Making japanese grilled chicken Yakitori

 

Yakitori is a popular Japanese dish that consists of skewered and grilled chicken. It is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or even as a main course. Let's explore the typical ingredients used in Yakitori and the best way to cook it.

Ingredients for Yakitori (serving size: 4):

1. Chicken: The main ingredient of Yakitori is chicken, typically boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces that can easily be skewered.

2. Skewers: Bamboo skewers are commonly used for Yakitori. Soak the skewers in water for about 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning during grilling.

3. Tare Sauce (Yakitori Sauce): The tare sauce is a sweet and savory glaze that gives Yakitori its distinctive flavor. The traditional tare sauce is made from a combination of soy sauce, mirin (sweet rice wine), sake (rice wine), and sugar. Here's a basic tare sauce recipe:

   - 1/2 cup soy sauce
   - 1/4 cup mirin
   - 1/4 cup sake
   - 2 tablespoons sugar

   Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens slightly. Set aside.

4. Optional Seasonings: While Yakitori is primarily flavored with the tare sauce, you can add additional seasonings to enhance the taste. Some common options include grated ginger, garlic, or a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven-spice blend).

Now, let's move on to the cooking process:

1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or preheat the broiler in your oven.

2. Thread the chicken pieces onto the soaked skewers, leaving a small gap between each piece for even cooking.

3. Place the skewered chicken on the preheated grill or on a baking sheet if using the broiler. If grilling, you can brush the grill grates with a little oil to prevent sticking.

4. Cook the chicken skewers, turning occasionally, until they are nicely charred and cooked through. This usually takes about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken pieces.

5. While the chicken is grilling, brush the tare sauce onto the skewers, using a pastry brush or a spoon. Apply a few layers of the sauce during the cooking process, allowing it to caramelize and create a flavorful glaze.

6. Once the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has formed a sticky glaze, remove the skewers from the grill or broiler.

7. Serve the Yakitori hot, either as is or with a sprinkle of optional seasonings if desired. Yakitori pairs well with a variety of side dishes like steamed rice, pickled vegetables, or a simple salad.

Note: It's essential to ensure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for food safety.

Enjoy your homemade Yakitori! Feel free to experiment with different marinades, sauces, or additional ingredients like vegetables or other types of meat to create your own unique skewers.

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