Monday, January 23, 2012

Spicy Miso Grilled Chicken

I love spicy foods, especially dishes that have more than just that hot, make you sweat kind of heat. The really great spicy dishes have a depth of flavour and heat levels that change as you enjoy them. I think this miso grilled chicken qualifies.

This marinade would also be amazing with pork.

Adapted from a Men's Health recipe

8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 chicken breasts
3 tbsp sirachi sauce (hot sauce)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 c white grape juice (apple juice works too)
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp red miso
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 c water
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
6 green onions, chopped

What to do
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients EXCEPT chicken, and both kinds of onions.
  • Mix well (the miso usually requires a bit of extra attention to make sure it mixes completely).
  • Pour half the mixture into a large ziploc.
  • Add half of regular and green onions to the bowl and the other half into the bag.
  • Cover and place the bowl in the fridge.
  • Place the chicken in the ziploc with the marinade mixture.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.
  • When ready to grill chicken, remove marinade in the bowl and place in a small pan.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. If desired, use a hand blender to blend in onions and make sauce thicker.
  • Meanwhile, oil BBQ grill and heat to medium high.
  • Grill chicken until nice grill marks have formed and chicken releases easily. (5 minutes for thighs; 8 minutes for breasts). Throw away marinade in bag.
  • Flip chicken and cook 5-10 minutes more. Make sure chicken is cooked to internal temp of 170 degrees F.
  • Remove from grill and rest for 3-5 minutes so juices redistribute within chicken.
  • Use cooked sauce for dipping or drizzle over chicken.
  • Makes 4-6 servings.


  1. It would definitely be good with pork! You could shred either and fold them into oodles of different dishes! Fabulous!!

  2. Beautiful photo! I love, love, LOVE cooking with miso. It imparts flavor and complexity to foods and particularly to meats.

  3. That is a beautiful plate. Nice grill marks on the chicken! I've used miso quite a bit in my vegetarian cooking, so I can guess that it's phenomenal on poultry.

  4. I love grilled chicken thighs. These look and sound delicious!