A grilled chicken on a Japanese style skewer during a sweet and salty sauce!
Yakitori is super easy to arrange and then simple that it’s totally easy to skewer the chicken, grill it and canopy it with the tasty sauce! Let’s start with the sauce, which could be a Tarasauce, sweet and thick soy, just like teriyaki sauce, with the most ingredients: soy, sugar, saké, and mirin, which is cooked until it thickens a touch. (There are many variations of the sauce with different flavors and ingredients) Next comes the grill, which usually takes place over a charcoal fire, but may also be “grilled” on a barbecue, in a very pan, or perhaps under a grill. I prefer to marinate the chicken within the sauce before grilling, so a number of it’s caramelized during cooking and also the chips after grilling to accentuate the flavor! Yakitori may be a street dish, and per se, it is eaten directly from the stick, and you’ll also make it more sort of a sit-down meal by serving it on a plate with rice and vegetables. (I prefer to serve it with roasted pineapple and red peppers!)
Yakitori (Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers)
Prep Time: 10 minutes Marinate Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4
A Japanese style grilled skewered chicken in a sweet and salty sauce!
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons sake
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 pound chicken breast or thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Bring the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the sauce thickens a bit, about 5 minutes, before letting it cool.
- Marinate the chicken in half of the sauce for 20 minutes to overnight.
- Skewer the chicken up!
- Grill* over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-4 minutes per side, basting with the reserved sauce before enjoying!
Note: You can ‘grill’ the skewers over the fire, on a bbq/grill, in a pan, under the broiler, etc.
Option: Use store-bought teriyaki sauce.
Option: Add slices of garlic to the sauce as it simmers and removes, to add garlic flavor.
Option: Add slices of ginger to the sauce as it simmers and removes, to add ginger flavor.
Option: Add slices of shiitake mushrooms to the sauce as it simmers and removes, to add mushroom flavor.
Option: Use a different sweetener like brown sugar or honey, etc.
Option: Add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce.
Option: Add 1 tablespoon, Kecap Manis.
Option: Add some heat with chili sauce (like sriracha) or chili peppers.
Option: Add bite-sized slices of green onion in between pieces of chicken on your skewers. (Or other veggies, or fruit!)
Option: Add 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed into 1 tablespoon water to make a thicker sauce without as much simmering.
Option: Add pineapple juice!
Nutrition Facts: Calories 237, Fat 10g (Saturated 3g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 72mg, Sodium 730mg, Carbs 4g (Fiber 0, Sugars 3g), Protein 24g