Chicken Yakitori

Quick and easy grilled (or broiled) Chicken Yakitori is ready in just 30 minutes! Serve on skewers as an appetizer or over rice for a fast weeknight meal.

Japanese-inspired Chicken Yakitori is a quick and easy way to add a little international flair to your dinner table.

Make a sweet-and-savory Asian sauce and baste chicken on the grill or in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. Or, make a bunch of skewers as a delicious party appetizer!

Quick and easy grilled (or broiled) Chicken Yakitori is ready in just 30 minutes! Serve on skewers as an appetizer or over rice for a fast weeknight meal.

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How do you make Yakitori Sauce?

To make Yakitori Sauce, simmer a combination of mirin (Japanese cooking wine), soy sauce (or coconut aminos to go gluten free), sake, water, green onions, and brown sugar.

The sauce will thicken in to a glaze making it perfect for basting. Divide the sauce in half: Half the sauce is for basting the chicken; the other half is for serving.

Quick and easy grilled (or broiled) Chicken Yakitori is ready in just 30 minutes! Serve on skewers as an appetizer or over rice for a fast weeknight meal.

How to make Chicken Yakitori

While the glaze simmers, skewer chopped chicken thighs on to bamboo sticks (which have been soaked for 20 to 30 minutes).

Whether you use a grill or your broiler, preheat the heating elements on HIGH. Oil the grill or rack set over a baking sheet (if broiling). This prevents the chicken from sticking.

Next, heat for about 6 minutes on one side, basting occasionally. Flip and continue cooking the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes longer (basting along the way). The chicken needs to reach 165 degrees on an internal thermometer.

Last, transfer the chicken to a platter and garnish before serving with the reserved sauce.

This recipe calls for 2 pounds of chicken thighs. To get 8 skewers, you’ll want to use approximately 4 ounces of chicken per skewer and then serve 2 skewers per person.

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Chicken Yakitori

Quick and easy grilled (or broiled) Chicken Yakitori is ready in just 30 minutes! Serve on skewers as an appetizer or over rice for a fast weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 420kcal

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups mirin
  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 3/4 cup sake
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 green onions green parts only, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar packed

For the chicken:

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless, cut into 1” pieces
  • olive oil
  • 4 green onions green parts only, finely sliced
  • Soak the bamboo skewers in water to prevent burning, about 20 minutes.

To make the sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring mirin, soy sauce, sake, water, green onions and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has reduced by half, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and bring to room temperature. Divide the sauce into half, reserving half for serving.

To make the chicken:

  • Skewer by folding each piece of chicken in half and inserting the skewer at a 45 degree angle. Aim for about 4 ounces of chicken per skewer, 8 skewers total.

For the grill:

  • Preheat grill on high. Oil the rack to prevent the chicken from sticking. Grill chicken over indirect heat and baste using half the sauce.
  • After six minutes, flip the chicken and baste again. Continue grilling and basting until the chicken is done (when a thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees), about 4 minutes longer. 
  • Transfer the skewers to a new dish and garnish with scallions. Serve with reserved sauce.

For the broiler:

  • Preheat broiler on high and oil the wire rack to prevent the chicken from sticking. Once the elements are hot, broil chicken over and baste using half the sauce.
  • After six minutes, flip the chicken and baste again. Continue broiling and basting until the chicken is done (when a thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees), about 4 minutes longer.
  • Transfer the skewers to a new dish and garnish with scallions. Serve with reserved sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal

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  1. Jim

    Fun to eat AND fun to say!5 stars

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