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Grilled Chicken with Soy Sauce Tare

4 Servings

1¼ hours

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In the Japanese kitchen, tare (pronounced tah-reh) is a multipurpose seasoning liquid made by combining high-impact ingredients to create deep, concentrated, umami-rich flavor. The base might be miso, sesame paste or even salt, but soy sauce (shoyu, in Japanese) is the most common. Among its many uses, tare can be added to broths for noodle soups, mixed with other ingredients to make dipping sauces or brushed on as a basting sauce for grilled foods such as yakitori (chicken skewers). In this recipe, we make a simple shoyu tare for seasoning grilled bone-in chicken thighs that have been slashed to allow fat to render and the seasoning to soak in. The recipe makes about ¾ cup of tare but you will need only ½ cup for the chicken; the remainder will keep in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.




Don’t discard the shiitakes after straining them out of the tare. The flavorful, savory-sweet mushrooms can be sliced and used in stir-fries, fried rice or noodle dishes (such as the sesame noodles.

1¼ hours

For the tare:


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Cynthia R.
March 9, 2023
Looking forward to making this!!!
I love cooking with Soy Sauce but I use San Jay Low Sodium, Gluten Free sauce and my favorite is add this with really good butter to Salmon, and bake... I used to cover & nuke it but stopped using a microwave years ago.
Felice N.
August 6, 2022
Delicious worth the effort.
The chicken was juicy with great crisp skin.
Lara H.

Is it really necessary to use both mirin and sake? What changes in the dish using both as opposed to one or the other?

Mary S.

The flavor was outstanding, and I didn't have the typical burnt sugar issues I normally do with glazes. I used my BGE and no flare ups:) But I think I should have left the skin side down a little longer, because I wish a little more of the skin fat had rendered. That said - my picky husband who normally turns his nose up a bone-in skin on chx thighs thought they were great, and both kids liked them too - so winner winner chicken dinner.

Mary B.

This recipe is a keeper! I used oyster sauce (Purchased from Milk Street)rather than soy sauce. I will be making this again

Lisa F.

This recipe is amazing! My husband is From Japan. He highly approves!

Lisa F.

Yes, both sake and mirin are necessary. The soy sauce, sake, mirin combination is traditional in Japanese grill marinades. The flavors complement one another. Also, the mirin is sweet, it’s sugars are what cause the chicken to caramelize.