Serve with rice or rice noodles and steamed baby bok choy.
1 cup sake
1/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 36 (3/4-inch) cubes
5 garlic cloves, crushed
5 cilantro sprigs
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
9 green onions (white and light green parts only), cut into 36 (2-inch) pieces
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Remove ginger with a slotted spoon, and place in a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce mixture, pepper, chicken, garlic, and cilantro to ginger in bowl; toss well. Cover and chill 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Bring remaining soy sauce mixture to a boil; cook 10 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Remove from heat; slowly add vinegar and oil, stirring with a whisk. Divide soy sauce mixture into 2 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each); set aside.
Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Thread 3 chicken pieces and 3 green onion pieces alternately onto each of 12 (8-inch) skewers. Place the skewers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill for 8 minutes or until done, turning after 4 minutes and basting occasionally with 1/4 cup reserved soy sauce mixture.
Place skewers on a serving platter; serve with remaining 1/4 cup soy sauce mixture.
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This was a huge hit at our house. I substituted the sake with mirin (as that's what I had). My 11 year old daughter did most of it. I just chopped the chicken and hubby did the grilling. Served it with steamed rice with chopped scallions. Will serve it with ginger fried rice next time.
I would be nice to see cooking options for those of us who don't own a grill, especially for this issue with so many recipes made for the grill. UPDATE - these cooked up well in the oven on the high broil setting. Very smoky flavor thanks to the sesame oil!