Japanese-Style Chicken Skewers

Japanese-Style Chicken Skewers

«Yakitori» is the name of these chicken skewers in Japan. I have adapted the original marinade recipe by replacing «sake» and «mirin» (both are alcoholic beverages made from rice) with white wine.

4 servings
Marinade 1 h
Preparation 15 min

Cooking 10 min

190 calories per serving 


2 cloves garlic, minced    
1 dried chili peppers, minced   0.4 g
1 1/4 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely ground   1 g
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin   3 g
  ground pepper to taste    
3 tbsp soy sauce, low-sodium   45 mL
1/4 cup white wine   65 mL
1 tsp sesame seed oil   5 mL
4 tsp honey   28 g
3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed   1 lemon
8 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-2,5 cm pieces   500 g
3 1/2 tsp sesame seeds   10 g

Before you start

Metal skewers are needed for cooking.



  1. Mince the garlic and chili pepper, then put them in a bowl. Coarsely grind the coriander seeds and add them to the bowl. Add the cumin, ground pepper, soy sauce, white wine, sesame oil, honey, and lemon juice. Cut the chicken into 2 to 2,5 cm pieces and put them in the marinade, mix well, cover, and let stand in the refrigerator at least 1 h.

Grill outdoor or in the oven

  1. When ready to cook, place the chicken pieces on to metal skewers. Cook on a medium grill for about 6-8 min until the pieces are nicely coloured, turning the skewers a couple of times. Alternatively, put the skewers on a baking sheet under a preheated broiler 7-10 cm from the heat for about 6-8 min, turning the skewers a few times.
  2. Meanwhile, put the sesame seeds in a small pan and heat over medium heat a few minutes, with some stirring, until lightly coloured.
  3. When the chicken is ready, sprinkle with the grilled sesame seeds, then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (110g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




8 g

13 %

Saturated 0.3 g
+ Trans 0 g

2 %


65 mg


125 mg

5 %


8 g

3 %


1 g

3 %


6 g


22 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

6 %


2 %


6 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat
Source of :
Iron, Magnesium, Manganese

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Kosher | Low Saturated Fat | Barbecue/Broil/Grill | Marinate | Japanese

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