The other week when I made the chicken souvlaki it reminded me of the Japanese version of skewered chicken, yakitori. It seems that many cultures and cuisines have a version of skewered grilled meat and one of my favorites is definitely yakitori. Yakitori is a Japanese skewered grilled chicken dish where the chicken is coated in a tare sauce that is pretty much a teriyaki sauce consisting of mirin, sake, soy sauce and sugar. You will find yakitori on many Japanese restaurants menus but it is also easy enough to make at home. It is pretty much as simple as marinating the chicken in the sauce, skewering it and then grilling it up. If you like teriyaki then you will definitaly like yakitori. When you grill the chicken up some of the teriyaki sauce caramelizes on it adding even more flavour. Although an actual barbecue type of grill is the best you could certainly use a grilling pan or even your ovens broiler. If you want to change things up a bit you can easily add other things to the skewer like slices of green onions.
- 3 tablespoons soy
- 3 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons sake
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 pound chicken breast (cut into bite sized pieces)
- * green onions (cut into 1 inch long pieces, optional)
- Mix the soy, mirin, sake and sugar and marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes.
- Skewer the chicken and green onions in alternating order.
- Grill the skewered chicken, basting it with the marinade until the chicken is cooked.