Yakitori, literally meaning “grilled chicken”, is a super easy and delicious Japanese food to prepare! Chunks of chicken are served on a skewer with some delicious sweet and salty sauce, like teriyaki sauce, which make it convenient and easy to eat on the go. This is a typical Japanese street market food and also can be bought at regular grocery stores and yakitori-only restaurants.
Yakitori tastes best when it’s made on a hot barbeque, so we were so excited to use our new Ziegler and Brown Portable Grill! We got this new bbq in a bundle pack from Barbecues Galore so it came with tongs, a spatula, a cleaning brush, trivet kit, and a flat grilling plate. I like that the barbecue plates are interchangeable and can different plates can be used at once. So I can use half the barbecue to grill the chicken while using the other half to make the sauce in a pan. My daughter was so excited to get a bbq because she, like any Australian, loves a good sausage sizzle (which is literally just a sausage grilled on a bbq and served on a plain slice of white bread). Cooking on a good bbq makes the yakitori taste so much better with the yummy crispy outside and the succulent and juicy inside! We can’t wait to make more delicious dishes on our bbq.
There are places in Japan that sell only Yakitori, which is awesome because they have many different variations of yakitori that you can try. This recipe is for classic yakitori with just a basic yakitori sauce coating. I have used chicken thigh to make yakitori, which is what is usually used to make it, because it has more flavour and is more juicy. Yakitori is a great and tasty Japanese addition to a bbq. You could even marinate the chicken in a container and pack it in a picnic and grill at a park for a fun bbq party. I love that my barbecue is portable so I can pack it in the carry bag and take it with me camping or to a park to make yakitori and other dishes. Yakitori is also a healthy dinner and a perfect for lunch that you can eat on the go! I hope you enjoy!
- 1 kg chicken thigh
- green shallots
- 15 skewers
- 1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
- Soak 15 skewers in water for 10 minutes so that the skeweres don't get burnt.
- Cut the chicken into small cubes.
- Cut the white end part of the shallots into about 2 cm long pieces.
- Put 2 chicken peices on to a skewer then 1 shallot alternately and repeat same for all 15 skewers.
- Heat the BBQ with half a grill plate and half a trinket.
- Place the yakitori skewers on the grill side to cook the chicken for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Turn the skewers over and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Place a little frying pan on the trinket and pour the teriyaki sauce on the frying pan and heat and stir to thicken it.
- Place the cooked chicken skewers into the frying pan and coat with the teriyaki sauce.
- Serve the yakitori skewers on rice or serve with green salad.