Click to enlarge - Tare Yakitori served on a bed of saffron rice.

Yakitori - Japanese

Skewered Chicken

Yakitori is Japanese-style grilled chicken, usually done on a skewer like a kabob. White and dark chicken meat are most commonly used but specialty versions made with chicken organ meat or entrails are frequently offered in Japan. Skewers of only chicken are the most common yakitori offered but a popular version features negi, or leek slices, alternating with the chicken and is called negima. When ordering yakitori, you have a flavor choice of either tare, made with a sweet basting sauce similar to teriyaki sauce, or shio, liberally salted.

Preparation: 45 minutes Life Experience Recipe
Serves 4 persons
  • Bamboo skewers
  • 1 medium leek or scallions (optional)
  • Salt
  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water for several hours before use to prevent charring.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Marinate in teriyaki sauce at least 2 hours - keep covered and refrigerated.
    Click to enlarge - Chicken pieces marinating in teriyaki sauce.
Click to enlarge - Assembled skewers ready to grill.
  3. If using, cut the leek or scallions into 1 inch lengths - the white part.
  4. Skewer the chicken and leek pieces in alternating order.
  5. Charcoal grilling is traditional in Japan but a gas grill works well. Grill the skewered chicken, about 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. For shio yakitori, sprinkle liberally, to taste, with salt after grilling. For tare yakitori, baste with teriyaki sauce while grilling and when the chicken is removed from the grill.
    Click to enlarge - Yakitori skewers, first side on the grill.
Click to enlarge - Second side on grill and basting with heated, reduced teriyaki sauce. .

Making Tare - Mix together 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sugar, a little bit of mirin, sake and water, and heat and stir it up until well mixed and sugar is dissolved.

If using the basting sauce for a dipping sauce after cooking, heat the sauce in a small saucepan until it boils, reduce heat and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes.

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