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Overhead horizontal image of skewers of grilled chicken piled on a square black and gold serving dish, on top of a red cloth with blue stitching at the border, on a gray wood surface.

Grilled Chicken Yakitori

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This grilled chicken yakitori is a fantastic way to bring a savory Japanese tradition into your own home. The recipe is simple and flavorful.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, gluten-free tamari, or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes (optional)
  • 810 wooden skewers
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins (about 8-10)


  1. Place soy sauce, honey, fresh ginger, garlic, and red pepper in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Place chicken in the bowl and turn the tenderloins to coat well with the marinade.
  3. Let it soak in for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat grill. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 15 minutes before using.
  5. Thread 1 or 2 chicken tenderloins onto each skewer.
  6. Discard remaining marinade.
  7. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Keywords: appetizer, snack, grilled chicken, Japanese, yakitori