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Japanese-Style Chicken Skewers

24 Reviews
91% would make this recipe again

«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 lemon juice and water.

Brining : 1 h Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 10 min
200 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Very easy
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly

Ingredients

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
3 tbsp soy sauce, low-sodium 45 mL
2 tbsp water 30 mL
1 tsp sesame seed oil 5 mL
4 tsp honey 28 g
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 1/2 lemon
8 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-2,5 cm pieces 500 g
3 1/2 tsp sesame seeds 10 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Metal skewers are needed for cooking.

Method

Marinate

  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, 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

per 1 Serving (110g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

200

Fat

8 g

13 %

Saturated 0.3 g
+ Trans 0 g

2 %

Cholesterol

60 mg

Sodium

120 mg

5 %

Carbohydrate

8 g

3 %

Fibre

1 g

3 %

Sugars

6 g

Protein

22 g

Vitamin A

1 %

Vitamin C

8 %

Calcium

2 %

Iron

6 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ¼ serving
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ¼ servings

Claims

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

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Fruits 0
Vegetables 0
Meat and Alternatives 2 ½
Fats ½
Other Foods ½

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24 Reviews (21 with rating only ) 91% would make this recipe again
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lvb22
june 11, 2011 | I would make this recipe again

very easy to burn. watch it like a hawk! I'd use chicken breast or other chicken chunks, because it was very time consuming to get off the bone

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junebug
september 03, 2010

I was hoping that it would be tastier and juicier. I cooked the chicken to 180 and then removed it from the BBQ. Not sure what I did wrong. My guests brought spinach dip and it helped to mix the chicken with that...

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Davia
june 10, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

Absolutely loved it!

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lvb22
june 11, 2011 | I would make this recipe again

very easy to burn. watch it like a hawk! I'd use chicken breast or other chicken chunks, because it was very time consuming to get off the bone

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junebug
september 03, 2010

I was hoping that it would be tastier and juicier. I cooked the chicken to 180 and then removed it from the BBQ. Not sure what I did wrong. My guests brought spinach dip and it helped to mix the chicken with that...

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Davia
june 10, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

Absolutely loved it!

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