For a quick and easy marinade, you really can’t go past this combination.
Sweet, sticky and spicy are all great flavours to combine with some roasted chicken for a healthy eating meal.
Try serving this with some brown rice, stir fried Asian greens such as bok choy, or some corn on the cob for a feast for the senses.
Making your own healthy eating marinade is simple once you have the basics in the pantry.
Simply blitz it all in a food processor and you’re good to go.
Naturally you can leave out the chilli if you are making this for kids – or add even more if you like it hot!


  • 1kg of chicken thighs, breasts or drumsticks
  • 2 medium brown onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 small red chillis
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 stick of lemongrass, white part only
  • ½ cup fresh coriander
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 4 green shallots, finely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 200C, line a tray with baking paper, and place the chicken pieces on top.
  • Place the chilli, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, coriander, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce and honey into a small food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Pour over the chicken and rub in to ensure an even coating.
  • Throw the onions in with the chicken.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, turning half way through.
  • Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and shallots before serving.

Serves: 6. Calories per serve: 288 (based on using 1kg of chicken thighs).
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