Japanese are fond of communal beer drinking, especially as a form of relaxation after works. In such occasion, kushiyaki (grilled food) is the default food. One of the most popular kushiyaki is yakitori (grilled chicken). In its simplest form, a yakitori uses only chicken cubes. Fancier ones would have bell peppers, green or red, and scallion. I choose to use cubed chicken thighs and green bell pepper, you are free to do a simpler version or a fancier one. Oh, and don’t forget to open a can of beer to go with your yakitori. ♥
Yakitori (and all kind of kushiyaki) is best when cooked on a charcoal grill. So if you own one, please grill your yakitori with that. If your kitchen gadget is more limited like mine, a frying pan is perfectly acceptable.
- 400 gram boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into cubes
- 1 to 2 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into the same size as the chicken
- bamboo skewers
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 6 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 tablespoon sake
- 4 tablespoon mirin
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- nanami togarashi or sansho pepper
- Skewer chicken and green bell pepper on bamboo skewers
- Heat oil in a frying pan, sauté the skewered food until brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add all sauce ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer until sauce is reduced and slightly thickened.
- Return the skewered food to the pan and coat with the sauce.
- Arrange the skewered food on a serving platter and serve with a side of nanami togarashi or sansho pepper.