Japanese Skewered Chicken (Yakitori)

Yakitori is a longtime favourite street food in Japan. It was one of the first things I had when I first visited Japan as a kid, and by far the best. Nothing really beats having it on the streets of Japan, but my family's recipe comes close. You can make this on an outside grill, as well as indoors. You'll love it either way...promise!

For this recipe, we'll use chicken breast, thigh, and skin. Yes, skin! The most sought after version! We don't let anything go to waste. :)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings



  1. In a saucepan, bring the mirin, soy sauce, sake, water, and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer. Cook uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by half, for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Remove all the chicken skin and set aside. Cut all the chicken meat into 1" cubes.
  3. Place chicken pieces onto skewers, adding some green onion slices as you go.
  4. Slice the reserved chicken skin into 1" wide strips.
  5. When placing the skin on the skewer, use an almost threading fashion, folding the skin as you pierce through it. This will keep it nicely intact as it cooks. Keep the skin separate on their own skewers for even cooking.
  6. Grease the grate of your grill to keep the chicken from sticking. Set to high and place the skewers on, but don't overcrowd (cook in batches if you must). Grill for 5 minutes.
  7. Whether grilling indoors or outdoors, brush some of the sauce on the skewers. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid and turn the chicken once more to thoroughly caramelize the sauce. Cook a few more minutes.
  9. Transfer skewers to a serving platter. Brush with some more sauce, if desired. Place bowl of remaining sauce next to the platter.

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

I love your recipes and will definitely try this one. Bet this would go well with satay :)

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Oh it sure would! Let me know how you like this, Mina! :)

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

Oh yummy, I also love Yakitori, and I'm so glad you posted this, as I've never made it, but I sure will soon. Thank you Attosa. :)

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

Hi Suz! I was hoping you were a Yakitori fan, what with all your Japanese food experiences.


Can't wait for you to try this one :)

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