Grilled Shishito Peppers and Chicken Thighs
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Serves: 4
  • 3 cups shishito peppers
  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped small rings
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • black sesame seeds
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ lime, squeezed
  • 1 tsp roasted red chili paste
  • 1 tsp ground ginner
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard (smooth)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. First, if using a grill pan, set over stove and turn heat to high (if using a grill just set a pan directly over a high flame).
  2. Next lightly toss your shishito peppers in a bit of sesame oil (only about a tsp) and toss on grill when ready.
  3. Char on all sides for about 6-8 minutes and then remove. Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper, set aside.
  4. Next Take sauce ingredients and whisk together in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Place a medium sized skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp sesame oil and heat up.
  6. Salt & Pepper both sides of chicken thighs and then add to hot pan (best to arrange thighs in a circle facing the same way so you don’t overcook one side by accident!)
  7. Let chicken cook, covered, for 6 minutes on one side. Flip chicken over and then add ½ of the sauce.
  8. Cover and let cook again for an additional 6 minutes. Remove cover and add rest of sauce,  wiggling around the chicken to make sure that the bottom is coated. Let chicken continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes (or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F) and sauce begins to thicken.
  9. Remove from heat and toss in your shishito peppers & garnish with green onions & black sesame seeds.
  10. Serve over cauliflower rice or white sushi rice.
  11. *** You can’t necessarily OVERCOOK your chicken thighs, so if you are hesitant that they aren’t done just slice into one to make sure (if you are without a thermometer) They are very difficult to dry out which is why I LOVE using thighs vs breasts.
Recipe by My Lavender Blues at