This Asian-inspired recipe for one pan spicy miso-ginger chicken thighs makes an easy weeknight meal that just might become one of your go-to dinners! Paleo and Whole30 compliant.
Brown the chicken, pour the sauce over and bake in the oven. That’s all you have to do to create these one pan spicy miso-ginger chicken thighs. The crispy skin keeps the meat juicy and tender in this succulent chicken dish. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and a little salty and it has rapidly become one of our favourites, along with this Easy Lemon Baked Chicken, and this Honey Mustard Chicken with Turmeric.
I am SO looking forward to eating this chicken when we return home from our European travels. Chicken is not offered on all menus here. Pork seems to be the favourite, but it’s meat that we rarely eat at home. I’ve tried to be adventurous over here: I’ve had rabbit and guinea fowl (neither of which I’d care to try again, thanks very much), and this basket of straight-from-the-ocean fresh seafood,
but I’m craving a good home-cooked meal. Luckily, this recipe for one pan spicy miso-ginger chicken thighs freezes beautifully and I have some waiting for us in the freezer when we get home.
We’ve had some amazing meals here in Europe, and we’ve had some mediocre ones too. None of them have been cheap! We’ve eaten in small trattorias, taverns, pizzerias, outdoor cafés, and high-end restaurants.
One night we were in a small town and nothing was open for dinner, so we spread a towel on the bed and shared half a melon, two Lara bars and the chocolates that were left on our pillows and called it dinner! I’m looking forward to being back home, creating in my kitchen again.
But back to this Miso-Ginger Chicken recipe!
How to make Miso-Ginger Chicken Thighs
- Begin by mixing the sauce ingredients in a blender or mini food processor, if you have one.
- Heat a little oil in a skillet. When it ripples, add the chicken thighs (which you have patted dry) skin side down. If you give the pan a little shake, the chicken won’t stick.
- Let it brown for 4 to 5 minutes on one side without touching it, then turn the pieces over and do the same on the other side. The fat will be released and you’ll be left with crispy skin.
- Drain the excess fat.
- Pour the sauce over top of the chicken thighs, spreading it evenly with a brush or the back of a spoon and put the skillet in the oven.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until a meat thermometer indicates the internal temperature has reached at least 165°F.
That’s it! Enjoy this Asian-inspired chicken and watch it become one of your go-to meals!
- 7-8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (2 pounds)
- 1 tbsp oil for browning chicken
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp miso paste
- 1 2 inch piece fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
- Heat oven to 375 °F. Pat chicken dry, sprinkle with salt.
- Mix sauce ingredients in a mini food processor or blender and set aside.
- Heat oil in oven-proof skillet. When it ripples, add chicken, skin side down. Immediately shake pan to prevent skin from sticking to pan. Brown on one side for 4-5 minutes, turn and brown on the other side.
- Drain excess oil. Spoon sauce over chicken, spreading evenly and transfer skillet to oven.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until meat thermometer registers at least 165°F.
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