Grilled Miso Chicken 鶏の味噌漬け焼き

Grilled Miso Chicken  | Easy Japanese Recipes at

I hope you are enjoying barbequing this summer as I’m sharing an easy and delicious Grilled Miso Chicken today!  I use miso in many of my recipes and today I used Hikari Miso‘s organic white miso to make ginger miso marinade.

I mostly use chicken thighs for my recipes because it is more flavorful and juicer than chicken breasts.  However, today I made Grilled Miso Chicken using chicken breasts.  I’ve made this recipe a few times and every time I was surprised to see how juicy it is!

The key is to pound the breast fillets to be thin so they will cook faster and evenly.  Overcooking will make the meat dry and if the meat is not the even thickness, some parts may be under-cooked while other parts are overcooked.

Grilled Miso Chicken | Easy Japanese Recipes at

You can get the Grilled Miso Chicken recipe HERE over at the Hikari Miso’s website!  I served the chicken breast with Massaged Kale Salad with Mango and you can find the recipe here.  Enjoy!

Hikari Miso White TypeHikari Miso products will be available in Amazon soon (some are available already).  You can also buy Hikari Miso products in Japanese grocery stores (my local Japanese and Asian stores carry their product).

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hikari Miso.  To read more about my partnership with Hikari Miso (press release), click HERE.


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  1. Dear Nami,

    That miso paste can single-handedly create a meal with miso soup, miso eggplant and so many other fantastic recipes. I hardly cook chicken breast this way but I should try your pounding method :)

  2. donna mikasa

    Oh, this sounds so delicious! I’m so glad I bought some chicken breast yesterday. Will definitely be trying this sometime soon!

  3. After making your miso and soy chicken wings I discovered how wonderful miso is in a marinade! Thanks for another fabulous chicken recipe for the grill. Bobby will be thrilled!

  4. I’ve not grilled with miso – sounds like a fun and tasty idea. The recipe looks terrific! Glad the Hikari Miso will be available through Amazon – that will save me a trip to a specialty store.

  5. Nami, a truly wonderful summer B.B.Q. recipe – cooking with white miso adds such a wonderful depth of flavor to the dishes and I especially like your side dish of that massaged kale with mango, I already liked it when you posted it the first time, I love the flavor combinations and the colors are just wonderful!
    Nami, dear friend, continue to have a fabulous summer with your family!

  6. This chicken dish looks fantastic Nami! I love the combination of miso with the spicy chili and the grill marks on this chicken look so pretty :)

  7. It sounds delicious, Nami. As someone who uses chicken breasts quite often, I have found the trick to make them less dry: I simply marinate them or just brush on both sides with oil. I also try to make them equally thick, as you have mentioned.
    I am so happy to see you working with a company which has high quality products! It must be pure pleasure.

  8. What a great cooking tip to make the chicken moist and tender. I must remember that. This is a wonderful and simple miso chicken recipe. My family will love this. Thanks for sharing, Nami. Have a great week :-)

  9. Now this is a perfect summer meal, Nami! Colorful & nutritious! Miso is such a great pantry ingredient. The only thing I wish is I don’t have to store them in the refrigerator after opening. It takes up so much space:) I know it’s silly! Anyway, I love the big portion of green kale with mango you served on the side. It’s the true version of a Happy Meal.

  10. Nami, this chicken looks perfect, love the grill marks. I admit, I haven’t been grilling recently and been feeling lazy in general, but I’ll gather my self and try your recipe :)

  11. Maybe you’ll have the answer. Usually when I see a recipe that calls for miso paste. That’s all they say. Miso paste. Then I get to the store and I see red, yellow and white? Are they interchangeable according to taste or are they very different? GREG

    • There are several kinds of miso and each miso has different flavor. I personally like “awase miso” (which is a mix of red and white) which goes well with most dishes. I also like white miso which is commonly used to marinade fish, veggies, meat, etc. The taste, aroma, texture, and appearance of miso are different by region. Temperature, duration of fermentation, salt content, etc make a difference, as well.

      In short, it’s really up to person’s preference. It took me a long time to find my favorite brand of miso since I moved to the US, and finally found one 8 years ago (and now I’m working with them! :)).

  12. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    This looks wonderful – never thought of adding miso to poultry. And grilling absolutely make it tasty.

  13. *Moist* grilled chicken breast sounds great, and I bet this has terrific flavor from your miso marinade. Good tip on pounding out the chicken breast, too!

  14. I was just reading an article that miso is a good alternative to soy and teriyaki – less sodium I believe was the reasoning. This chicken looks delicious and another one that would be a hit with Mr. N for sure. :)

  15. I’ve fast become a chicken thigh fan. Boneless and skinless, they are a terrific and juicy alternative to chicken breast that can become dry. You are so right that pounding to an even thickness really helps. You’re massaged mango and kale salad looks amazing too!

  16. Nami-san, What a Delicious looking miso chicken but even more interesting is that side dish of kale and mango side dish. Kale is always bitter so pairing with the mango is a great idea. I hope you are having a super time in Yokohama. Ja Mata, BAM

  17. I love your method and I use pounding mostly on the beef, but in many cases on chicken as well, it’s much easier like you said to cook though. Your grilled miso chicken sounds divine, great recipe and pictures are made with perfection…I love those grilled marks.

  18. S. Howard

    I tried this recipe Monday night for dinner, and it came out fantastic! I actually can’t grill outside where I live, but I grilled the chicken on the Cuisinart Griddler that I won on this site a while ago. Perfect, juicy, delicious chicken. I will be making this recipe again very soon. My mother wants to try it next time she visits me. Thanks, Nami!

    • Yay! So happy to hear that you are using the griddler (I use it all the time to make paninis!) and tried this recipe! Thank you so much for your feedback!

  19. Pounding your chicken breasts is key! This looks so good. I love miso, so I’m sure we’ll be making this often. Thank you for sharing…and thank you for your kind words on my blog! I’m glad to be back to visit my favorites :-)

  20. A quick question for you Nami… I bought white miso paste but somehow A keeps on saying that the taste is not the same he tried in Japan .. do you have any particular brand u prefer. ..
    This looks beaitiful will try it on weekend.
    Also I have the same turquoise plate ; ) lol Turquoise Madness! !

    • Hi Reem! Assuming that A goes only to Tokyo, I think he never tasted white miso. White miso is mainly used in Western Japan (kyoto, osaka etc). When he tastes miso something or miso soup, it’s not white miso base. Also, it shouldn’t be Red miso – which is mainly used in Central Japan like Nagoya. So try finding Awase Miso (white + red combo). Is Nijiya far from your home? I’m not too sure if Mitsuwa carry Hikari Miso, but I buy it from Nijiya. I buy Awase Miso shown in this picture (left top box of miso). Hope that helps!

  21. I’m loving miso so much! It’s such a versatile base for so many delicious recipe. This grilled chicken is so tempting, Nami. I love that it’s juicy and yes, the key is to pound chicken breast thin so it cooks faster :)

  22. When I just started eating Japanese food in restaurants, I thought miso is only used as miso soup, but later, I came to know, there are so many variations we can try with miso! Nami, these pictures are making me hungry! I got your point, we have to pound the chicken breasts properly and avoid overcooking. This is lovely!!

  23. Grill action happens every week at my place and we don’t care if its summertime or not :) I’m gona soooooooooo love your miso paste idea ! How brilliant! How incredibly genius!

    I love the look of your chicken, sweetheart :)

  24. Glad to see another miso recipe. I have a unused box of Hikari miso in the fridge right now and I’m never sure what to make with it (aside from a nice cup of miso soup hehe). This would be a delicious way to use some up! Thanks Nami!