‘Ohana means family, and family means you always have someone to cook with! Only parents should use the grill, but kids can measure out the marinade ingredients and sprinkle on the sesame seeds.

Excerpted from Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes

Nutritional Information

Serves: 8

Serving Size: 1 thigh

  • Calories: 145
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 6g


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4 ounces each)
  • Sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet
  • Scallion tops, cut into 2-inch-long strips (optional)

How To Make It

  1. Place the chicken thighs in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag and add the marinade ingredients. Press the air out of the bag and seal it. Turn the bag to thoroughly coat the chicken, then place it in a bowl and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight), turning the bag occasionally. Remove the meat from the refrigerator 20 minutes before grilling.
  2. Prepare a charcoal fire or set a gas grill to medium-high, close the lid, and heat until hot — about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Grill the thighs until they are no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes per side on a gas grill.
  4. Transfer the thighs to a cutting board and let them rest for about 5 minutes, then slice each piece at a diagonal. Sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds. Serve over rice, garnished, if you like, with scallion strips.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.