Grilled Soy and Sake Chicken Breasts

Grilled Sake and Soy Chicken Breasts
Sake and Soy Chicken Breasts. Fotosearch/Getty Images
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

Sake is not only fun to drink, but it works really well in a marinade. The flavor from the sake won't overpower the chicken but will enhance the flavor and help the soy sauce and ginger work its way into the meat. This is a perfect make ahead meal that can be combined and stored in a freezer back for up to one month.  Simply thaw and grill.

What You'll Need

  • 4 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL sake
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL water
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) grated fresh ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced

How to Make It

  1. Remove any excess fat from the chicken breasts.  Place one at a time on a cutting board lined with a long piece with plastic wrap.  Cover breast with the leftover piece of plastic.  Using a kitchen or rolling pin mallet, flatten chicken to uniform thickness of 1/2 inch thick. Repeat process with each breast.  Once flattened, place into a resealable plastic bag.  Use two bags if necessary.
  2. Combine sake, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, water and soy sauce in a small bowl.
  1. Pour the mixture over the chicken, making sure it is well coated. Seal bag and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  3. Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade.  Set chicken onto a clean plate. Place reserved marinade into a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer on low for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Place chicken onto grill and baste liberally with reserved marinade, and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken, baste, and allow to cook for another 6-8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.  Discard any remaining marinade.
  6. Once cooked, remove breasts from grill and place onto a platter and serve. 
  7. If making ahead of time, follow chicken and marinade preparation instructions.  Place breasts into a vacuum sealed bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month or more.  To cook, simply thaw package and grill as instructed.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 409
Total Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Sodium 1,046 mg
Carbohydrates 13 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 37 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)