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Spicy Miso Chicken スパイシー味噌チキン

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    Love a good, easy appetizer recipe? Sweet and savory with a good douse of spice, these tulip shaped chicken drumettes with a spicy miso dipping sauce are a party favorite.

    Spicy Miso Chicken on a plate.

    My husband and I were talking what chicken drumettes recipe I can make for our next dinner since 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.

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    Easy baked chicken appetizer recipe. Tulip shaped chicken drumettes with a spicy miso dipping sauce.

    I have been to the restaurant once when I stayed in Berkeley for a summer during high school to study 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 on a plate.

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

    The spicy sauce uses red miso, which has a bolder 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 on a plate.

    Well, according to my husband, these chicken drumettes are pretty close to what they serve at Norikonoko. You can imagine his happy face when he gave these drumettes a try. 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. Enjoy these Spicy Miso Chicken as a finger food at a party, or make it the main course, along with a side of rice and a refreshing Asian coleslaw.

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    Spicy Miso Chicken
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 45 mins
    Love a good, easy appetizer recipe? Sweet and savory with a good douse of spice, these tulip shaped chicken drumettes with a spicy miso dipping sauce are a party favorite.
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: miso marinade, spicy chicken
    Servings: 4
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 1.20 lb chicken drumettes* (1.2 lb = 17 pieces) (See Notes)
    • Cooking spray (or 1/2 Tbsp oil)
    • 2 Tbsp sake
    • 1 tsp ginger
    • 3 cloves garlic
    Spicy Miso Sauce:
    • 4 Tbsp miso (I used red miso)
    • 2 Tbsp mirin
    • 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Spicy Miso Chicken Ingredients
    2. Using kitchen shears, cut and remove the meat from the tip of the bone.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 1
    3. And when you remove the meat half way, peel it back so that it forms a “tulip” shape.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 2
    4. Mix all the seasonings in a small bowl.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 3
    5. Put the chicken and seasonings in a large Ziploc bag and massage the chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 4
    6. Line the broiler pan with aluminum foil on the bottom (for easy cleanup) and grease the rack with cooking spray.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 5
    7. 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.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 6
    8. 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.
      Spicy Miso Chicken 7
    Recipe Notes

    Chicken drumettes: You can use chicken drumsticks but drumettes marinade and cook faster.

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