I'm going to be honest with you right now and tell you that this recipe was a last minute dinner idea. The night before I had made some ginger soy dressing for a basic salad and fell in love with the flavor. After sitting around and asking the wife, "What sounds good tonight" around 36,000 times, I decided I'd marinate some chicken thighs I had in my dressing from the night before and see how it turned out. I took one bite and was instantly hooked. This stuff is packed with so much flavor its kind of ridiculous. It was so easy to make, I even steamed some brown rice for a side. Come on, I barely had to cook. I grilled some limes and cut up some green onion and that's it. Tell me you don't need this on a busy weekday!
Ginger-Soy Chicken Thighs
Prep Time: 10 minutes; 4 hours for the chicken to marinate
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Recommended Pellets: Apple
4-6 chicken thighs
1 cup prepared ginger-soy sauce
3 green onion stalks
1/2 cup grated onion
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
When you go to make your dressing, you can do it how I did, or you can opt for a blender or food processor. This sauce may have a decent amount of ingredients but it is incredibly easy and packed full of flavor. I used my cheese grater and used the small holes to grate down 1/2 c of yellow onion and 2 tbsp of fresh ginger. Once that's in the bowl all you have to do is measure the rest of the ingredients and incorporate it all into the bowl. I wanted to grate the onion and ginger in so this dressing would have a nice texture to it as well. Once your sauce is all mixed up, take your chicken thighs and put it into a zip lock bag and use around 3/4 of the dressing to cover. I let my chicken thigh sit for around 4 hrs, turning the bag every hour. Once you reach your final hour take the chicken out of the fridge and set it on the counter to increase its internal temperature. When your 4 hours is almost up, go ahead and turn your Traeger on and make sure the grill is set to "Smoke" with the lid open. Give that around 4-5 minutes for your grill to prepare.
While your grill is preparing, now would be a good time to cut your limes and green onion to be used later.
Now that your garnish is set up, turn your grill up to "High" and let it get good and hot, around 10 mins. Once your grill is hot, go ahead and throw your marinated chicken thighs on, skin side down.
As soon as the chicken hits the grill you will immediately be slapped in the face with this delicious, aromatic dream. Something that will have you thinking about this meal for the next week. Cook the chicken for around 10 mins then flip it over. Make sure you monitor your chicken well. This dressing has sugar in it that will caramelize quickly if you let it, so to prevent burn, keep your eyes open! After you flip the chicken over, grill it another 10 minutes then add your limes and finish the chicken off with another 5 minutes.
Perfect. The way I threw this all together, I steamed some rice, threw that on my cutting board, topped it with my chicken, then finished it with a squeeze of my lime juice and a nice sprinkling of my sliced green onion. Just to reinforce the flavor, take the remaining 1/4 c of dressing we reserved and drizzle it all over everything. Let those delicious juices flow throughout your rice and make this meal one for the record books.