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Chicken Yakitori

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Chicken Yakitori is beyond easy and delicious! Skewered chicken and green onions are grilled and brushed with a simple soy and sake based sauce. Basting the skewers as they grill caramelizes the sauce making them sticky and addictive. Serves 6.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword chicken, grilled, grilling, Japanese, skewers
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 337
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce or low-sodium tamari if gluten free
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper


  • 12 wooden skewers soaked for 20 minutes or use metal
  • 1½ to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-size pieces (about 1-inch)
  • 1 bunch green onions cut into 1-inch pieces
  • olive oil spray
  • toasted sesame seeds for serving
  • additional sliced green onions for serving



  • Soak wooden skewers in water for no less than 20 minutes. This will help keep them from catching fire.
  • In a medium skillet, add the soy sauce, sake, water, cornstarch, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and white pepper. Whiske to combine.
  • Bring to a low boil, whisking often until thickened. Remove off of the heat and measure out 1/2 cup of the sauce for basting the skewers. The remaining will be used for serving.
  • Spray the grates of your grill with olive oil BEFORE preheating it to medium-high (550-600°)
  • While your grill is preheating, thread the chicken onto skewers alternating with the green onion. Place on a metal baking sheet and spray with olive oil.
  • Once your grill is hot, place the skewers down on the hot grates with the blunt end off and facing away from the grates, grill for 2 to 3 minutes a side. Turn and repeat.
  • Using the reserved 1/2 cup of sauce, baste one side of the skewers. Turn and repeat until all the sauce is used.
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove to a platter, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Serve the reserved sauce on the side.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 1063mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g