Are you a fan of Japanese cuisine? Then prepare to be delighted with this scrumptious recipe we have for you today – Yakitori! These skewered and grilled chicken pieces are a popular Japanese dish that people adore all around the world. And guess what? We have not one, but two versions of this delicious dish for you to enjoy! So, let’s not waste any time and dive straight into the world of Yakitori, shall we?
Yakitori – Grilled Japanese Skewered Chicken (Version 1)
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1/4 cup sake
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- In a bowl, mix soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar, and ginger to make the marinade.
- Cut chicken thighs into small bite-sized pieces and soak them in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat and line the skewers with chicken thighs.
- Grill skewered chicken pieces, turning occasionally and brushing with the remaining marinade, until fully cooked – about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Once fully cooked, transfer the skewers to a plate, sprinkle with green onion slices and serve hot.
This Yakitori recipe is one of the most authentic and traditional ways to make it and will surely leave you wanting more. Japanese cuisine is known for its umami flavors, and this dish sure does deliver that with the sweetness from mirin and smoky grilled chicken.
Yakitori – Grilled Japanese Skewered Chicken (Version 2)
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sake
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Marinate chicken breasts by combining soy sauce, sake, honey, garlic, ginger, and green onions in a large ziplock bag and let marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat and skewer chicken breast pieces.
- Grill skewered chicken, brushing with any remaining marinade for around 5 minutes each side or until fully cooked.
- Once fully cooked, transfer skewers to a plate and serve hot.
This version of Yakitori is a little different from the first one but is equally delicious. It is marinated for a longer period, and honey is added to the marinade to give the chicken pieces a slightly sweet taste. The addition of garlic and ginger brings a flavorful twist to the dish.
So there you have it, two of the best Yakitori recipes ever made! Try them today, serve them with a bowl of hot steamed rice, and we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!