Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Miso Chicken - Shades of Gray - Outdoor Wednesday



A perfect dish to ward off the damp and creeping fog.



The ridgeline seen from my kitchen window.



Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast.




London in winter fog.


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... This chicken is one of my secret weapons. I make it once or twice a year, usually in the winter, to lift spirits and mellow the steely gray of the Oregon winter sky. The chicken is really easy to do and you can find all the ingredients you need to make it in any large grocery store. Chicken wings cooked in this fashion would be perfect for game day. While I grilled these, they can also be baked in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or so. Mirin is, for the most part, a cooking wine, though it can be served as a drink for ceremonial purposes during new year celebrations. Its composition is 40 to 50 % sugar, so basting marinades made with it must be watched, lest they burn. It is very similar in taste to sake, though it has a lower alcohol content. Interestingly enough, it can be made at home. Miso is a condiment of fermented soy bean paste that can be used to add a unique flavor to marinades and basting sauces. Used in conjunction with mirin, it can help overcome really strong flavors. It, too, can be made at home. Maybe I'll put them on my bucket list. Maybe. Here's the recipe I use for wings or thighs. I actually prefer thighs, but I must admit that wings make better party food.

Miso Chicken ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup mirin or 1/2 cup mirin + 1/2 cup sake
1/2 cup light miso
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoon minced garlic
8 (about 2-lbs.) boneless chicken thighs or 20-24 (about 3-lbs) chicken wings
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:
1) Combine soy sauce, mirin, miso, onions, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Divide marinade into 2 parts. Pour half into in a one-gallon zip-lock bag. Shake to mix well. Add chicken pieces and coat well. Refrigerate for about 3 hours, shaking bag several times. Refrigerate reserved marinade.
2) Preheat grill to very hot or oven to 400 degrees F.
3) Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
4) If grilling, cook for 5 minutes, turn and continue grilling until brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Brush chicken pieces with reserved marinade.
5) If baking, arrange chicken pieces in a single layer on a large rack set over a baking pan. Cook for 30 minutes. Brush with reserved marinade.
6) Transfer chicken to a serving platter and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

This is being linked to:
Outdoor Wednesday - A Southern Daydreamer

Photos of the Oregon coast and London in the fog are printed via terms of Creative Commons licensing.

35 comments:

vignette design said...

That Miso Chicken looks delicious! Nice shot of Cannon Beach. I went there when I was in high school for a retreat. Always beautiful. Thanks for sharing. - Delores

zurin said...

such a simple recipe and yet it looks amazingy delicious!!!

the photos of teh city is haunting and beautiful!!!!

Ebie said...

Perfect recipe! The wings are the best part and they are great for grilling.

The Oregon Coast is so mystic and magical!

Light and Voices said...

Grayness in these images adds to the mystery and magical quality in the images. Recipe sounds delicious!
Joyce M

My Little Space said...

Awesome recipe, Mary! Looks really tempting. And those photos are stuning!

Allie and Pattie said...

Your pictures are stunning! And I do believe I will be trying this recipe this week-it looks wonderful and you have to love it when they'r easy too!
xoxo Pattie

eileeninmd said...

Your recipe for the Miso chicken looks delicious. I think my family would like this one too. Great photos.

Hootin' Anni said...

Ask me if I've ever been to London....

Glad you asked. But alas, no I haven't. Sure would like to be there tho. Everything about the city is so appealing to me. The fog, the Brits, the history, the culture, the architecture.

The London Fog makes me drool.


Mine is Footprints in the Sand...
HERE

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh the delightfull asian flavours.........love ur pics and yumminess too....
Love all ur eliciousness to the core sweety....

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks perfect for the cold, windy day here.

Martha said...

Which will go oh, so well with yesterday's rice! Chicken wings, I think, for THE GAME, fixed this way would be delicious!

ButterYum said...

I just bought chicken thighs last night. Will definitely have to give this one a try. Thanks for including oven directions.

:)
ButterYum

Lisa said...

What beautiful pictures, Mary! And of course you're chicken lookes delicious.

QIS said...

your recipe sound simple and delicious. and the miso chicken looks so tempting!!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What amazing photos!
And that chicken is calling to me. Looks delightfully salty and delicious.

Cathy said...

I'm a big chicken wing fan, Mary, and would love these tasty little bites. Perfect game day food.

Love your photos. They really convey the chilly, damp feeling of winter.

Barbara said...

Love your photos!
I agree, dark meat is better tasting, but for some reason, wings are great "pickin" food! (I always consider those dark meat anyway!)
Tasty recipe!

George Gaston said...

Mary, your photographs are spectacular. Gray foggy days always have a magical mystery about them. They conger up intrigue and wonder.

Your Miso Chicken sounds like a great way to prepare wings, legs, thighs or any portion of a chicken. Definitely a sauce to keep in front of the recipe box. Many thanks...

Ed Schenk said...

I happen to have all the ingredients in my fridge right now. I will have to try this recipe!

LV said...

A a lot of great shots of the lovely pat of your world. The dish would make for a perfect day there. It looks so good.

Jamie said...

Lovely, lovely photos. And the chicken is luscious looking! I can see how that would be just the thing for a gray day. And is that really the view out your window? Stunning!

Chef Aimee said...

I love the view you have from your window - wow. I also love this recipe and am such a huge miso fan. There is nothing like toasted sesame seeds in any dish that makes for good comfort.

Bridgett said...

The chicken looks amazing! It is horribly foggy here where I live and I can barely see across the street. I hope it lifts soon! Enjoy your day.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

First of all Im lovin your chicken-- yes i think i should set up camp across the street from you and just happen to pop in at dinner time.

You would take care of my tummy well I am sure!

But... the FOGGG -- awesome shots. It just has such a quiet and unreal feeling.

Thanks!
Claudia

A Year on the Grill said...

Beautiful wings... glad the shoulder is not keeping you from posting any more!

Lori E said...

Now those are really gray photos. Makes me want to curl up with a London Fog tea.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What fabulous photos Mary! I especially love the one of Cannon Beach. I hope to visit the Oregon Coast some day.

~ Tracy

Karen said...

Although I think the Oregon Coast is gorgeous, I'm not sure I could handle many grey days. I need to see the sunshine! These wings look good... there are so many recipes for wings that I can't decide which to use for Super Bowl snacks!

noble pig said...

And here's the umbrella chicken you braved to make, it looks tasty.

Pam said...

I love the photo of London...it's beautiful. The chicken looks really delicious too.

Velva said...

I really loved seeing the steely gray Oregon Winter photos-Wow. I can see why you chose to make Miso Chicken. This dish would definitely lift my spirits.

Lynda said...

The chicken looks fabulous, Mary and the veiw from your kitchen window is amazing and rather mysterious. Wonderful!

theUngourmet said...

Mmm! I love everything about this recipe! The ginger, miso, garlic, sesame seeds...heavenly!

Debinhawaii said...

Beautiful pictures--makes me miss the Oregon Coast a bit. The chicken looks delicious.

Katy ~ said...

This would brighten the dullest of days and the dullest of spirits. Love foggy mornings and this recipe.

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