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Grilled Soy-Glazed Chicken Thighs & Scallions


Serves four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 58

  • 3/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/3 cup low-salt soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 8 skinless bone-in chicken thighs (about 3-1/4 lb.), trimmed of excess fat
  • 8 scallions, trimmed

Heat a gas grill to medium or prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire. In a medium bowl, whisk the sherry, soy sauce, honey, 2 Tbs. of the oil, the garlic, ginger, pepper, and chile flakes until blended. Pour into a large zip-top bag. Cut two or three 1/4-inch-deep slashes in the skin side of the thighs and put them in the bag. Marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes (or up to 4 hours in the fridge), turning the bag a few times to evenly coat the thighs. Coat the scallions in the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Lift the thighs out of the marinade (let excess marinade drain back into the bag) and set them on the hottest part of the grill. Arrange the scallions around the thighs on the cooler parts of the grill. Grill, turning frequently to prevent burning, until the scallions are tender, 5 to 8 minutes, and the thighs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the scallions and thighs from the grill as they finish cooking and tent loosely with foil.

While the thighs are on the grill, pour the marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce the liquid to a syrupy glaze (about 1/3 cup), 10 to 15 minutes.

Drizzle the glaze over the chicken thighs and scallions and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Pair with steamed fragrant white rice like jasmine.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 380, Fat (kcal): 16, Fat Calories (g): 140, Saturated Fat (g): 3, Protein (g): 30, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4, Carbohydrates (mg): 25, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 7, Sodium (g): 840, Cholesterol (g): 115, Fiber (g): 2,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Prepared this today for Valentines Day dinner. We were planning on going out for dinner but then decided to stay in. This recipe was quick and easy and delicious! I used Madeira instead of Sherry because that is what I had on hand. Served this dish with steamed cauliflower and spinach and toasted baguette rubbed with olive oil and a cut garlic clove. The baguette was great for mopping up some of the glaze. Yum!


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Really delicious. Will make again for sure. yum, yum, yum...

This is an easy and delicious chicken recipe. I have made this one many times. This recipe is the only chicken dish my son will eat. It's always a hit.

My family loves this recipe. I love it because it's easy to do after work and has great flavor. It's rated "a do over" in our house.

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