Sunday, November 17, 2013

Grilled Miso Chicken

It's been a busy weekend in the kitchen. The kids have been waiting all year (since last Christmas) to make gingerbread men, and so we did that this afternoon and they had fun painting the gingerbread men, trees and stars pastel colours of blue, green and pink. They enjoyed them so much that I couldn't bear to eat any (maybe I will pinch a bit when they're not looking!). In the midst of the baking and cookie-decorating, I prepared a simple dinner of grilled miso chicken. With the leftover rice in the fridge, I made a garlic butter fried rice (click here for recipe) to serve with the chicken. And since there were bones from the thighs I had deboned, I made a chicken soup with carrot and corn. No waste!
For a fuss-free meal (and more time to do Christmas shopping...), let the oven do all the cooking and enjoy this oh-so-tasty grilled chicken with garlic and miso.

Grilled Miso Chicken


6 medium-large chicken thighs, deboned, skin on

4 tbsp Shiro Miso (white miso paste)
3 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp sake
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp brown sugar


Rinse the chicken and pat dry.

Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

In a large bowl or a Ziploc bag, combine the chicken with the marinade ingredients. Seal the bowl/bag and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Arrange chicken in a single layer, skin side up, on a baking tray lined with baking paper or aluminium foil. Place in oven on the top rack and bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, switch on the grill function and turn up the heat to 220C (430F). Use a brush to baste the chicken skin with the juices on the tray. Continue to cook the chicken for 15 minutes until the skin is charred and crisp. Watch it closely as it can burn quite quickly.

Remove the chicken from the tray and cut into slices.

Pour out the juices from the tray into a bowl. Skim off the oil and discard. The remaining makes a delicious sauce you can serve with the chicken and some steamed or fried rice.

For garlic fried rice recipe, click here.