Yakitori Don

    6 hours 30 mins

    One of the most popular Japanese dishes (authentic recipe). The tasty ginger and rice wine marinade can be used for meat or fish. This recipe can also be made on the grill using the marinade as a basting sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (1.25kg) whole chicken, cut into pieces
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 2/3 cup (170ml) soya sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sake
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:6hr marinating  ›  Ready in:6hr30min 

    1. Rinse chicken, and pat dry. In a glass baking dish or bowl, stir together the ginger, garlic, sugar, soya sauce, sake and mirin. Place the chicken into the mixture to marinate. Refrigerate, covered for several hours, or overnight.
    2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken pieces into the pan skin-side down, reserving marinade. Cook until light brown, then flip and brown the other side. Drain off grease, and pour the marinade into the pan. Cover, and reduce heat to low, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking, shaking the skillet occasionally, until marinade is evaporated. Serve hot with rice or noodles.

    The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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    Loved it! So good we choose to make it while in Japan! The authentic Yakatori joint is down the street and we're not sure we can tell a difference! We added pea pods and mushrooms as well as crushed sesame seeds. Yum! Yum! Yum! Thanks for posting the recipe! This is even a surprisingly easy to make!  -  03 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe... tastes exactly like the yakitori in Japan. You could also cut the chicken into small pieces (boneless, skinless) and after they are marinated place the pieceson skewers to BBQ. (This is how it is made and served by the street vendors in Japan) yummy.  -  04 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    You know, I cook a lot of asian food. Mosly japanese. This was actually quite delicious. I just made it last night and already my wife is asking for it again. i added a little sesame chile oil in place of some of the oil the recipe called for. Came out fantastic!  -  01 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)