Garlic Miso Chicken Wings

Introducing my flavorful Garlic Miso Chicken Wings recipe, marinated in a Japanese-style miso blend overnight for juicy and absolutely irresistible wings! With minimal prep and basic Japanese ingredients, these wings are perfect for a quick and delicious meal or as a delightful side dish. Get ready to elevate your chicken game with this easy-to-make and incredibly tasty dish. Once you try these baked wings, you’ll be hooked!

Garlic miso chicken wings topped with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions served on a white plate, close up shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re like me and always craving a delicious and easy-to-make main course, look no further than my Garlic Miso Chicken Wings! These wings are marinated overnight in my special miso marinade inspired by my popular Korean BBQ Garlic Pork Belly and Miso Pork Belly recipes, infusing them with savory umami flavors of garlic and miso ensuring each bite is packed with irresistible taste!

Made with my hassle-free baking method from my Tebasaki Chicken Wings and Chili Lime Chicken Wings recipes, these wings come out of the oven perfectly golden brown every single time. They’re ideal for anyone seeking restaurant-quality Japanese-style chicken wings made at home with an easy recipe that saves you money. Get ready to experience the ultimate savory satisfaction and make these wings now!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings & Drumettes – fresh or frozen. If frozen, defrost per instructions on the packaging.
  • Garlic – fresh and grated.
  • Miso – awase brown Miso works best.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Sweetener use your preferred sweetener.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Green Onion fresh and chopped scallions.

🍗 Wings Note

It’s important not to confuse Drumettes with Drumsticks in this recipe. Drumsticks, being larger and part of the chicken’s leg, won’t be suitable due to their size.

Garlic miso chicken wings topped with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions served on a white plate.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Combine grated garlic, soy sauce, Japanese sake, and sweetener in a mixing bowl and whisk well. Transfer the marinade to a ziplock bag along with chicken wings. Marinate overnight ideally up to 24 hours.

Garlic miso wings being marinated in a mixing bowl.

💡 Marinating Pro Tip

For an effective marinating process, try to Remove as much Air as you can from the ziplock bag so the marinade can fully cover all the chicken pieces.

Step 2 To avoid burning the miso during cooking, wash off any extra marinade from the chicken wings. Line the wings on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 500°F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Garlic miso wing being baked in the oven

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

Check the internal temperature for the wings reaches 165°F in the center to ensure they are thoroughly cooked and safe to eat.

🍗 Browing Pro Tip

To achieve extra browning, Move the Tray 6-8 inches away from the heating element after the initial 20 minutes and Broil for 1-3 Minutes on each side until golden brown.

💡 Garnishing Pro Tip

For an enhanced presentation and added flavor, garnish with chopped Green Onions.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve the wings with Japanese Spinach Salad, Japanese Miso Eggplant Stir Fry, or vegetables with my Miso Mayo Sauce. Pair them with rice and a bowl of Japanese Corn Soup for a complete and satisfying Japanese style meal.

Garlic miso chicken wings topped with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions served on a white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other cuts of chicken instead of wings for this recipe?

Yes, you can absolutely use other cuts of chicken besides wings for this recipe. Chicken breast, chicken thigh, or drumsticks would all work wonderfully with the savory miso marinade, offering a delicious alternative to chicken wings.

What temperature should the oven be preheated to for baking the wings?

The oven should be preheated to 400°F for baking the wings.

Are there any substitutes for miso if I don't have it on hand?

Unfortunately, there are no direct substitutes for miso in this recipe, as it is the main ingredient for the marinade. Miso contributes to the rich umami flavor profile and unique taste of the dish.

Can I grill the chicken wings instead of baking them?

Yes, you can grill the chicken wings instead of baking them. Prior to grilling, wash off the marinade and then grill the wings at 350°F for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Grilling will impart a delicious smoky flavor to the wings while still retaining their juicy texture.

Storage Tips

Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them. They will stay fresh for 5-7 days in the fridge.

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Garlic miso chicken wings topped with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions served on a white plate.

Garlic Miso Chicken Wings

Experience the savory fusion of flavors with Garlic Miso Chicken Wings. Tender wings marinated in a rich miso blend offer a delightful Japanese inspired meal. Elevate your dining experience with this irresistible recipe!
5 from 7 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: garlic miso chicken, miso marinated chicken wings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 wings
Print Recipe
Calories: 28kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken Wings & Drumettes
  • 4 Clove Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Miso
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1/4 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed optional
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for garlic miso chicken wings.
  • Combine miso, grated garlic, Japanese sake, soy sauce, sweetener, and water in the same mixing bowl. Mix well until the marinade liquefies. Add chicken wings and toss to coat evenly. Transfer the tossed wings into zip lock bags and marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.
    Garlic miso wings being marinated in a mixing bowl.
  • Once ready to cook, preheat oven to 500F.
    Oven being preheated.
  • Wash wings off with water and pat dry with a paper towel. Note - if you intend to meal prep some of the wings, freeze at this step. Line the oven tray with aluminum foil and spray/coat with cooking oil or use a silicone baking mat. Line chicken on a tray skin-side down and make sure they are not touching one another.
    Garlic miso wing on a baking sheet.
  • Place the tray in the CENTER of the oven and bake the chicken for 10 minutes or until browned skin side down. Note – if the chicken is browning too quickly, lower the tray to the rack below.
    Garlic miso wing being baked in the oven
  • Once browned, flip the chicken and bake for additional 10 minutes or until browned. If you want a crispy skin, move the rack 6-8″ away from the heating element, switch to broil, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with optional green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
    Garlic miso wing served on a plate.

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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6 Comments

  1. Is a good chunk of the flavor not lost upon washing? Have you tried these grilled rather than baked?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Kristina! As long as you marinate the wings overnight, all the flavors will be infused in the meat so washing will be ok. Actually, if you don’t wash off the marinate, it will burn in the cooking process and be super salty. We never tried BBQing them, but I don’t see how you could go wrong with adding an extra smoke flavor in there!

  2. Linda Dickens

    Your recipes look amazing and I can not wait to try them out. How do you calculate the nutrition info. because they seem a little off to me ??‍♀️. I’m on a really strict diet, counting carbs and protein amount and would like to know if the nutrition is for 1 piece or a whole serving. Thank you.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Linda! The NF are calculated out automatically with a program using an API database, so sometimes the NF can be off. For example, if the recipe calls for a marinade, the program will calculate all the marinade ingredients without accounting that you don’t consume the marinade.

      For most of our recipes, we list the net carbs per serving. So for this recipe, it would be 1 serving is ~ 3 net carbs. 1 serving is around 8 pieces of wings, so each wing would be ~0.375g of net carbs. Hope that helps!

      • Linda Dickens

        Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I love your recipes and I’m excited to try them all! So glad I found a site with low carb Asian recipes by actual Asians! ❤️

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