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My kids love chicken wings. I usually use drumettes for them so they can easily enjoy these mini-drumsticks. This recipe was originally from my Japanese friend who used to live in San Francisco because of her husband’s work.
My friend and I had our first and second kids around the same time (then she had third) and our kids played really well together. Since she’s shared this original version with me, I changed the recipe to fit my family’s taste. The recipe is very easy to prepare and I hope you will like these wings. The combination of garlic, miso, soy sauce, and mirin is simply amazing!
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Gather all the ingredients.
- Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towel. Prick the chicken with a fork and put them in a Ziploc bag.
Mince the garlic (I use a garlic press) and combine it with miso in a small bowl. We will not add soy sauce and mirin at this stage.
- Add the mixture into the Ziploc bag and rub it all over the chicken from outside the bag. Keep in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours (preferably overnight).
- About 3 hours before cooking, add soy sauce and mirin in the bag and mix well. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil (so that you don’t have to clean later) and put the wire rack on top. Place the chicken on rack skin side down first.
Preheat the broiler on high for 3 minutes and place the baking sheet 6 inch away from the top (middle oven rack) and broil for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Then flip the chicken (now skin side is up) and broil for another 10 minutes. The cooking time will vary depending on the oven.
If you don't have a broiler: You can bake it instead. Bake at 425-450 ºF (220-230 ºC) for 45 minutes. Monitor the cooking time – the chicken is cooked through when internal temp is 165 ºF (74 ºC).
For chicken thigh or breast: Preheat oven to 425 ºF (220 ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the meat on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on the part and thickness). Turn the chicken over halfway during the cooking process.
For chicken drumstick: Preheat oven to 425 ºF (220 ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the meat on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until internal temp is 165 ºF (74 ºC). Turn the chicken over halfway during the cooking process.
The oven-safe wire rack helps getting rid of the oil from the chicken while cooking and wings will get crispy.
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