Close up of Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs on a wooden plank, sprinkled with white sesame seeds

Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs

If you’ve never grilled on cedar wood planks before, you’re in for a treat. People have been cooking on wood planks for a long, long time – and once you try it for yourself you’ll see why! Cedar planks impart a deep, woody, smoked flavor into the food that’s cooked on it and it keeps the food moist, too. You can cook vegetables and meats on cedar planks for equally delicious results. Here I’ve made Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs, a delicious gluten-free main dish that has just the right amount of savory, sweet, and salty flavors.

To make this recipe gluten-free, you have to make sure to use gluten-free soy sauce. I used San-J gluten-free tamari soy sauce. The remaining ingredients are naturally gluten free, but it never hurts to double check labels!

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Close up of Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs sprinkled with white sesame seeds

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Close up of Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs on a wooden plank, sprinkled with white sesame seeds
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Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings (2 thighs per person)
Calories: 563kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 cedar planks
  • ½ cup San-J gluten-free tamari soy sauce
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds


  • Soak the cedar planks in water for at least 1 hour.
  • In a deep saucepan, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half and thick, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the honey, sesame oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Let cool for a few minutes. Reserve ½ cup for later.
  • Put the chicken thighs in a mixing bowl or baking pan and cover with the marinade, making sure the thighs are submerged as much as possible. Refrigerate until time to grill.
  • Prepare grill for direct and indirect heat and preheat to medium (about 400 degrees).
  • Place the cedar planks over direct heat, close the lid, and grill them for 10 minutes or until they start to smoke.
  • Flip them over and place on the indirect side of the grill. Put 4 thighs on each plank. Discard the marinade. Cover the grill and cook for 15 minutes. Glaze with the reserved marinade and cook for another 15 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, glazing every few minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Soy Ginger Cedar Plank Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 563 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 215mg72%
Sodium 1844mg77%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 166IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Chicken Ginger Grill San-J Soy Sauce Tamari

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