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Miso Yakitori (Japanese Grilled Chicken with Miso Glaze)

Course Main
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword chicken, Japan, Japanese, leek, miso, poultry, red miso, yakitori
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


Miso Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons red or white miso
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin


  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs
  • 4 thin young leeks, 4 fat green onions, or negi


  • If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to use.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together miso, sugar, sake, and mirin. Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves and the sauce becomes smooth, whisking constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat grill to high heat (or high on broiler if using oven).
  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces. Remove the dark green part of the leeks, clean well, and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Place the chicken and leeks alternately onto the skewers, starting and ending with chicken pieces.
  • Grill, turning about every 2-3 minutes and brushing with the miso glaze, until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve immediately.