Yakitori Chicken

Japanese yakitori chicken served on skewers

Author:Elena Silcock

Enjoy this deliciously sticky chicken made with a sauce of soy, mirin, sake and sugar as part of an easy Japanese banquet. Serve on bamboo skewers

kcal fat saturates carbs sugars fibre
265 3g 1g 27g 22g 0g

Cook: 25 mins Prep: 15 mins

japanese comfort low-fat easy

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  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 100ml mirin
  • 50ml sake
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 500g boneless and skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 3cm chunks
  • 4 spring onions, each cut into three
  • 4 flat teppo gushi bamboo skewers (available from amazon.co.uk)


Serves 4

  1. Soak the skewers in a bowl of water while you prepare everything else, to prevent them from burning. Tip the soy, mirin, sake and sugar into a small saucepan, and cook over a medium heat for about 15 mins until the sauce is glossy.
  2. Remove the skewers from the water and thread each one with a piece of chicken, followed by a piece of spring onion. Repeat twice more so the skewer is well stacked. Fill all four skewers.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat – you want to cook the chicken fairly gently so it soaks up the sauce. Put the skewers in the pan, then brush with the sauce. Cook for 10 mins, turning regularly and brushing in all the sauce. Serve immediately.


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