Yakitori Chicken Wings

June 02, 2020

Delicious, smokey Yakitori chicken wings.

chicken yakitori recipe

What is Yakitori?

Yakitori is a Japanese dish of chicken pieces, marinated in a mixture of light soy sauce, sugar, and mirin (I used sushi seasoning as I ran out).

Yakitori literally means Grilled Chicken.

Japanese Yakitori recipe

How to make Yakitori sauce?

I uploaded prep photos for easy understanding.

For full ingredients, measurements, methods and my notes are in the recipe card below.

1. Light Soy sauce
Making yakitori sauce using soy sauce
2. Sugar
1 teaspoon of sugar Making yakitori sauce
3. Sushi seasoning (optional vinegar)
Vinegar in Making yakitori sauce
4. Spring onions
cut up spring onions in Making yakitori sauce

How to Marinade yakitori chicken?

Boneless chicken pieces were usually used to make chicken yakitori.

However, I used chicken wings instead, and not chicken pieces, because this was an impromptu cook-out! 
We had charcoal fire going in our barbecue pit and not to wanting to waste, I quickly marinade chicken wings.
I do not have time to cut and marinade chicken pieces! 

Nevertheless, the result was still delicious.

Cook yakitori sauce above until slightly thicken, put aside to completely cool.

Pour the marinade over and marinate for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge.

chicken wings in yakitori sauce
marinating chicken wings in yakitori sauce overnight

How to Cook Yakitori Chicken?

To have the optimum taste, it is best to cook these yakitori chicken pieces over charcoal open fire.

The best way to bring out the smokey taste!

marinated chicken wings in yakitori sauce

What goes well with Yakitori?

Yakitori is a popular street food in Japan hence meant to be finger food, snack, food on the go kind of thing!

I love to have my steam rice with my Yakitori Chicken wings, perhaps with a bowl of miso soup to wash down after.

Charcoal grilled chicken yakitori

Tell me how do you like your yakitori chicken to be serve with?

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Yakitori Chicken Wings

Yakitori Chicken Wings

Marinated chicken wings cooked over a charcoal fire.


  • 1 to 1.5 kg chicken wings
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sushi seasoning
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 spring onion


  1. Combine all sauces in a small pot.
  2. Stir and cook until it slightly thicken.
  3. Keep aside to cool.
  4. Clean chicken wings, (optional : separate wings to drummets)
  5. Marinate the chicken wings with the yakitori sauce for at least 4 hours.
  6. Best if marinate overnight in the fridge.
  7. Start the charcoal fire.
  8. Cook and baste the chicken pieces until its cooked through.
  9. Serve immediately


1. Boneless chicken pieces on skewers are usually used to make yakitori. 2. I ran out of mirin, hence I substitute with sushi seasoning (or you can substitute with vinegar) and sugar.
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Chicken wings marinated in yakitori sauce, cooked over open barbeque pit.