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ginger soy chicken skewers

Ginger Soy Marinade(for chicken skewers)

A simple delicious chicken marinade on a base of soy sauce, mirin, and fresh ginger.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins


  • 1-2 lbs chicken thighs (or breasts), uniformly cubed
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin(japanese cooking wine)
  • 6 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • small wooden skewers
  • rice noodles(optional)
  • black sesame seeds(optional)


Prepare the marinade

  • In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, chili flakes, and garlic.
  • Pour half the marinade into a container or zip top bag. Add chicken and marinate for 1 hour or up to overnight(longer is better!).
  • Pour the remaining half of the marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring. It will thicken a bit. Set aside to brush on the chicken or use a a dipping sauce.
  • Soak the wooden skewers in water to prevent them from burning.
  • Slice scallions into 1 1/2-inch pieces(white and light green parts are best, closer to the stem. they keep their shape better when grilled).
  • Assemble the skewers, alternating scallions and chicken.


  • Fire up the grill or heat up a grill pan over medium heat. Grease the grates/pan to prevent sticking. Taking care not to crowd the skewers, grill 3 minutes on the first side and 2-3 minutes on the second side, until golden and cooked through. Brush with extra glaze or serve on the side for dipping.

OPTIONAL(with noodles)

  • prepare the noodles:Add noodles to a large pot, cover with boiling water and let sit for 10-15 minutes, until softened.
    Pour sauce over the noodles and toss to coat. Garnish with sesame.