Yakitori chicken

Enjoy this deliciously sticky chicken made with a sauce of soy, mirin, sake and sugar as part of an easy Japanese banquet. Serve on bamboo skewers

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 265
  • fat 3g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 27g
  • sugars 22g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 27g
  • salt 3.7g


  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 100ml mirin
  • 50ml sake
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 500g boneless and skinless chickenthighs, chopped into 3cm chunks
  • 4 spring onions, each cut into three
  • 4 flat teppo gushi bamboo skewers(available from amazon.co.uk)


Cleaning your pan

To clean your pan, fill it with water and return to the heat to bubble off the caramelised juices.


  1. Soak the skewers in a bowl of water while you prepare everything else, to prevent them from burning. Tip the soy, mirin, sake and sugar into a small saucepan, and cook over a medium heat for about 15 mins until the sauce is glossy.

  2. Remove the skewers from the water and thread each one with a piece of chicken, followed by a piece of spring onion. Repeat twice more so the skewer is well stacked. Fill all four skewers.

  3. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat – you want to cook the chicken fairly gently so it soaks up the sauce. Put the skewers in the pan, then brush with the sauce. Cook for 10 mins, turning regularly and brushing in all the sauce. Serve immediately.

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