Japanese Chicken Yakitori

Japanese Chicken Yakitori

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 Japanese Chicken Yakitori is a simple and delicious meat recipe that is grilled and served on skewers. The meat with its sauce is cooked over a hot barbecue grill. It can be a quick appetizer for hosting a small group of friends or family.

Japanese Chicken Yakitori

Japanese Chicken Yakitori

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • 900 grams Chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 cup Soy sauce
  • ½ cup Sake Please refer Notes below
  • 2 tsp White granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ginger root grated
  • 10-12 Scallions


Preparing the Marinade

  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, and grated ginger. Mix well till the sugar dissolves. There is no need to add any salt as Soy sauce has enough salt.
  • Place chicken pieces and half of the marinade in a zip lock bag. Toss to coat each piece well. Refrigerate and marinate the chicken for about 1 hour. Use the remaining marinade for grilling.


  • Remove chicken and thread onto skewers. Alternate the chicken and scallions on the skewer. Discard the leftover marinade.
  • Place the skewers on the hot grill. Brush with some of the reserved marinade within the first 2 to 4 minutes. Grill for a total of about 10 to 12 minutes, turning the skewers a few times until the chicken is golden brown.
  • In a small bowl, pour some soy sauce and use for dipping.
  • Serve and enjoy these delicious chicken skewers!
  • Tips:
  • To avoid bacterial contamination, always discard the marinade used for the raw chicken.
  • For authentic yakitori, avoid charring the chicken.


In the authentic preparation, 1/2 cup Sake (Japanese alcohol) is used to marinate the Chicken (See step 1). I have not used it for preparing this recipe as the same was unavailable for purchase in the region.
Keyword Chicken, Grill, Japanese, Non-Vegetarian, Nonveg, Soy Sauce, Yakitori

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