Street vendors cross East Asia scrunch modest pieces of meat on to skewers and baste them about scorching coals with a sweet and savory sauce. Amid the sizzle and fragrant puffs of smoke, the sauce thickens to a luscious glaze, and — importantly — the meat cooks up speedy.
This mixture of speed and bold flavor has constantly appealed to us at Milk Road, but for weeknight skewers we trade the open-air grill for the easy, controlled warmth of a broiler. The close to-immediate heat chars the peaks of the skewered meat, and the valleys capture very little swimming pools of caramelizing sauce.
These savory-sweet chicken skewers from our book “COOKish,” which boundaries recipes to just 6 ingredients devoid of sacrificing flavor, are loosely primarily based on Japanese yakitori. We layer on the flavors — initially as a fast marinade for the rooster, then as a basting sauce, and eventually as a finishing sauce. The final coating aids sesame seeds or scallions — or both equally — adhere to the hen.
Maple syrup might not be conventional, but it punches up the flavor of the glaze with a lot more complexity than regular sugar with out further elements. And the heat of freshly grated ginger assists to equilibrium the sugars in the soy sauce glaze.
Serve with rice and a crunchy slaw or make into a sandwich or wrap with shredded vegetables and a smear of mayonnaise. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil.
Maple and Soy–Glazed Chicken Skewers
Get started to end: 40 minutes
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh new ginger OR 3 medium garlic cloves, finely grated OR each
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1½ teaspoons sherry vinegar OR cider vinegar
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless hen thighs, halved lengthwise
- Sesame seeds, toasted OR thinly sliced scallions OR the two
Stir collectively the soy, ginger and oil. In one more bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of that with the maple syrup and vinegar. Toss the rooster with the remaining soy combination. Heat the broiler with a rack 4 inches from the component. Scrunch the rooster on to steel skewers, then established on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil right until properly browned, about 12 minutes, flipping the moment. Brush lightly with the soy-maple mixture, then broil until eventually frivolously charred, 2 to 3 minutes for every aspect. Brush with remaining soy-maple mixture, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.