- 2-3 tablespoons neutral oil (such as avocado or grapeseed)
- 1/2 onion (red or white), sliced
- 1 inch of ginger, thinly sliced
- 2 scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 8 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vinegar (such as Chinese black vinegar, white vinegar, or wine vinegar)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Toasted sesame seeds, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425° F.
- Place an oven safe skillet on the stove and heat over a medium flame. Add the oil and heat for a minute. Add the onion, ginger, and scallions and sauté for a few minutes until softened and lightly golden brown.
- Add a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes to the onions, scallions, and ginger, then add the sliced garlic. Cook a minute or two longer, just to take the raw edge off the garlic.
Turn off the heat on the stove. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and chicken stock to the pan. Mix it up a little. Nestle in the chicken thighs, sprinkle with sesame seeds, then place the whole thing in the oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, carefully return the skillet to the stove (be mindful of the hot handle), and heat over a medium flame again. Let the sauce stay at a strong simmer.
- While basting constantly with the sauce, cook 5-8 more minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and become a bit more like maple syrup in texture.
- Enjoy with rice.
Jeremy is a student at Cornell University double majoring in Spanish and Italian with significant coursework in classes such as nutrition, food science and culinary science. He has years of experience as a home cook, working at a local bakery, and teaching cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. After starting a TikTok account in March 2020 while quarantined in his childhood home, Jeremy’s presence grew to over 1.5 million followers in the first 6 months. During that time, he was featured in People Magazine, Fox News, BBC Radio, BuzzFeed, Tasty, Spoon University, and USA Today, among other media outlets.