An easy way to cook chicken is to just baste it with bottled Teriyaki sauce and call it a day. (Teriyaki sauce is a mixture of soy sauce, a sweetener and Mirin, but it can also contain ginger and sesame seeds. (Cheaper versions will use high-fructose corn syrup as the sweetener, and vinegar in place of the Mirin. I used Kikkoman Original Teriyaki Sauce, a slightly upscale version of their regular Teriyaki, containing Mirin and no high-fructose corn syrup. )
It’s a little more work to brine the chicken and make a glaze, but the end flavor is worth it, when you have the time. For succulent, tasty grilled chicken that you would be proud to serve to company, give this recipe a try.
|Grilled Honey-Teriyaki Chicken Wings |
Loosely Adapted from Tyler Florence
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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|1 quart water |
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 garlic cloves, smashed slightly, divided
3 slices ginger root, gently bashed to open up, divided
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
3 sprigs fresh thyme
6 – 8 chicken wings, sectioned, tips discarded
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
1 Tbsp. honey
1-1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil, divided
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
About 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Sliced scallions for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Combine water, brown sugar, 2 garlic cloves, 1 slice ginger root, 1 Tbsp. salt and 3 sprigs thyme in a large resealable bag; swirl to dissolve sugar and salt. Add chicken pieces and allow to brine for 1-2 hours in the fridge.
Heat grill to 400F with one burner turned off. Season grates with a wad of paper towel that has been dipped in vegetable oil.
Make glaze: In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine Teriyaki sauce, honey, 2 slices ginger root, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp. sesame oil and crushed red pepper. Simmer until rich and slightly reduced.
Remove chicken from brine; pat dry; place in large bowl. Drizzle with 1 tsp. sesame oil; sprinkle with black pepper; toss to coat. Grill over indirect heat on turned-off burner about 20-25 minutes, basting with glaze during last 5 minutes. Serve garnished with finely sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serves 2-3 (Leftovers are great for next-day’s lunch.)