, eh? :P Maybe this thought is a bit far-fetched, but a girl can hope, can’t she?  :P    

One thing for sure, this marinade recipe has made it to the initial chapter of my family cookbook. :)

Grilled Chicken Thigh Fillets

(A fuss free cooking recipe)     

Serves 2-3 people, depending how much of a meat-eater your are! :P     


500g chicken thigh fillets     

3 tsps hoisin sauce     

1 tsp sambal oelek / crushed chilli paste (alternatively, 1/2 tsp chilli flakes)     

1 tsp sesame oil     

2 cloves of garlic, grated     

1 tsp of grated ginger     

1/2 green chilli, roughly cut    

Some white pepper      

Salt to taste     


1. Preheat griller/broiler.     

2. Stir to combine hoisin sauce, sambel oelek, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, white pepper and salt in a bowl.     

3. Pour the marinade over the fillets and mix well. Marinade them for at least 20 minutes.     

4. Arrange the fillets in a baking dish and sprinkle evenly with green chilli.     

5. Grill the fillets for 15 minutes on one side, and another 15 minutes on the other (time may vary depending on your griller).      

Suggested garnish: Toasted sesame seeds or chopped coriander/cilantro leaves.

15 Responses to Grilled Chicken Thigh Fillets
  1. Angelica
    August 25, 2010 | 9:52 pm

    Yum, this marinade, and the entire dish for that matter, looks delicious!

    I know what you mean by never writing down things when you’re inventing. I do the same, I add a little of this and a little of that and sometimes it turns out great and then when I try to recreate it later it doesn’t turn out half as tasty. Very annoying. But good on your better half for getting you a notebook!! I find myself reaching for whatever paper’s lying around and then I end up with a stack of papers with odd recipes. I’m gonna go out and buy myself a notebook too! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective
    August 26, 2010 | 5:50 am

    Wow! It sounds amazing!

  3. ela
    August 26, 2010 | 9:21 am

    i love it cause chicken thigh is my favorite part.
    the marinade sounds interesting. got t try this sometime…

  4. Ivy @ My Simple Food
    August 26, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    The colours look great. I like you don’t write down recipes too, I will just add a bit of this and a bit of that and cross my fingers that it works :)

  5. Savory Sweet Living
    August 26, 2010 | 8:57 pm

    I love chicken thighs so much tastier and yours look delicious. I also don’t like to write recipes down until I started to test recipes. I love using hoisin sauce as a marinade, it gives such great flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  6. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    August 26, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    Hey Emily, I was like that but my memory wasn’t that great. I started writing things down especially measurements! When I cook, I taste it on the go so sometimes it’s hard to get measurement. Glad to know you use chicken thighs! I’m a dark meat girl :) Great marinade. Hoisin sauce adds rich flavor.

  7. A Little Yumminess
    August 27, 2010 | 2:54 am

    I love original recipes and this seems to be a pretty good one!

  8. penny aka jeroxie
    August 27, 2010 | 5:29 am

    I am very glad that you used sambal olek! YUMMMmMMM

  9. Rosemary@sprigsofrosemary
    August 27, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    Love it! Chicken thighs have become my favorite and I’m so glad for all of us that you wrote this marinade down as you went! I’m making it this weekend. (I happen to have all the stuff.)

  10. Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean
    August 27, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    ooh I love new marinades! This one looks delicious and the color is great. Though I don’t eat chicken, I’d definitely put this on some seitan!! So glad I came across your blog, really enjoying it.

  11. kitchen tables
    August 31, 2010 | 7:08 am

    Grilled Chicken is one of the favorite of our family to eat. But I think we need to give it a twist. This Grilled Chicken Thigh Fillets is perfect. I know that they will love to eat this.

  12. gorgeouskim
    September 1, 2010 | 5:35 am

    hi there hows it going

  13. weighty
    September 26, 2010 | 10:20 pm

    gonna send this to my mom

  14. Jeannie
    October 8, 2010 | 12:54 am

    I am going to bookmark this for future reference, love the look of this dish!

  15. Live Football Games Online
    November 12, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    I dig your website design, did you do this all by yourself or hire someone else to code it?

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