Recipe courtesy of Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat

Ginger-Garlic Half Chicken

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons sake

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

4 cloves grated garlic

2 teaspoons tobanjan

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 half chickens (3 to 4 pounds total)

Directions

  1. Mix together the soy sauce, sake, ginger, garlic, tobanjan, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl to make the marinade. Pour three-fourths of the marinade into a baking dish or rimmed sheet pan; reserve the rest. Lay the chicken in the marinade and flip the halves 4 times to generously coat all over. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to make sure all the crevices are well coated. Marinate the chicken halves for 10 minutes, turning once.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium. Grill the chicken, covered, for about 35 minutes. Start by grilling skin side down for about 2 minutes. Flip the chicken and brush on the reserved marinade. Flip the chicken about every 7 minutes, brushing on more marinade after each turn. The chickens are done when very juicy with meat pulling away from the bone. Rest the chicken for 5 minutes, cut into serving pieces, and serve.

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