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Easy Chicken Yakitori

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Easy Chicken Yakitori


8 Servings
Serving Size:4oz
* Optional Substitution Note


  • 2lb chicken thighs, fat trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces for kebabs
  • spray oil (for binding)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons low sodium tamari (which is a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar or cane sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons sake (or rice wine vinegar) – optional
  • 1 garlic clove, grated/minced
  • 1-inch ginger knob, grated/minced
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot + 3 tablespoons water


Step 1

Fire up the flattop to warm it up.  Season the chicken and assemble on the skewers, about 4oz of chicken each.  Set aside.

Step 2

Mix together the ingredients for the sauce in a small pot – minus the arrowroot – and place the pot on medium high heat to bring to a simmer.

Yakitori Sauce

Once it is simmering, pour in the arrowroot slush mix and continually stir to thicken.  Let the sauce cool down and thicken.

Yakitori Sauce

Pro-tipQuick Pro-tips

  • Sauce too thick or slimy? Add tablespoons of water.
  • Too salty? Add tablespoons of white vinegar or lime or lemon juice.
  • Too spicy? Add some honey, agave or maple
  •  Too sweet? Try various types of vinegar such as white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar
Step 3

Increase heat to high and add the skewers to the grill, cooking until sear marks appear on ALL sides of the chicken and it is cooked through. This is also the time where you’d want to start cooking any sides or vegetables – I tossed asparagus & bell pepper.

Yakitori Chicken skewers Yakitori Chicken skewers


Step 4

While the chicken cooks, remember to continually baste the chicken so it has color and glaze.

Yakitori chicken skewers

Yakitori chicken skewers

Step 5

Enjoy with your choice of grain or even a side salad! I enjoyed mine with jasmine rice mixed with pineapple, asparagus and bell pepper.

pineapple jasmine rice mix

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Yakitori chicken skewers

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    1. sweet! I love it too. easy to customize as well – I have some folks that cant take the sugar so I swap theirs with Swerve


Prep 10min
Cook 20min
Total 30min
# of servings8
Serving Size:4oz

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!