Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori Recipe
Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Dani Fisher
If you can't find mirin in your grocery store's Asian foods aisle, substitute 1 tablespoon sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar or vermouth.


Makes 4 appetizer servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 13 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Grill: 8 Minutes


8 (8-inch) flat wooden skewers
1/2 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 green onions, cut into 2-inch lengths


1. Soak skewers in water 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350° to 400°).

2. Combine mirin and next 5 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and cook 10 minutes or until slightly thickened and reduced to about 1/2 cup. Let cool. Reserve 3 tablespoons glaze.

3. Thread chicken and green onions evenly onto skewers. Brush skewers with soy glaze.

4. Grill skewers 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Brush with reserved soy glaze before serving.

Julia Rutland,

Coastal Living

September 2012
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