Easy Japanese Recipes

Spicy Miso Chicken スパイシー味噌チキン

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My husband and I were talking what chicken drumettes recipe I should make next time as our children love drumettes.  Then he said he really misses these Spicy Miso Chicken from Norikonoko, a mom and pop Japanese diner in Berkeley, California.

I have been to the restaurant once when I stayed in Berkeley for a summer during high school to study …. you’ve guessed it, English!  My host family took me there when I was missing Japanese food.  According to my husband, he and his friends treated this Japanese diner like their second kitchen back in college.

As I had never tasted this miso chicken that he loved, I had to rely on his description of the taste to recreate the recipe.  It’s been a while since my husband tried the miso chicken at the restaurant too, so let’s say I made this recipe inspired by the restaurant’s version. :)

Spicy Miso Chicken | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

The restaurant makes the spicy miso chicken drumettes into “tulip” shape.  This is pretty simple to do it (see my picture/video), and it’s easy to eat because half of the meat already came off the bone.

This spicy sauce uses red miso, which has more bold flavor than white miso or awase miso (red & white mixed miso).  You can use white or awase miso, but the sauce will be quite different from the intended flavor.

Spicy Miso Chicken | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Well, according to him, these chicken drumettes are pretty close to what they serve at Norikonoko.  My husband was soooooooo happy!  I reduced the amount of Sriracha sauce for my children’s portion, so they really enjoyed this quick appetizer as well.  If you love spicy food, feel free to add more Sriracha sauce.

We also made a video for you to show how easy this recipe is.  And please follow my YouTube channel if you haven’t.  :)

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Spicy Miso Chicken
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Cook time
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1.20 lb. (17 pieces) chicken drumettes*, rinsed and pat dried
  • Cooking spray (or ½ Tbsp oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. sake
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
Spicy Miso Sauce
  1. Using kitchen shears, cut and remove the meat from the tip of the bone.
  2. And when you remove the meat half way, peel it back so that it forms a “tulip” shape.
  3. Mix all the seasonings in a small bowl.
  4. Put the chicken and seasonings in a large Ziploc bag and massage the chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Line the broiler pan with aluminum foil on the bottom (for easy cleanup) and grease the rack with cooking spray.
  6. Place the chicken on the rack in single layer. Broil on high for 10 minutes and then flip to continue cooking for another 8 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile make spicy miso sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix all together. You can apply the sauce when the chicken is done, or you can put the sauce in a small dish and serve with the chicken.
* You can use chicken drumsticks but drumettes marinade and cook faster.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


Posted in: Appetizers, Chicken, Quick & Easy

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  • Fern @ To Food with Love November 14, 2013, 1:26 am

    The best thing about your recipes is that they are easy and delicious! Your photos are a testament to that. I’ve just had my dinner but these wings are making me salivate! I think must be the combination of spicy and miso! :)

  • Joanne T Ferguson November 14, 2013, 1:35 am

    G’day Nami, your chicken looks delish, true!
    I have had limited use re miso, but have bookmarked your recipe for future use and to do! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today November 14, 2013, 1:37 am

    I’ve never tried it as well, so it will be a new experience. To be honest with your blog it’s usually a new experience, that’s why I like it so much :)

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker November 14, 2013, 2:36 am

    I love it! I am looking for finger type food for the holiday season and these are perfect!
    It must be so lovely to be able to have that same taste at home, I am sure your kids would love these chicken pops.

    They look addictive!

  • Ramona November 14, 2013, 3:01 am

    I have some miso in my fridge… this is a must try. You know I love spicy. :)

  • Minnie@thelady8home November 14, 2013, 5:27 am

    Quick and delicious!!! I have sake, and mirin. Time to get miso :D

  • David Ng November 14, 2013, 5:27 am

    Must try this! Funny, I was going to start in on one of your other chicken recipes you mentioned recently on FB, but then saw this one. Coincidence? :P

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 2:59 pm

      Hi David! Hope you enjoy this dish. Well, my family love drumettes and wings… so hope to share more recipes! ;)

  • Linda November 14, 2013, 6:23 am

    Hi Nami, thank you for sharing this delicious dish. May I check if I do not have sriracha, can I substitute with other type of chilli sauce?

    Thank you.

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:01 pm

      Hi Linda! You can use any hot sauce, such as sambal oelek, Gochujang, etc. :)

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen November 14, 2013, 6:34 am

    Wow, this chicken looks delicious! I’d love to taste it!!

  • Kelly November 14, 2013, 6:39 am

    My hubby can eat spicy chicken drumettes and wings all the time and would absolutely love these! The flavor combination sounds fabulous, thank you for the detailed pictorials as always Nami – pinning – can’t wait to try these :)

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) November 14, 2013, 6:57 am

    This has got to be the best chicken ever!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 14, 2013, 8:02 am

    Lovely and full of yumness!!

  • Monica November 14, 2013, 8:03 am

    What a great cook you are, Nami! This would go like hot cakes at a holiday party! I see bones piling up! : )

  • john@kitchenriffs November 14, 2013, 8:09 am

    Gosh, these look like they have tremendous flavor! Nice as a meal, but a great idea as an appetizer, too. Really good stuff – thanks.

  • Jean | Lemons & Anchovies November 14, 2013, 9:13 am

    Now I’ll have to return to the store and pick up a tub of red miso paste (I just bought white miso this week). I can see these appetizers not lasting long at all on the plate. I can imagine the flavor…yum! Filipinos also do that to chicken (I think they call it lollipop style) though I’ve never tried it. Looks great, Nami!

  • Shema | LifeScoops November 14, 2013, 9:46 am

    Truly delicious… I would love this as an appetizer !!!

  • A_Boleyn November 14, 2013, 9:55 am

    I love drumettes, I just wish they weren’t so expensive, but the next time they’re on sale, I’ll pick up a package and give these a try.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen November 14, 2013, 10:17 am

    Oh how delicious! These photos of the chicken drummettes just reminded me I need to have lunch. Wish I could have these right now. Thanks for the recipe, Nami!

  • Rosa November 14, 2013, 11:26 am

    Fingerlicking good! That miso sauce sounds amazing.



  • Ash-foodfashionparty November 14, 2013, 11:55 am

    Love chicken lollipops. My kids love these too Nami. I really like the miso sauce and the sriracha in it.
    I will surely try the place out in Berkeley, we don’t go there too often.

  • Holly | Beyondkimchee November 14, 2013, 2:12 pm

    My kids love chicken drumsticks too and this one looks like very simple to prepare. I love everything with miso flavor. What a perfect finger food!

  • Libby November 14, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Looks delicious! I can imagine chicken wings working just as well here but the drummettes look so much prettier!

  • Hotly Spiced November 14, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I love the story behind these chicken wings. And I love how they’re tulip shaped. I’ve never tried that before and have wondered how it’s done but now I know. Thanks Nami! xx

  • Eha November 14, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Lovely simple recipe where just a few defining ingredients would create a wonderful taste ~ I think I’ll make these for dinner and may even use chicken legs or thighs and stick them in the oven – bet the taste would be seriously good and I would not have to wait for freinds to drop in and hand these around party style :) !

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:11 pm

      Hope you enjoy this recipe! Miso is so versatile and fun to use for cooking. :)

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef November 14, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Nice frenched chicken wings…..
    fancy tulip shaped, just like an upscaled dining restaurant did,
    btw, i love to apply it with the chicken too instead just serving is aside, don’t forget to boil again any sauce that contact with the raw chicken!

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:07 pm

      Hi Dedy! That’s a great point and some people are not aware of that. For this recipe, we DO NOT marinade the chicken in the sauce. Sauce is just for dipping only (not sure why, but that’s how this restaurant serves – according to my husband’s memory. :)).

  • Mae November 14, 2013, 6:56 pm

    We’ve been to Norikonoko in Berkeley to sample their ramen and it was good.

    Yes, it’s a very small place run by an elderly couple, but was impressed when I overheard the “mom owner” say to the young Japanese students (who had just dined at her restaurant attending UCB ) to stay healthy and be focused with their goals. She is like a mom away from home.

    I look forward to trying your recipe soon.

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:05 pm

      Mae, I hope to visit the restaurant again. Aww how nice. It’s wonderful to have a restaurant (owner) who cares about customers health and well being. My husband ate there often when he was in UCB too. There must be so many people treating the restaurant as their home. :) I’ll try the ramen next time. Thank you for the comment!

  • daphne November 14, 2013, 7:09 pm

    I’m a fan of this recipe for sure! I like using the oven these days so while it wouldn’t have the char grill flavour, at least I know a delicious dinner will be ready!! Oh and yes, miso and sirracha.. perfect!

  • Lynna November 14, 2013, 7:22 pm

    My sister goes to UCBerkeley, so maybe she`s heard of this place! Haha, I`ll have her take me when I visit her because these chicken look so drool-worthy!

  • Monet November 14, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Don’t you love creating restaurant favorites? These look so good! Thank you for sharing. A delicious end to a long Thursday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Kate@Diethood November 14, 2013, 10:25 pm

    That just looks so darn GOOOOOOD! And I LOVE the tulip shaped drumsticks!! How do they think of these things?! hehe :)

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2013, 12:01 am

    Divine! I need to make spicy miso chicken soon! Love it :)

    ps: loving the styling, my friend!!

  • Jeanette November 15, 2013, 5:23 am

    There’s a local Japanese restaurant that I used to go to all the time that served chicken “lollypops” and I always wanted to make them at home. Great video tutorial Nami!

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen November 15, 2013, 10:02 am

    I love these! They remind me of the chicken lollipops they serve at at Straits restaurant. I never knew how they made them into that cute shape :)

  • Daniela November 15, 2013, 10:53 am

    Wow Nami, it’s amazing that you could recreate the recipe you ate a long time ago in a restaurant.
    The chicken drums look very yummy!

  • Des November 15, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Seriously, I have always wanted to learn how to make those cute little chicken lollipops! You make it look so easy and this recipe looks scrumptious :)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 15, 2013, 9:54 pm

    The miso sounds fantastic! The more sriracha, the better!

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) November 15, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Oh how that skin glistens with the sauce! Love the tulip shapes – perfect appetizers I reckon. The video rocks!!

  • Charles November 16, 2013, 11:31 am

    Hi Nami, these look really lovely – I must admit I’ve never heard of (or seen) a “drumette” though! Is it like a drumstick with the bottom bit pulled off, or…?

    I’ve imported 2 tubs of miso paste to Sweden, haha – I figured I might not be able to find it up in the north here so it’s good to see something like this to add to my list of things to try. I think this would be a hit with my parents-in-law!

  • nusrat2010 November 17, 2013, 8:24 am

    YES! YES! YES! Hundred times YESs to these drumettes!
    Fantastic, fabulous drumettes! Spicy!
    Love it! Love it! Love it!

    Hugs and love :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 17, 2013, 1:37 pm

    These would make such delicious appetizer, I love the spicy miso sauce!

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  • Fran @ G'day Souffle' November 17, 2013, 8:23 pm

    I lived in Berkeley for one year but didn’t see this restaurant (of course, I lived there waaay before you got there)! Such interesting flavors and easy instructions – thank you!

  • TheKitchenLioness November 17, 2013, 11:50 pm

    Nami, what an absolutely wonderful quick and easy appetizer. I love that the list of ingredients is rather short and with things that I can easily get in my favorite Asian store – your presentation is so pretty, I really like the look of the “pottery” plate, so very nice for this type of dish.
    You make the very best chicken recipes, dear friend! Always so very tatsy!

  • Tiffany November 18, 2013, 5:25 am

    No meat for me, but I can TOTALLY appreciate a delectable marinade! MMMMMMMmmmmmm! :D

  • Kristy November 18, 2013, 4:51 pm

    Hi Nami! These look delicious. I think I still have some red miso on-hand. The kids love anything with chicken drummies as well. I know they would love this. I like that you can adjust the level of spiciness too. Miss A isn’t a fan of too much heat, but Mr. N can handle more than I can at this point! I hope that all is well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with the kids.

  • Jayne November 18, 2013, 6:42 pm

    These drummets look like little boxing fists. LOL! How adorable! I have a passion for drummets and drumsticks. You know I would try this out.

  • tigerfish November 18, 2013, 8:17 pm

    The most challenging part of this must be forming the “tulips”. Love this “lollipop” chicken flavor. :)

  • Raymund November 18, 2013, 9:20 pm

    I would certainly love nibbling those chicken wings

  • Fern @ To Food with Love November 19, 2013, 12:31 am

    I wanted to make this but I couldn’t find red miso :(
    Just have to keep looking I guess….hmmm

  • Katerina November 19, 2013, 4:15 am

    Nami these chicken drumsticks are so inviting and look so delicious, that I wish you were my neighbor!

  • cquek November 19, 2013, 8:34 am

    And the ingredients & steps looks simple too. Thanks for sharing

  • Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania November 19, 2013, 9:03 am

    Yum Yum! These chicken drummettes look so good with that tulip shape. Replicating a popular Japanese restaurant recipe is not that easy, but you did it so well! Great-looking dish!!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz November 19, 2013, 11:52 am

    This chicken recipe sounds so tasty and I have never seen the tulip shape before. You are so talented to by coming close to the restaurant recipe by memory and inspiration :-)

  • maggie November 19, 2013, 7:37 pm

    These chickie wings much much better to than the nasty buffalo wings served everywhere. I made those one recipes one time and swore “never again”. The ability to control the amount of spicy heat makes all the difference. Comment: don’t forget to save the wing tips for making stock.

    Question: I bought a special mold to make mooncakes but none of my cookbooks (chinese, japanese, thai and collected asian) have a recipe. Can you help me find something yummy, pretty please??

    Warm hugs,

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 19, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Love the miso flavor in this! I actually haven’t cooked anything with miso in years – I need to stock up on it!

  • Muna Kenny November 20, 2013, 5:13 am

    I can finish all of it in one sitting while watching TV, lol. Looks delicious Nami, I love chicken wings soooo much :)

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  • mjskit November 20, 2013, 9:01 pm

    What great little sweet and spicy chicken bites! These would make wonderful appetizers, but I’m afraid I would eat so many before the party started, that there wouldn’t be anything left over for the guests. :) Great sauce!

  • Sissi November 22, 2013, 10:40 am

    You probably remember I am crazy for hot food, so when I saw spicy miso chicken I knew I would love the idea. And I was right! It looks amazing! Exactly like my kind of food, so expect it one day on my blog ;-) Thumbs up for the video!
    PS Sorry for late comments. I have been travelling once more…

  • Stephanie November 23, 2013, 11:03 pm

    I love the interesting shape! I will have to try this one day. Also, love how your kids said “itadakimasu” at the end! =)

  • Lail | With A Spin November 24, 2013, 12:23 am

    Oh my, Nami. The chicken looks delicious. I would love to taste it.

  • Shirley November 25, 2013, 8:53 pm

    Another miso recipe to try! Lucky husband, to have a wife who can re-create recipes without even trying them. :) This looks good!

  • sowmya November 27, 2013, 10:15 pm

    I love the step by step procedure.. lovely clicks :)

  • Carol December 17, 2013, 11:02 am

    Can these be made ahead? Are they good served cold or should they always been served hot?

    • Nami December 19, 2013, 10:50 pm

      Hi Carol! Yes, you can. I’d even put it in bento box. However, I may not be the right person to answer as I’m used to eating bento at room temeprature (that’s how it is in Japan). For your guests, I assume it’s nice to serve hot/warm. At least cover in aluminum foil and keep it warm in the oven? :)

    • Lorna Machine February 24, 2015, 3:33 pm

      Hi Carol. We had some left over from our BBQ, they are just as delicious cold! Just make sure that they have about 5 mins out the fridge before eating though as sometimes if the chicken is too cold it can cause an upset tum!

      • Nami February 26, 2015, 12:52 pm

        Thanks so much for your feedback Lorna! :)

  • Lorna Machine February 24, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Thank you Nami for such a yummy recipe. We went to a BBQ this last weekend so I tried this on a batch of 3kg’s of chicken & we had vegetarians there so i thought I’d try it with Tofu too! As we were going to a BBQ I didn’t want to take extra containers and have people getting dipping sauce on them, so I made extra sauce and brushed the chicken and tofu as they were grilling. The result was a hit —- everyone wanted the recipe! You know what??? I loved the Tofu more! Thank you once again. Keep them rolling! If I can find a photograph I’ll post it for you. :-)

    • Nami February 26, 2015, 12:54 pm

      Hi Lorna! I’m so happy to hear this dish was a hit! Thank you so much for your feedback! You know, tofu and miso work REALLY well…. I’m happy everyone enjoyed this dish. :)