Yakitori Don

Yakitori Don


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About this recipe: 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.

Jana Marko

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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