Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts {Recipe}

Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts are the perfect weeknight dinner – quick and easy to make, kid-friendly, and full of flavor and nutrition!

Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts are the perfect weeknight dinner - quick and easy to make, kid-friendly, and full of flavor and nutrition! Get the gluten-free and dairy-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

If you follow my Menu Plan Monday series, you’ve probably noticed that weeknight dinners tend to be a lot of vegetarian meals like frittatas, all-in-one pasta dishes, and meals based around beans and lentils. We are by no means a vegetarian family – in fact my husband loves his meat – but meatless meals tend to cook up more quickly, which is a necessity during the hectic week.

Of course we do have our occasional fish dish, like my 5-Ingredient Orange Maple Salmon, which is as quick and easy as it gets in my house, but we tend to save the steak dinners and roasted chicken for Friday nights when we celebrate the Jewish Sabbath and I make a larger, more involved meal for the family.

As a result, I haven’t shared too many chicken dishes with you over the years, but every time I do – like my Pistachio-Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Summer Chicken Kebabs with Herb Sauce – they’re always a crowd pleaser. So I thought it was about time for me to share another one and this Miso-Glazed Chicken recipe is a perfect 30 minute meal for those busy weeknights when you want some chicken but don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen.

Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts are the perfect weeknight dinner - quick and easy to make, kid-friendly, and full of flavor and nutrition! Get the gluten-free and dairy-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

The Ingredients & Preparation

One of the reasons this chicken recipe is so quick to make is because I use chicken cutlets without the bone and without the skin, which means they cook up much more quickly than bone-in chicken. I happen to love bone-in chicken (or chicken on the bone as my girls call it), but my husband has a weird thing about seeing the bone of the chicken and having to deal with it. Whenever I make bone-in chicken I have to cut the breast off the bone for him, so I might as well make boneless chicken anyway (although I do love that I get the extra bone from his piece!).

To keep boneless, skinless chicken moist and juicy you need a good sauce and this miso-based sauce totally fits the bill. It is so flavorful and delicious you’ll want to start putting it on everything you cook – fish, tofu, beef, veggies. I bet it would even be good on pasta!

If you’re not familiar, miso is a Japanese seasoning made into a paste from fermented soybeans, making it a great source of probiotics. There are a number of varieties, some of which are saltier or sweeter than others. I tend to use the mellow white miso because it’s a little sweet and not overly salty. It adds so much umami flavor to whatever you’re cooking it with and a little definitely goes a long way. I always keep miso in the fridge since it lasts a long time and I love adding it to dressings and sauces, like I do for my Miso-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Root Veggies and Buddha bowl.

To make this miso-glazed chicken, I first marinate the chicken breasts in a sauce made of miso, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, garlic, and honey. You can marinate the chicken overnight if it’s easier for you to prep it in advance or do it the same day, just make sure you let it marinate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to permeate the chicken.

Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts are the perfect weeknight dinner - quick and easy to make, kid-friendly, and full of flavor and nutrition! Get the gluten-free and dairy-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Once the chicken is marinated, I bake it in the oven for 25 minutes, basting it with the sauce about halfway through, and then broil it for a few minutes to get that beautiful golden top. While the chicken bakes, I bring the reserved marinade to a boil and reduce it into a thicker, more syrupy glaze to serve on top of the finished product with some chopped scallions. All you need to round out the meal are some roasted veggies (which can be made while the chicken is cooking) and a side of brown rice or quinoa if you’re in the mood for a more filling meal.

I served this miso-glazed chicken with a side of roasted broccoli, which one of my girls isn’t a big fan of but happily ate with some of the extra miso-glaze on top – I told you the sauce is good!

I’m a big fan of leftovers, which is why I make two pounds of chicken in this recipe. This leftover miso-glazed chicken is perfect on top of a salad for lunch the next day, added to my Asian-Style Farro Buddha Bowl, as a filling for chicken tacos, or simply between two slices of whole grain bread.

However you choose to enjoy it, I am sure your family will enjoy this recipe. If you do, drop me a line on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram or leave me a comment below!

Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts Recipe

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Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts
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Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are marinated in a miso-based sauce and baked in this quick and easy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor and nutrition. Serve with a side of your family's favorite roasted veggies and a whole grain for a complete and balanced meal.
Recipe Type: Dinner, Entree, Chicken
Cuisine: Asian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Serves: 6
  • ⅓ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (or gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, miso paste, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Add chicken breasts to bowl and coat with the sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and transfer chicken to the dish, reserving marinade. Bake chicken for 15 minutes. Baste the chicken with pan juices and bake another 10 minutes. Turn on broiler and broil chicken for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown on top.
  3. While chicken is baking, transfer marinade to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half and sauce is syrupy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Serve chicken with chopped scallions and miso-glaze drizzled on top.
You can marinate the chicken the night before to save time.

Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts are the perfect weeknight dinner - quick and easy to make, kid-friendly, and full of flavor and nutrition! Get the gluten-free and dairy-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Do you cook chicken during the week?

Have you ever cooked with miso?

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48 Responses to Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts {Recipe}

  1. Laura says:

    What a great healthy weeknight meal!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Laura!

  2. Sarah says:

    I love the miso glaze twist on this! I wonder if it would even be good on seafood.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Sarah. It would absolutely be great on seafood! The first time I ever had miso-glazed anything was on cod fish at a fancy Japanese restaurant! Let me know if you give it a try!

  3. Taylor Kiser says:

    What a delicious dinner idea! Love that sauce! And the chicken looks so moist! This is definitely a must make!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Taylor! It’s a delicious sauce and the chicken is absolutely so moist. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. This dinner has my name written all over it! Always looking for new chicken recipes and this one is definitely a must-make!

    • Jessica says:

      So happy to hear that Lindsay! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  5. I need to find an Asian market over here so I can get miso paste again!! I’ve been seeing it used in recipes like this and it sounds SO good. This looks delicious!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Emily! I hope you find it. When you do, buy a big tub of it since it lasts a long time and you will want to use it for so many things!

  6. Looks delicious! I need to get my mom to switch up her chicken recipes, so maybe I can slide this one in on her!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Amanda! Let me know if you have success with your mom!!

  7. Jenn says:

    The miso sauce sounds wonderful – so much flavor! I bet it would be great over roasted veggies too!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Jenn! It is definitely delicious on veggies too!

  8. Did you make this recipe just for me? I’ve seriously been craving miso lately and I always need new ideas for chicken (I should just cook from your blog for that, seriously!).

    • Jessica says:

      Haha..it’s all for you Alisa! I know what you mean about needing new ideas for chicken. I have another new one coming soon too! And the best part for you is that they’re all dairy-free since we don’t mix meat and dairy! Hope you enjoy!

  9. Emily Kyle says:

    I have never cooked with miso before, but I am looking forward to giving this a try! I agree, an easy meal during week days is a must to keep my own sanity! Thanks for sharing this quick & easy recipe 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Oh, you need to try cooking with miso Emily – and make this!! Would love to know if you do!

  10. I love how simple and delicious this looks! I love your plating! Cannot wait to try it!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Meg – it is definitely simple and delicious, I promise you that! Can’t wait for you to try it!

  11. abby says:

    These look amazing – and I know my kids would love them, too!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Abby! Let me know if you make it for the kids – would love to hear how they like it!

  12. abbey sharp says:

    Miso flavours add such a great kick to so many dishes. These look great! Will need to try!!

    • Jessica says:

      I totally agree! Thanks Abbey!

  13. ACKTIVE LIFE says:

    I have chicken once a week, but I have never cooked it with miso! Looks delicious and will pin it for later. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hope you give it a try next time it’s chicken night!

  14. I sadly have never cooked with miso, but I’m thinking that needs to change. This recipe looks so simple and delicious! Perfect for any easy weeknight meal

    • Jessica says:

      Oh yes, that does need to change! You will love miso added to sauces and marinades. Hope you give this easy recipe a try!

  15. This glaze looks insane! I don’t eat meat, but I bet this would taste great on tofu or tempeh!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Christina – it is really delicious and would be great on tofu!

  16. These look amazing! I love miso anything, and this chicken is calling my name 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Jodi! If you love miso you will definitely love this!

  17. This glaze looks delicious – and thanks for reminding me – I’m out of Miso! Pinned:)

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Anne! Hope you get some miso quickly so you can make this! Thanks for pinning 🙂

  18. Carmy says:

    Oh this looks so yummy! The miso glaze is on point!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Carmy!

  19. I’m always looking for something new to do with chicken! I’m not familiar with using miso but excited to try.

    • Jessica says:

      Hope you give it a try. Miso is really versatile, so once you cook with it you’ll love it!

  20. What a great meal idea, I’d love those flavors!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Lauren – I am sure you’ll love it!

  21. Diane Boyd says:

    Wow! your Miso-glazed chicken breasts look amazing. I can’t believe I have never cooked with miso. Guess your recipe will be my first.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Diane! I can’t believe you haven’t cooked with miso before either! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  22. Such a simple dish with lots of flavor!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Betsy!

  23. I’ve never cooked with miso but this looks SO good! Pinned!

    • Jessica says:

      What?! I can’t believe that! You have to try it and let me know what you think. Thanks for pinning 🙂

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