3 lbs chicken wings, ends cut off
1/2 cup gluten-free shoyu (soy sauce)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup mirin
3 stalks green onion, sliced thin, a tsp reserved for garnish
1 tsp garlic chili sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds, a pinch reserved for presentation
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 inch ginger, grated or minced very fine
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
Add all the ingredients except the chicken and reserve ingredients to a large ziploc bag or container and mix well. Add the chicken and marinate for at least 2-4 hours. Reserve the marinade when done!
Chicken can be cooked in a number of ways, grilled, baked or broiled.
Grilled: cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side.
Baked: middle oven rack, 425 degrees for about 30 minutes
Broiled: on high, about 4 inches from the top for about 5 minutes per side.
While the chicken is cooking put the reserve marinade in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Bring the sauce to a simmer and continue simmering until reduced by half. The sauce will thicken due to the sugars. When the chicken is done give it a quick dunk in the marinade then transfer to serving plate. Pour any remaining sauce over the chicken.
Sprinkle a few slivers of green onion and some toasted sesame seeds on top for presentation.
For a fruitier and sweeter wing replace the water with a fruit juice such as orange juice or pineapple juice. Fresh squeezed oranges will likely brighten up the flavor, while a canned pineapple juice should impart a very sweet taste.
Gluten-free variation: simply replace the soy sauce with a gluten-free variation. If gluten is not an issue for you simply use any soy sauce.
Want spicier? Add fresh or dried red chili peppers, more garlic chili sauce, or sriracha (the rooster bottle).