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Japanese grilled chicken yakitori skewers are a delicious addition to your grilling arsenal.
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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.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: main
Servings: 8
Calories: 174kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen



  • 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

Teriyaki sauce

  • 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).

Teriyaki sauce

  • 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