Serves: 4
Total Calories: 221


2 pounds chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, or thighs
2 pounds leeks, slender, young (8 or 9 in all, see Note)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sake
1/2 cup rice cooking wine, mirin, or cream sherry
3 tablespoons sugar
3 slices ginger, fresh (each 1/4 inch thick)
3 cloves garlic, smashed
3 scallion, both white and green parts, trimmed and coarsely chopped


1. Rinse the chicken breasts or thighs under cold running water, then drain and blot dry with paper towels. Cut crosswise into pieces 2 inches long and both 1/2 inch wide and thick. Set aside while you prepare the leeks.

2. Cut off and discard the green parts of the leeks. Cut the white parts that remain in half lengthwise as far as the roots. Rinse the leeks carefully under cold running water, then drain, cut off the roots, and cut each leek half crosswise into 2-inch pieces.

3. Thread the chicken pieces crosswise on the skewers, alternating with pieces of leek you should be able to get 4 pieces of chicken on each skewer. Arrange the skewers on a platter and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to grill, up to 6 hours.

4. Preheat the grill to high.

5. Prepare the yakitori sauce. Combine the soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, ginger, garlic, and scallions in a small, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until blended and the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is glossy and syrupy and reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a bowl (see Notes).

6. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate. Arrange the skewers on the hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, until the chicken is nicely browned and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side (6 to 10 minutes in all). Brush the yakitori generously with the sauce at least once on each side while cooking, but not during the last 3 minutes.

7. Transfer the skewers to serving plates or a platter and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6

Notes: If young leeks are not available, substitute 2 bunches thick scallions. Trim off the roots and cut the white parts into 2-inch pieces cut the scallion greens into 4-inch pieces and fold them in half.

The sauce can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 221
Calories from Fat: 23

This Yakitori recipe is from the The Barbecue Bible Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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