This was one of the first meals I had in Hong Kong. I was walking down the street with my brother and he said, “how about this place?” I couldn’t read the menu, ignored the ducks hanging in the window and said, “why not.” I ordered grilled chicken and a few chicken legs were place in front of me. They were expertly cooked, but to finish, they chopped them (right through the bone) into 1 inch sections. Different than I thought, actually I thought it was pretty bizarre, but it was so good! The best part was the ginger scallion sauce that I recreated here. I hope you enjoy!
Asian Grilled Chicken with Ginger Scallion Sauce
- 2 Chicken breasts
- 6 Chicken thighs
- 2 Cups Cooked white (or brown rice)
Ginger Scallion Sauce
- 5 Green onion finely chopped
- 3 inch Ginger Grated
- 4 Cloves Garlic Grated
- 1/3 Cup Grapeseed oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoon Soy sauce
Glaze for Grilling
- 1 Tablespoon Soy sauce
- 1/2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Brown sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sesame oil
- For the best results, I start prepping the chicken in advance. You can start 4 hours before you plan to eat, or the night before.
- Butterfly the chicken breasts, cutting them in half, so they are thin. I do this because it cuts down of the cook time on the grill. This is important because if you were to grill a whole chicken breast instead, the chicken might get a little too much caramelization from the glaze and marinade.
- Add all chicken to a zip top bag with the marinade ingredients (again, this is overnight, or 4 hours before cooking).
- Heat your grill to a medium.
- Place the chicken on the grill and brush with glaze and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip the chicken and immediately add the glaze. Cook for another few minutes, flip and glaze again. Your total cook time is about 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
- Remove from the grill to a plate.
- To serve, cut your chicken into 1 inch strips and place over your steamed rice. Drizzle with the sauce and enjoy!
- Put all ingredients, other than the oil, into a small baking dish. This can be a ceramic bowl, or anything that won't break or crack under very high heat. You just want it to be at least a couple inches deep, and small enough that the ingredients get saturated by the oil.
- Pour oil into a pot over medium-high heat for 6 minutes or until the oil is just about smoking.
- Carefully remove the oil from the heat, and pour over your ingredients in the baking dish. Be careful! The ingredients will sizzle and bubble a little (my kids love this part, ranks up there with baking soda volcano and flambé.)
- Let ingredients rest/cook for 10 minutes until room temperature.
- Add all contents to a blender and puree until smooth, for 2 to 3 minutes.