The Best Yakitori (焼き鳥) Recipe: Grilled & Glazed Japanese Chicken Yakitori Recipe by 30Seconds Food

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The Best Yakitori (焼き鳥) Recipe: Grilled & Glazed Japanese Chicken Yakitori Recipe

Yakitori is simply Japanese chicken kebabs. This easy yakitori recipe starts with a flavorful sauce that's also used to baste the chicken while it cooks. The result is moist chicken skewers full of Asian flavors. 

Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 to 19 minutes
Total Time: 26 to 29 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8




  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • sesame seeds or chopped green onions, for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepot. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking, and cook about 1 minute. Remove 1 cup of the sauce to a bowl to use as a baste. Set aside the remaining sauce.
  2. Thread the chicken onto skewers. (If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes first so they don't burn.) Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 
  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes on the first side. Turn them over and baste with the sauce. Cook about 3 minutes more. Continue flipping and basting until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes more. Garnish with chopped green onions or sesame seeds. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

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Gwen Johnson
Love that you're doing so many Japanese recipes now! The Olympics have gotten me so interested in Japan. Going to make a Japanese meal this weekend for the family. This yakitori is tops on my list. Mmm. So easy.
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Mmm! We had yakitori when we were in Japan. They have restaurants solely devoted to yakitori. Truly an amazing place. Thank you for the recipe to make at home!

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