sesame ginger lime marinade chicken thighs easy make-ahead dinner meal prep

Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade

This is one of my family’s all-time favorite chicken marinades. It is packed with the delicious savory flavors of sesame and ginger while a touch of maple syrup adds just a hint of sweetness.  During the summer I will typically grill chicken thighs in this sesame ginger lime marinade and serve them with an asian inspired coleslaw and sesame soba noodles. It is a super quick and easy weeknight meal that we all love.

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sesame ginger lime marinade chicken thighs meal-prep easy weeknight dinner

Easy Make-Ahead Marinade!

I often double the ginger soy lime marinade recipe. Freezing chicken already marinaded makes for a quick and easy week-night dinner.  Just thaw the chicken and grill!

Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade


  • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 T roasted sesame oil
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 6 chicken thighs*


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a shallow glass dish, mix thoroughly
  2. Add chicken thighs, coating completely in marinade
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hrs up to overnight
  4. Grill on medium-high heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes for chicken thighs
  5. Note: chicken can be frozen in marinade used at a later date. Just thaw and grill

*Note: I choose to purchase chicken that was raised without antibiotics.

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Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade

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