Yakitori - Grilled Chicken Meatballs

Yakitori is grill chicken speared on skewer. I used to buy it from my favorite Japanese fast food restaurant, Goiza. In Japan you can get it everywhere from street vendors.

Yakitori Chicken Meatballs

The important key is, apart of using fresh chicken and grilling it well, the quality of the sauce. I'm satisfied with this recipe especially the sauce. It tasted great, eventhough I skipped sake and used non alcoholic mirin. The balls were delicious when eat warmed. But unfortunately, they turned out to be too hard to chew when cold, so better eat right after grilling (on the next day, I used the left-over grilled balls for my chicken meatballs soup).

Ok Sig since you are the host, here's my contribution for Monthly Mingle-Grill It to celebrate summer. Come on join the fun of grilling here! And Bee, thanks for sharing the recipe. I found it coincidently in your 2007's archive ;).

Yakitori Chicken Meatballs

Grilled Chicken Meat Balls (Yakitori)
Source : Rasa Malaysia

11 oz skinless chicken (minced)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons plain (all-purpose) flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
6 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
(dita- I added 1 tbsp soy sauce)
2 inches fresh ginger root (grated)
Bamboo skewers

For the "tare" yakitori sauce
4 tablespoons sake
5 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon corn starch blended with 1 teaspoon water

1. Put all the ingredients for the chicken balls (except the ginger) in a food processor and blend well.
2. Wet your hands and scoop about a tablespoonful of the mixture into your palm. Shape it into a small ball about half the size of a golf ball.
3. Squeeze the juice from the grated ginger into a small mixing bowl. Discard the pulp.
4. Add the ginger juice to a small pan of boiling water. Add the chicken balls and boil for about 7 minutes, or until the color of the meat changes and the balls float to the surface. Scoop out and drain on a plate covered with paper towels.
5. In a small pan, mix all the ingredients for the yakitori sauce, except for the corn starch solution. Bring the mixture to boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce slightly reduced. Add the corn starch solution and stir until the sauce is thickened. Transfer to a small bowl.
6. Thread 3-4 balls on to each bamboo skewer. Grill the skewers with an indoor grill or broiler or on a barbeque (preferred). Brush them with the yakitori sauce and turn the skewers frequently until the balls turn brown.
7. Serve hot and sprinkle with shichimi togarashi (Japanese chile powder with sesame seeds) and some yakitori sauce if you like.

Yakitori Chicken Meatballs


  1. aw aw... terlihat menggiurkan
    gue penggemar foto-foto elo Dit, keureueeennn *baca: keren*

  2. Anonymous10:04 AM

    I remember tasting the Yakitori at the Asian restaurant called Zyng in Bahrain. It was really good!

  3. bagus bgt dit ...fotonya..keren...pingin nyoba jg tuch...uenakkk kayaknya

  4. natalie6:00 PM

    ohhhh these look sooooo good!!!!

  5. Anonymous6:37 PM

    These picture really made me hungry! Thanks :)

  6. waaaa...lagi seneng grill juga Dit. Ampe puas disini, cuaca bagus banget. Sausnya yumm bikin ngiler

  7. Though these are sold at yakitori restaurants, they aren't "yakitori". This is tsukune. Yakitori isn't made with ground chicken.

  8. Sefa : Sefaaaaaaaa!!!! kayaknya foto2 gue belum pantes digemari dwehhhh!!! :P Makasih anyway :)

  9. Cece : now trying to make it on your own *wink*

    Natalie : yes it tastes good!

    Bakinforthecure : thanks :)

    Orchid64 : oopppssss sorry. thanks for the info, I didn't know about it.

  10. Ellen : makasih ya.

    Ambar : iya Mbar, kalo aja di sini summernya gak sampe 50 derajat pengennya bakar2 di luar deh, di pinggir pantai gitu :)

  11. i love yakitori. our local japanese restaurant has some really tasty stuff but with your help i think i can make this at home from now on. Thanks for joining us at the MM.

  12. Oh yum... those are the best looking chicken meatballs I've ever seen! Thank you for sending this over to MM-Grill It!

  13. Dittt....yaki tori disini segambreng qiqiiqiq, tapi gue belum pernah makan LOL, btw emang ada mirin yang halal ya asikkkk

  14. Anonymous10:41 PM

    Thank you for the recipe. It was a good base for me. I had to change it little bit. I added chopped green oinions, regular onion, little bit of pepper. I had to add more bread crumbs,more flour and corn starch to make my balls. Another thing was to roll the balls in the flour before boiling them in the water. It was delicious.


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