Yakitori Delight: Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers


Savor the essence of Japanese street food with Yakitori Delight, a simple yet exquisite dish of grilled chicken skewers. These skewers, known as Yakitori, are a popular fare in Japan, featuring bite-sized chicken pieces marinated in a savory sauce and grilled to perfection. They embody a delightful mix of smokiness, sweetness, and umami, making them a perfect appetizer or a main dish.

Yakitori Delight: Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes (including marination)
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 2 skewers

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 4g


  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut into cubes: 600g (1.32 lbs / 21 oz)
  • Soy sauce: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Mirin: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Sake: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Sugar: 15g (0.5 oz)
  • Spring onions, cut into 1-inch pieces: 6
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water: 8

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Mix soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar in a bowl. Add chicken pieces and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Skewer Chicken and Onions: Thread marinated chicken and spring onion pieces onto skewers.
  3. Grill: Preheat the grill. Grill skewers over medium heat, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve: Serve hot, optionally with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or a squeeze of lemon.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marination Time: Marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes to infuse flavors.
  • Grill Management: Keep an eye on the skewers to ensure they cook evenly without burning.
  • Serving Suggestions: Yakitori pairs well with a cold beer or a side of rice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast instead of thighs?

Yes, but thighs are juicier and more flavorful for grilling.

What is mirin and where can I find it?

Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine, available in Asian grocery stores or online.

Can I cook these skewers on a stovetop grill pan?

Absolutely! A grill pan can be used if outdoor grilling is not an option.

How long can I store leftover Yakitori?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.