Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori

Chicken yakitori is an easy Japanese grilled recipe served on skewers. The meat is basted with a savoury sweet sauce as it cooks over a hot barbecue grill. 

This is my own version of Yakitori BBQ. It’s a Japanese type of skewered chicken. And this is good to eat with the Stir-fry Asparagus with a mix of fried tofu. A quick appetizer for a crowd or even can be a main dish for lunch or dinner served with white rice.


Chicken Yakitori
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
  • 1 kg chicken thigh in skewers pre-made
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsbp vinegar
  • 2/3 cup sugar (washed)
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 5 tsp cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
In a medium-size pot whisk together soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
  1. Bring mixture to a boil, constantly whisk until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

  2. Transfer 1 cup of the sauce to a bowl to use for basting the chicken.

  3. Thread cut pieces of chicken on skewers. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.

  4. Drizzle both sides of skewers with a small amount of oil to prevent sticking when cooking.

  5. Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Clean grill and then use a paper towel dipped in oil to grease the grill.

  6. Once the grill is hot add the skewers and cook for 4 minutes. Flip over and baste the cooked side with the sauce. Cook 4 minutes.

  7. Repeat flipping, basting and covered cooking 2 additional times, 

  8. Sprinkle chicken yakitori skewers with sesame seeds (optional). Serve chicken skewers immediately with additional sauce.

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