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Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori

September 25, 2017

Spark up the grill! These delicious Japanese-style bites of chicken speared with green bell pepper and scallions can be assembled in advance and then grilled just before serving. For the best flavor, leave the chicken to marinate for several hours or overnight, and remember to soak the skewers first so they do not burn under the grill.

  • Yields: 15 servings
Chicken Yakitori


1Place the soy sauce, sake, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and honey in a shallow dish and stir together to mix. Add the chicken pieces and spoon the marinade over them. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.

2Just before cooking, put 30 short wooden skewers in warm water and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Preheat a grill or oven broiler to medium.

3Thread about 2 pieces of chicken onto each skewer, alternating with a piece of pepper and one of scallion, threaded widthwise. Place the kebabs on the grill or broiler rack and cook until tender, turning from time to time and brushing with the marinade, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Some More Ideas

Sprinkle few sesame seeds over the kebabs toward the end of the grilling time.

An alternative marinade is 3 tbsp hoisin sauce mixed with 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry and 1 tsp sesame oil. If desired, add 1 tsp five-spice powder or 1 finely chopped, seeded and deveined fresh red chili pepper (use gloves; they burn).

Instead of green bell pepper, use pieces of red or orange bell peppers, zucchini or tiny mushroom caps.

Grilled salmon: Use 1 lb  skinless salmon fillet and marinate in a mixture of  3 tbsp  soy sauce, 2 tbsp dry sherry, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp honey, and the grated zest of 1 small orange for about 30 minutes. Thread onto soaked wooden skewers, alternating the cubes of salmon with whole firm cherry tomatoes and pieces of scallion. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, turning and basting frequently with the marinade.


3 tbsp light soy sauce

3 tbsp sake or dry sherry

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tsp honey

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 large green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 30 small cubes

4 large scallions, cut across into 30 pieces


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size2 Skewers
Total Fat18g
Saturated Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates3g
Dietary Fiber0g

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