Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori Mini Skewers – Winter Nibbles for Picnics and Parties

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For your Christmas and New Year racedays, these Chicken yakitori mini skewers make a fabulous addition to any racing picnic. They are also superb sticky, irresistible nibbles (that are low in saturated fat) for your pre- or post racing party!

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20–25 minutes

Makes: 18


1 pack essential Waitrose British Chicken 6 Thigh Fillets, about 600g, cubed
1 pack trimmed leeks, cut into 4cm lengths
1 tbsp sunflower oil
4 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Mirin Rice Wine
4 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice or white wine vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Thread the chicken and leek alternately onto 18–20 short bamboo skewers (or snip longer ones in half). You should have 2 cubes of chicken and 1 piece of leek on each. Brush lightly with oil and arrange on a foil-lined grill pan.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium. Cook the skewers for 7–8 minutes on each side until nicely browned and completely cooked through with no pink meat. Drain off any excess liquid.
  3. Meanwhile, for the yakitori sauce, place the mirin, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, cornflour and ginger in a small pan. Cook gently, stirring for 2–3 minutes, until bubbling and thickened.
  4. Brush the chicken with the yakitori sauce and sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Return to the grill for a further 1–2 minutes until the seeds are toasted. Transfer to a platter and serve warm.

Cook’s tip

The mirin in this recipe can be swapped for a medium sherry such as Waitrose Medium Dry Amontillado.


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