We all know Japanese are very creative when it comes to preparing their food.
Yakitori is a Japanese dish that involves skewering the meat with skewer like bamboo stick.
I call mine “Lazy Yakitori” because I adapted the main recipe to suit my needs and mood. This is in no way disrespecting the dish, but because I was caught in a last minute idea of what to cook for dinner. I checked my fridge and pantry on what I can cook quickly and there it popped out the famous Yakitori.
My version features indoor cooking because the winter days where I’m at are no fun. I also skipped the skewer just to make it fast. But come summer, these Yakitori will have their pretty look once more.
But I guarantee you that you will love the taste just like the typical Yakitori.
So here’s my version:
You only need simple ingredients that are probably available on your pantry. I only used six chicken drumsticks.
- soy sauce
- chicken drumsticks (They typically use chicken thighs, but hey these are what I have.)
It’s super quick but yummy. Come and see.
- You want to start with the TARE first, or the sauce. Combine 100 mL soy sauce, 100 mL mirin and 2 tbsp. of sugar.
- Let it boil for 3 minutes and lower down the heat. Wait for another 3 more minutes.
3. Coat your pan with a thin layer of oil and put in your boneless chicken. I used drumstick, chopped them into bite-sized pieces and removed the skin and bones. Cook them for few minutes until you can’t see the raw portion. Note: You can skip this step if you have a griller.
I have no energy at the moment to start up the grill outside in a cold, mean winter.
4. Heat up your cast iron skillet or if you have pan griller and place your chicken pieces and onions. Chop your onions into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle little amount of Tare (the sauce mixture). Cover it for around 3 minutes.
5. After 3 minutes, stir your Yakitori pieces and place around 2 tablespoons of the Tare on the amount of chicken placed above. Cover it again for 3-4 minutes. Afterwards, serve them on a plate with a cup of rice and you are ready to devour.
I tell you, this is such a yummy dish. During winter, we tend to crave some barbecue type of food and this will surely save your day.
I love this. Love,love, love.
In fact, I am going to cook this again tomorrow because I have left over Tare.
Mmmm, don’t judge! Just try it. And tag me on Instagram @walkingwithfavor or use hashtag #kasseyinthekitchen.
Here’s the printed version for you.
My Lazy Yakitori
A super quick and yummy dish perfect for barbecue cravings.
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- 100 mL soy sauce
- 100 mL mirin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 onion
- Chop your chicken into bite-sized pieces. If you are using drumsticks, remove the skin and the bones.
- Prepare your TARE or the sauce by combining 100 mL soy sauce, 100 mL water and 2 tablespoons sugar.
- Boil your Tare and lower down the heat. Let it simmer for additional three minutes.
- Thinly coat oil on your pan and cook the chicken pieces until you don’t see the raw part. (Skip this if you have griller.)
- Heat up your cast iron skillet or grilling pan and place the chicken pieces and bite-sized onions. Sprinkle few amount of the Tare and cover it for three minutes.
- After three minutes, stir the chicken and add six tablespoons of Tare. Cover it again for three minutes.
- Serve with a hot rice and enjoy!
Note: If you have left over Tare, keep it in a container and put it in the fridge for future use.