chicken yakitori recipe

chicken yakitori recipe

prep time: 10mins
cook time: 10mins

yakitori means grilled chicken, skewered + shared as a snack on the streets of japan. these saucy ticks of goodness are the perfect bbq dish that go great with an ice cold asahi


chicken yakitori 4x chicken thigh Salt + pepper to season 1x spring onion chopped 1x handful of coriander

teriyaki sauce 4 tbsp light soy sauce 110g sugar 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp sake

prawn kushiyaki 30 x king prawns ½ lime 1tbsp caster sugar salt + pepper to season

spicy vinegar 50g caster sugar 2 tbsp water 5 tbsp malt vinegar 5 tbsp light soy sauce pinch of sea salt ½ red chilli 3 coriander sprigs

mushroom kushiyaki (vg) 4x king oyster mushrooms Salt + pepper to season 4 tbsp vegan mushroom oyster sauce 2tbsp sriracha 1 tbsp water


  1. first prepare your yakitori sauce. place the light soy sauce + sugar in a small saucepan + gently simmer over a low heat
  2. stir until the sugar dissolves + then continue to simmer for about 5 minutes until the liquid starts to reduce + thicken. add the dark soy and sake, stir + leave aside to cool
  3. thread the chicken onto eight wooden skewers
  4. place a ridged griddle pan over a high heat + add the oil. when hot, place the skewers in the pan + cook for 30 seconds, then turn over + cook for about 10 seconds before reducing the heat
  5. this will give you the bar marks on the chicken. continue cooking until the chicken is nicely caramelised
  6. add a third of the sauce, turn the skewers, then add another third of the sauce + turn off the heat
  7. transfer the skewers to a serving plate, drizzle with the remaining yakitori sauce + sprinkle with shichimi

chicken yakitori faqs

what can yakitori be served with?

chicken yakitori can be served just as a starter, as a casual snack with a beer, or as a side with other dishes. you could serve yakitori with rice, vegetables or even put it in a salad or wrap

what does yakitori mean?

yakitori is a japanese dish characterised as grilled chicken pieces on a skewer. yaki (焼き) means grilled or toasted and tori (鳥) means bird. yakitori (焼き鳥) can be literally translated into “grilled bird”

what cuts of chicken can be used in yakitori?

in our recipe, we like to use flavourful chicken thigh, but you can use other cuts of chicken such as breast or wings