Yakitori

Yakitori


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.

Yakitori

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
1. Mix the soy, mirin, sake and sugar and marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes.
2. Skewer the chicken and green onions in alternating order.
3. Grill the skewered chicken, basting it with the marinade until the chicken is cooked.

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40 comments:

Cate said...

This looks delicious! I made my own teriyaki sauce this week, but just drizzled it over a whole chicken. This looks a lot more fun to eat!

Tanya said...

I made something similar last week too - while I first did it on the real grill - I gotta say the George Foreman came in handy too :-)

Zoe said...

Looks great. I like the idea of adding green onion.

La Table De Nana said...

I have always even liked the name Yakitori~ And anything asian inspired works so well for us!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delicious! A great summer recipe!

Cheers,

Rosa

Joanne said...

I love kebabs. Any meat eaten on sticks just tastes better. Yakitori sauce is a great marinade!

Lo said...

How could you go wrong with these classic Asian flavors? So good, Kevin! And I'm afraid I'm a sucker for meat on little sticks! Too much fun.

mycookinghut said...

I love yakitori! Will try soon!

Peter M said...

Meat on a stick...an invention rivaled only by the wheel!

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Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

That looks great! What is mirin?

I need to try this, although I'd have to make a ton with 7 kids in the house!

Beautiful pictures too.

lisa said...

The caramelized sauce looks incredible!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is great! I am glad I found you.

aga-aa said...

It looks delicious, I prefer vegetables, but know I want to eat this!

Mami said...

I'm glad you reminded Japanese yakitori and inform to everyone!!

Japanese yakitori is one-bite size.easy to eat and easy to talk with friends.

Melissa said...

Wow Kevin! These look really tasty! I had never thought about it before, but now that you mention, I guess each country does have it's own version of kabobs. =)

Kelly said...

Yum! There is something about meat on a stick that I love, and the flavors you used sounds lovely and simple!

Anncoo said...

This looks exactly the same in the Japanese restaurant. Good Job!

Lynda said...

This looks delicious..a perfect summer meal!

Phoo-D said...

Simple and satisfying- this is perfect for a summer dinner!

Cheryl said...

That looks yummy and I did enjoy the tutorial!

Jenn said...

This looks tasty. Kind of reminds me of the Filipino style BBQ. Now I'm craving for some.

meeso said...

That looks so yummy, I think I'm getting hungry!

Hillary said...

Kevin - this looks super tasty! I love to order yakitori in Japanese restaurants and chicken satay in Thai restaurants so I guess you can call me a chicken skewer lover! Thanks for the recipe.

Lina said...

yakitori is so simple yet wonderful. mmmmm

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love the sweet and salty taste of yakitori..

Traveling Spork said...

mMMM... looks wonderful. I haven't made this in a while and I think it's time I do it again!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for this Kevin.

Jan said...

Looks yummy! I also like the idea of adding the green onion.

Palidor said...

Mmmm, I love yakitori! The best yakitori I've had was at a restaurant in Narita airport. I'll have to try this recipe.

Treehouse Chef said...

This looks delicious! You always make things look so tasty. Can't wait to try it!

Kevin said...

Diane, Fit to the Finish: Mirin is a sweet cooking sake. You should be able to find it int he Asian section of your local grocery store or a local Asian grocery store.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I remember the first time I had yakitori, on our first night in Tokyo, from a street cart. I've never had any that tasted quite as good, but I'm sure the setting had a lot to do with it.

maimai said...

Have you tried making it with free range chicken thighs? I think that would be awesome -- although I am biased because I prefer brown meat in general.

Chris said...

I think I might make these with a side of jasmine rice this weekend!

pigpigscorner said...

The sauce looks so delicious!

Spryte said...

I LOVE yakitori and your recipe looks great!!

Julia said...

I made this a long time ago, but my teriyaki sauce always ends up very runny, and the meat doesn't seem to absorb the teriyaki taste so well... It looks so nice and thick on your picture!

Kevin said...

Julia: You really need to marinate the chicken to infuse it with the teriyaki flavour. This teriyaki sauce is runny and if you want a thick sauce you can simmer it in a pan to reduce until it gets nice and thick.

Sam said...

I tried this, and I marinated the chicken for 24+ hours. It was one of the most delicious chicken dishes I have ever made for myself. Thanks for the recipe.

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