Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori
Chicken Yakitori. hana/imagenavi/Getty Images
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Yakitori are traditional style Japanese kebabs  served by street vendors and accompanied by a nice cold beer. These chicken kebabs make the perfect appetizer or main course depending on your needs.  


  • 2 pounds/900 g chicken breast fillets, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup/240 mL soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL sake or dry sherry
  • 12 scallions, white portions only, cut into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL chives
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL fresh ginger root peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL sugar
  • 10 bamboo skewers

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine 1/2 cup/120 mL soy sauce with sake (or dry sherry), ginger and chives. Mix well.

  2. Place chicken pieces and half the marinade in resealable plastic bag.

  3. Reserve remaining marinade for grilling.

  4. Toss to coat and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

  5. Preheat grill.

  6. Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto skewers alternating the chicken with the scallions.

  7. Place onto a hot grill.

  8. Brush with reserved marinade during the first 2-4 minutes of cook time.  

  9. Grill chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees (about 6 to 8 minutes turning a few times).

  10. Remove and serve with 1/2 cup/120 mL hot soy sauce for dipping.

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