japanese grilled chicken yakitori skewers
Japanese grilled chicken yakitori skewers are a great way to bring some Asian flair to your next cookout. Simple, clean and absolutely delicious.
- 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs - cut into small bite size pieces (6-8 pieces per thigh)
- 8-10 green onions - white and light green portion only and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 15 or so 6 inch wooden skewers - soaked for 30 minutes prior to grilling
- teriyaki sauce or yakitori tare
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch - mixed well with a couple tablespoons water
Skewer a piece of chicken onto a skewer. You may need to pass the skewer though the chicken more than once. You don't want it flapping around when you cook it. Skewer a piece of green onion (see the pictures above).
Repeat until you have 3-4 pieces of chicken and 2-3 pieces of green onion.
Once you have skewered all the chicken, sprinkle with a bit of salt.
Prepare your grill for high direct heat. See the recommendations above for possible ways to set things up to keep the skewers from burning.
Grill the yakitori, turning regularly until golden and cooked through. Depending on your grill temperature this can take as little as 3-4 minutes.
Drizzle with teriyaki sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds (not traditional). Alternately serve simply with salt or with yakitori tare (much more traditional).
Combine all ingredients except the cornstarch slurry and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the cornstarch mixture and bring back to a simmer.
Let simmer for another minute of two and let cool.
Transfer to a squirt bottle if you have one.
Yakitori tare is a traditional seasoning for yakitori. It involves roasting chicken bones and making a mirin, soy, sake based stock. It's delicious but it's also work. For a couple other tare recipes check out this restaurant ramen post.
Serving: 8servings | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 331mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.3mg