Photo by Ted Scheffler.Yakitori in Japanese refers to skewered and grilled chicken. Here is a very simple and really flavorful recipe for chicken yakitori skewers. These skewers would be great to serve at a Memorial Day cookout.
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 knob fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 Meyer lemons, thinly sliced with zest reserved
- 1 small bunch chives
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
- Combine the brown sugar, mirin, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger in a small saucepan.
- Remove ½ cup of the sauce and combine with the chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Marinate for 1-2 hours in the fridge. Simmer the rest of the marinade to reduce to a thin syrup. Set aside.
- Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto skewers, alternating with the Meyer lemon slices. Grill over high heat, basting with marinade and turning occasionally, until well caramelized and fully cooked.
- Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with lemon zest, snipped chives, and sesame seeds.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.