Cook the Book Fridays: Ponzu Chicken from Everyday Dorie

Dorie Greenspan's ponzu chicken in a white enamel dish.


Hi dear Cook the Book Friday readers – it’s been… a while (like, nearly 2 months since I posted a CtBF recipe). Quick update for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram…

At the beginning of May (after being fairly unwell for the month of April and even before) I was hospitalized for a fairly serious emergency surgery. Surgery went well, and prognosis looks incredibly good, but my recuperation period is such that I am on medical leave for the rest of the school year, hence my radio silence since… mid-April. Slowly I can do a little more laptop time every couple of days and I’m hoping to be more active over the next few weeks…

I’ve dictated most of this post to make things a bit easier on my eyes so apologies if it doesn’t read well (my phone is learning how I speak/ write better every day though!)


This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Everyday Dorie. Ponzu Chicken is an easy marinated chicken dish (using chicken breasts in the original recipe) that I was happy to see on the list because we had a large amount of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs in our freezer and this is the sort of easy dish that makes for fine leftovers.

I ended up marinading the chicken for most of the day (the chicken breast version doesn’t take much longer than a couple of hours) and still was worried that the flavour wouldn’t be imparted but I needn’t have worried – end result was flavourful and not at all dry like I was worried about. The marinade is lemon and lime juice and zest, ponzu sauce (a mix of soy and citrus), rice vinegar, mild oil red curry paste (I was very sparing with this as I can’t tolerate too much spice right now), and a touch of sugar).

We roasted the thighs at 400˚F for about 35 minutes at which point most of them were cooked, some of them got a little *too* roasted on the skin but they were still more than edible. Dorie’s recipe calls for boiling the marinade and serving it as a sauce but we didn’t do this (I am always weirded out about using a marinade, even cooked again, that raw meat has been in) and the chicken didn’t need it.

We served this with steamed rice and greens and it was *so* good. Neil of course paired this with the perfect wine…

Dorie Greenspan's ponzu chicken in a white enamel dish on a concrete ledge with a bottle of wine and a glass of wine next to it.

You can read his pairing notes here.

A repeat dish, for sure!

Get the recipe for Ponzu Chicken on p 112 of Dorie Grenspan’s Everyday Dorie

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4 thoughts on “Cook the Book Fridays: Ponzu Chicken from Everyday Dorie”

  1. Mardi I have been wondering where you have been! I am sorry to hear of the medical emergency. I wish you well on your road to recovery. Take it easy and don’t worry:)

  2. You are unfailingly punctual in this space and your absence was certainly felt. I’m so glad you’re back posting again and the prognosis looks promising. Take good care and be well! The chicken dish looks typically “Mardi.” Welcome back.

  3. So sorry to hear you have been having some health issues …I am sure that had to be quite scary. So glad you are doing better and back here cooking and posting! I knew you had been gone, but figured you were off in one of your other homes or vacationing..which would have been the better choice! Your chicken looks great…especially the crispy parts!


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