Classic Chicken Yakitori

    45 min

    A simple, yet delicious Japanese dish, which consists of skewering bite-sized chicken pieces with leek and grilling them to perfection. Enjoy with freshly cooked rice, if desired.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 125ml sake
    • 125ml soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 (5cm) piece fresh root ginger, grated
    • 450g skinless, boneless chicken breast meat, cubed
    • 3 leeks, white part only, cut into 1.25cm pieces

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. In a medium dish, mix together the sake, soy sauce, sugar, garlic and ginger. Add chicken and allow to marinate for 15 minutes.
    2. Preheat the grill. Grease six metal skewers and thread alternately with 3 pieces of chicken and 2 pieces of leek. Place on a baking tray or grill pan and brush with the marinade.
    3. Grill for about 5 minutes, baste again, then grill for another 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Discard remaining marinade.

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    I have also saved all of the marinade, put it on the stove bring to a boil(to kill off any bad chicken germs). Then added some cornstartch to thicken. Dunk or drizzle over the cooked skewers just before serving..yummy!..going to try them out on my Japanese friend tommorrow for s-bowl. We will see how a 'expert' rates them :-)  -  12 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I marinated this too long (overnight). It broke down the texture of the chicken into mush, so we didn't eat it. The flavor was good, so I will definately try it again but only marinate it the recommended 15 minutes!  -  31 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is excellent! I made it just as the recipe said, but cooked it on a grill instead of under the broiler. Came out just great! Served with Peanut Noodles from this site and had a great meal. This definitely is a family favorite. Thanks Dakota!  -  06 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)