Japanese-Style Chicken Skewers

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92% 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 white wine.

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Marinade : 1 h Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 10 min
190 calories/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 [optional]
3 tbsp soy sauce 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

per 1 serving (110 g)


% Daily Value




8 g

13 %

Saturated 0.3 g
+ Trans 0 g

2 %


60 mg


120 mg

5 %


8 g

3 %


1 g

3 %


6 g

Net Carbs

7 g


22 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

6 %


2 %


6 %


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


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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september 23, 2022 | I would make this recipe again

Partner loved this - spicy and tasty was the verdict. I used the same marinade with steamed tempeh cubes for me as I don’t eat chicken and also really enjoyed the flavours. I cooked the skewers under our oven grill (broiler) and was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out - juicy but well browned - and would definitely use this method again.

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

Nice spice taste. The guys all liked it. Marinated it for 2 hrs. I think next time overnight and really enhance the flavour.

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Heather S.
june 13, 2018 | I would make this recipe again

Tasty. We had it with rice and edamame.

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