Yakitori Don


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ⅔ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • ¼ cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Rinse chicken, and pat dry. In a glass baking dish orbowl, stir together the ginger, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, sake and mirin. Place the chicken into the mixture to marinate. Refrigerate, covered for several hours, or overnight.


  • Step 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.

  • Step 3

    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 reduced to a nice thick sauce and chicken pieces are fully cooked.

  • Cook's Notes:

    To Bake: bake the chicken pieces in a 325 degree F (165 C) oven for 45 minutes or until done, turning once and basting with the marinade halfway through cooking.

    To Grill: cook over medium-high heat, turning several times for even cooking. Brush with marinade when the chicken is half-cooked.

    Editor's Note:

    The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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