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Misoyaki Roast Chicken with Shoyu Onion Sauce

February 22, 2010
5 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
Author Notes

Misoyaki means “miso – grill” in Japanese, and traditionally, this marinade is used on fish like salmon, cod, or mahi mahi, all equally delightful. I thought I’d try it out on roast chicken and it's actually quite nice. —WuNotWoo

Test Kitchen Notes

Yes, timWuNotWoo shoots and edits our videos. Yes, he's a friend. And yes, he makes a mean roast chicken. In fact, we've never tasted chicken quite like this. The red miso and mirin marinade permeates the bird inside and out, giving it an addictive sweet and savory laquered skin. The simple onion sauce, which consists of butter, onions and garlic, soy sauce, mirin, miso and more butter, is an extra bonus, perfect for drizzling over the tender meat; it is salty, so you may want to use a lower sodium soy sauce and miso to taste. Do make sure to scrape off as much of the marinade as possible before you roast the chicken -- it will just blacken otherwise. —The Editors

  • Prep time 12 hours 35 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • for the chicken
  • 3 1/2 pounds chicken
  • 1/2 cup red miso paste
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • for the onion sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup miced onion
In This Recipe
  1. Mix the mirin into the miso paste to loosen it up until you get something like the consistency of a gravy or a fresh banana smoothie. Some miso pastes are thicker than others, so if it’s too thick, just add more mirin. Easy beans.
  2. Smother the chicken with the marinade all over, be especially sure you cover the inside cavity too. This way the marinade flavors the chicken from both the inside and out, huzzah.
  3. Put the chicken in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or if you have a Ziploc and/or Glad bag big enough for a whole chicken, that is most preferred. Park it all in the fridge and let sit for at least three hours, overnight would be nice.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Take the chicken out of the fridge and take a spoon, fork, knife, dowel rod, comb, whatever your scraping tool of preference is, and wipe off the excess marinade, it’ll just burn~
  6. Don’t run the chicken under water or anything though, just make sure there aren’t large clumps of marinade plopped on the bird.
  7. Brush on some vegetable oil or melted butter over the chicken, nestle it in a roasting pan, and throw it in the oven.
  8. Roast at 450 degrees for 25 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350, and roast for an additional 40.
  10. In small sauce pan, sweat the ½ cup of minced onion in a bit of vegetable oil or butter.
  11. When they start to become translucent, add the water, mirin, soy sauce, and grated garlic.
  12. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat down to low and let bubble while the chicken cooks.
  13. 5 minutes before the chicken’s done, sprinkle on some mirin. It gives the bird a delightful shine and sweetness. When time's up, take it out of the oven, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  14. IN THE MEANTIME, we finish the sauce.
  15. Melt in a tablespoon of butter, and take it off the heat.
  16. Mix in the tablespoon of miso. Miso actually loses its flavor the more it’s heated, so do this off the heat. There’s plenty of residual heat in the pan to melt down the miso paste.
  17. ALAS, Carve the chicken, serve atop a bed of fluffy white Japanese short grain rice, ladle on the onion sauce, and have a delightful evening~
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