These yakitori chicken thighs with green onion are perfect for that party appetizer, or just as a meal for two! Healthy, delicious and EASY to make!
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A couple years ago, the boyfriend and I went to this place called Yakitori Taisho here in San Diego. This place specializes in Yakitori. I mean obviously, given the name.
This was one of our absolute favorite experiences.
Now I’m not going to say we never had “yakitori” before this meal. I mean, it’s basically grilled chicken on a stick. But had we experienced authentic yakitori? I think not.
Since then, we’ve been back a couple times and absolutely LOVE it.
What is yakitori?
You ask, I answer. Basically, it’s a Japanese style of cooking skewered chicken. And I’m talking all parts of the chicken. Our 2 favorite yakitori(s?) when we go out are chicken skin and chicken vein. I’m also a pretty big fan of the gizzards. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
The chicken is skewered and grilled over a charcoal fire, then seasoned with a sauce and a touch of salt. It’s good stuff.
While yakitori is traditionally chicken, some restaurants in Western countries also serve beef, pork, vegetables and quail eggs.
If you’ve never tried authentic Japanese yakitori, I encourage you to give it a try. And be adventurous! If it doesn’t sound appetizing, order it anyway. You will be surprised at how delicious it is.
yakitori chicken thighs with green onion
One of the most basic yakitori recipes is the yakitori chicken thighs with green onion. The chicken thighs make for a tender juicy bite of meat, with the green onion adding, well, a taste of onion…
And like always, this is easy guys.
BONUS – this is also healthy. Now you know I don’t tend to focus a lot on healthy dishes, but every so often, one makes it on here. And this is one of them.
And who can argue with delicious, healthy, and easy? Not this girl.
The longest part of this recipe is soaking the bamboo skewers to make sure they don’t burn on the fire.
The chicken literally takes maybe 10 minutes to skewer (at the most) and less than 10 minutes to cook on the grill.
And if you’re like me, definitely less than 10 minutes to eat.
And then you can get back to your Netflix binge.
You can find most of the ingredients at your local grocery or Asian market. But if you prefer to order ingredients online, I’ve included affiliate links below to the main ingredients. Note I make a small commission to help me run this site if you purchase from the below links.
This can be served as an appetizer for a few people, or a meal for 2 people. Just cook up some rice and you’ve got a meal!
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- 1 1/2 lbs. chicken thigh meat boneless
- 1 bunch green onions
- 1 tbsp. salt
- bamboo skewers
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sake
- 1/2 cup mirin
- 2 garlic cloves smashed
- 1 tsp. wasabi paste
- 1 tsp. white pepper
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
Soak bamboo skewers (about 10-15) in water for about 30 minutes.
Cut chicken thigh meat into 1" pieces.
Cut green onions into 1" pieces.
Place chicken and green onions on skewers, placing 2 pieces of green onion between each piece of chicken.
Sprinkle with sea salt on both sides.
Heat grill over medium-high heat. Once heated, turn down to medium and place chicken skewers on the grill.
Grill 2 minutes per side.
Brush with Tore sauce and grill another minute per side, brushing with more sauce halfway through.
Remove from grill and serve with rice and Tore sauce on the side for dipping.
Combine all sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has been reduced by about half.