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Chicken-Meatball Yakitori

Chicken-Meatball Yakitori

Brackett makes these meatballs, known as tsukune, with hand-chopped meat and skin from the best pastured chicken he can get. Serve with yuzu or lemon wedges. Recipe published in Food & Wine: March 2012.

  • Yield: 24 servings ( Serving Size: meatballs )
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Cook time:20 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup(s) sake
  • 1/4 cup(s) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup(s) raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup(s) plus 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 pound(s) coarsely ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • Finely grated zest of 1 yuzu or lemon
  • 1 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil


1. In a saucepan, combine the sake, soy sauce, sugar and ¼ cup of the mirin; boil until reduced to ¾ cup, 3 minutes. Let cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, combine the chicken, salt, shallot, zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons of mirin. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Form the chicken mixture into 24 meatballs. Brush the meatballs with the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil and arrange them on the baking sheet. Bake for about 6 minutes, until the meatballs are barely cooked through.

3. Light a grill. Thread the meatballs onto 8 bamboo skewers and grill over moderately high heat, turning, until lightly charred, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and brush the meatballs with the sauce. Grill, turning, and brushing, until glazed, 30 seconds longer. Serve with the remaining sauce.

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