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Soy-Basted Chicken Kebabs with Sesame-Citrus Sprinkle

['2 tablespoons toasted white and/or black sesame seeds', '1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives', '1 teaspoon Aleppo-style pepper or other mild red pepper flakes', '1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest', 'Kosher salt', '1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar', '1/3 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)', '1/3 cup soy sauce', '1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar', '1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs', 'Vegetable oil (for grill)', 'Kosher salt', '8 (8–12-inch-long) metal skewers']

Mix sesame seeds, chives, Aleppo-style pepper, and lemon zest in a small bowl to combine; season with salt.
Combine brown sugar, mirin, soy sauce, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Transfer 1/4 cup mixture to a large resealable plastic bag. Working one at a time, slice chicken thighs in half lengthwise. Add to bag with marinade and massage marinade into chicken. Chill at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours.
Meanwhile, bring remaining marinade to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until reduced by half and slightly thickened (just shy of syrupy), 8–10 minutes. Remove glaze from heat.
Prepare a grill for medium-high, indirect heat (for a charcoal grill, bank coals on one side of grill; for a gas grill, leave one or two burners off). Oil grates. Thread chicken onto 6–8 skewers, folding and piling onto itself to form a compact shape. Season lightly with salt and grill over direct heat, turning every minute or so, until browned and beginning to char in spots, about 4 minutes. Move to cooler side of grill and continue to grill, basting lightly with glaze and turning every 30 seconds or so, until cooked through and coated with glaze, about 5 minutes longer. Serve chicken topped with sesame-citrus sprinkle.
Glaze can be made 12 hours ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.

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