Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe

Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe

This Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe is a perfect balance of sweet and salty. The chicken is baked in a sticky, golden sauce made from miso paste, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, shallots, oil, and vinegar.

The sticky sweet and savory coating on the chicken is a result of the combination of miso paste and maple syrup, two of the recipe’s star components.

Once you try this recipe for chicken in a pan, it will become a staple in your regular meal rotation.

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Why I Love This Miso Chicken Recipe


  • This Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Meal requires only the chicken (drumsticks or thighs work nicely for this recipe) and miso marinade/glaze ingredients.
  • There are no out-of-the-ordinary Asian items outside miso paste that will necessitate a trip to an Asian market.
  • Additionally, the chicken is cooked totally in the oven while being cooked in a pan. There is no need for browning or other prepping.

It’s A Delight Of The 5 Tastes:

  • Miso maple chicken has sweet, savory, and the fifth, less well-known taste, umami, making it a great option for those who love dishes that combine all five fundamental flavors.
  • When asked to give an example of the Japanese flavoring known as “umami,” I usually point to mushrooms, but miso paste is another great example.
  • Umami is the delicious meeting place of savory, salty, and buttery flavors, and when coupled with the sweet maple syrup and tangy rice vinegar and lime, this miso-glazed chicken is a true treat.

It Pairs Well With Almost Anything:

  • I enjoy the versatility of the Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe’s complementing foods.
  • White rice and air fryer frozen broccoli are two simple choices that will keep to the Asian motif. Mushrooms cooked in an air fryer would be extra tasty thanks to their high umami content.
  • It’s not a particularly “Asian” dish, but it pairs well with potatoes and any greens you choose.
  • For a well-rounded dinner, I like to roast some purple sweet potato fries alongside the chicken and prepare some sautéed greens or a light salad, such as this mizuna salad (*tip – add some miso paste to the dressing!).
  • Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe
    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe

    Ingredients For Baked Maple Miso Chicken

    • Chicken drumsticks or chicken thighs (bone-in, skin on)
    • White miso paste
    • Maple syrup
    • Diced shallot
    • Minced garlic
    • Minced ginger
    • Rice vinegar
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Juice & zest of 1 lime

    While the chicken drumsticks in this Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe are presented, bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs are a 1:1 swap. Chicken leg quarters, which are the drumstick and thigh in one piece, are another alternative.

    You may use boneless skinless chicken breast instead, but the cooking time will be shorter (about 20 minutes) and the color will not be as golden brown.

    If you want breast meat, a split breast (bone-in) with the skin on would be a superior substitute.

    You can also use this miso glaze to roast an entire chicken! Just cover the entire chicken with the miso sauce and brush/baste it while it cooks, similar to roasted apple butter chicken.

    Can I Prep This Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Ahead Of Time?

    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken can be partially prepared in advance (through the marinating phase). Miso sauce can be poured over the chicken in a bowl, where it will be tossed to coat the meat, and then wrapped in plastic for later. You may store it in the fridge for up to 4 hours.

    You don’t want the acid in the sauce from the vinegar and lime to “cook” the chicken while marinating, so don’t let it sit for much longer than that.

    Where Can I Find Miso Paste?

    Although you can purchase both white and red miso paste in most supermarkets currently, the white kind is far more common. Whole Foods and Sprouts are good bets if your regular supermarket doesn’t offer them, but if they don’t, you can always get them from Amazon.

    I only buy organic and ideally sprouted, soy products. My go-to miso paste meets both of those criteria, and it’s made by the Miso Master brand (you can buy it at Whole Foods in the same aisle as the tofu).

    How To Make Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken

    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Using a paper towel, pat the chicken dry before placing it in a large basin.
    • To produce the maple miso sauce, whisk together the other ingredients and pour it over the chicken. Toss until each piece is well coated, then set aside until the oven is prepared.
    • Set the chicken with the skin facing up in a big cast iron pan (or baking dish) and place it in the oven. In the bowl, save the remaining marinade.
    • 30-35 minutes, basting the chicken every 10 minutes with the reserved marinade. Using an instant-read thermometer, chicken is cooked when the internal temperature hits 160 degrees Fahrenheit. For the final two minutes, broil the glaze to golden brown caramelization.
    • Cover and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. If preferred, garnish with chopped cilantro, green onions, and/or sesame seeds.
    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe
    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe

    What To Serve With Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken?

    • Sautéed Garlic Green Beans.
    • Quinoa Spinach Salad.
    • Air Fryer Asparagus.
    • Macaroni Salad.
    • Creamed Spinach.
    • Fettuccine Alfredo.
    • Roasted Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes.
    • Spinach Gratin.

    How To Store Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken?

    Zippy’s Garlic Miso Chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days if stored in an airtight container.

    How To Reheat Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken?

    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken may be easily reheated in the microwave at 20-second intervals. However, if you want them crisp again, reheat them in the oven or air fryer at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.

    What Does Miso Consist Of?

    Miso is a soy sauce made by fermenting the soybeans with salt and koji mold. In case you’re thinking “omg, mold!” To put your mind at ease, this is the very same mold that is used to manufacture sake.

    Miso paste is a fermented soybean paste that may additionally contain barley, rice, rye, or other grains. Read the label carefully and select a certified gluten-free and grain-free brand if avoiding gluten is essential to you.

    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe
    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe

    What Can You Use Miso Paste With?

    As demonstrated by this Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Recipe, miso may be used as a sauce or glaze, but it can also be used to create beautifully creamy pasta sauces, to flavor soups, and broths, and even as a salad dressing.

    Mixing miso with meat also has the effect of tenderizing it. Its umami taste is excellent for any savory dish.

    Is Miso Sauce Good for You?

    Absolutely! Highly healthy food with several positive health effects, miso is. Since miso is a fermented food item, it retains all the positive qualities associated with the fermentation process.

    The health benefits associated with fermented vegetables, such as a stronger immune system and improved digestion, are also true of miso paste. In addition to being high in protein, miso is also beneficial in that it contains probiotics. Perhaps the Okinawans who live in the blue zone owe their longevity to miso soup.

    Zippys Garlic Miso Chicken Nutrition Facts

    Amount Per Serving

    • Calories 521
    • Total Fat 26.2g
    • Saturated Fat 5.3g
    • Cholesterol 86mg
    • Sodium 398mg
    • Total Carbohydrate 43g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 2g
    • Protein 27g
    • Vitamin A 10%
    • Vitamin C 7%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 18%

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    Nutrition Facts

    Servings 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 521
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 26.2g41%
    Saturated Fat 5.3g27%
    Cholesterol 86mg29%
    Sodium 398mg17%
    Total Carbohydrate 43g15%
    Dietary Fiber 1g4%
    Sugars 2g
    Protein 27g54%

    Vitamin A 10 IU
    Vitamin C 7 mg
    Calcium 2 mg
    Iron 18 mg

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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