Molasses & Garlic Yakitori Skewers

    Delicious Yakitori Skewers on the grill! 


Delicious Yakitori Skewers on the grill! 

Summer is coming and we have had a very warm spring so far so I wanted to share this delicious skewer recipe with you. I love Japanese, Chinese, Korean and other Asian cuisines and I love that all of them are so delicious! There are so many wonderful flavors to explore. 

I have a great memory of yakitori skewers from the month I spent in Japan living with different host families. One evening, my host mom and her daughter took me grocery shopping so that they could get groceries to make the evening meal. On the way to the grocery store we stopped by a small kiosk in the parking lot for a snack. The snack happened to be an amazing, freshly grilled yakitori skewer. I still remember that taste, and it all comes back to me when I make these yummy skewers at home. 

I love this recipe because it has few ingredients and is very simple to prepare, yet it feels like a special meal. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do in our family. 

    The yakitori sauce, bubbling on the stove. 


The yakitori sauce, bubbling on the stove. 

Molasses and Garlic Yakitori Skewers: 

10-12 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes


1.5-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small cubes

1 bunch green onions, sliced into 1 inch segments


Yakitori Sauce: 

1/3 cup gluten free (tamari)  soy sauce

1/3 cup mirin (rice wine)

1 tablespoon molasses

3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced


1. Thread chicken cubes & green onion segments onto skewers until you run out of chicken and green onions. Place on a platter and set aside. 

2. Heat your grill to medium high, (and oil the grill grates) or heat your oven to broil. Oil or grease a broiler pan if using the broiler. 

3. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat, stirring with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. 

4. Continue to cook the sauce until it bubbles and thickens. If it gets too thick you may add water to thin it out. It should be thick enough to coat the chicken & green onion without being too runny and falling off. 

5. Place the chicken skewers on the grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes per side. Once you turn over the skewer, brush the cooked side with yakitori sauce. Then, brush the other side. Make sure the chicken is cooked through, but not dry. 

If you are broiling the chicken in the oven, place on a broiling pan with slits in the top. Broil one side of the chicken for 1-2 minutes, then brush with sauce. Continue with the other side. Depending on the  strength of the  broiler, watch the chicken carefully. You want it charred, but not too dry or burned. 

I hope you enjoy this delicious and simple dish for dinner soon! 

If I made you hungry for a skewer, pass this post on to a friend!