Tasty Thursday – Crockpot Yakitori Chicken (Take 1)

September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

When I was in New York a couple of weekends ago, we were able to have some delicious Yakitori (Japanese style of skewered meat).


While they were preparing our skewers, I saw them dip the skewers into a pot of Yakitori sauce and I was inspired. 

Since we all know I love Crockpot dishes, I wanted to try making a Crockpot version of Yakitori Chicken.  I Googled “Yakitori Sauce” and found loads of recipies, ultimately choosing the recipe from the Just One Cookbook website.

Ingredients – Sauce Recipe HERE <- visit here for a traditional look

  • 1lb of chicken breast
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup mirin (sweet cooking rice wine)
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp. packed brown sugar

Most of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, the Asian aisle of a grocery store and liquor/wine store if your grocery stores do not sell sake.

Put the chicken in the Crockpot and mix all the ingredients into a small bowl.  Pour the mixture into the Crockpot and let it sit on low or high (your preference really based on time/availability/comfort level of leaving the Crockpot on) until the chicken can be pulled.  I set mine on low for about 4 hours.

When it was done I had this!

  • This was a quick and simple recipe
  • You can serve it with veggies, rice or quinoa
  • It was pretty tasty – I saved some of the liquid to pour over the chicken
  • It tasted more like soy sauce chicken vs. yakitori chicken (I think its missing the grilled taste)
  • I bet this sauce would be a yummy marinade for chicken wings or thighs

As my title suggests, this is “Take 1” of this recipe, I hope to refine it throughout the fall.  Next time I think I may reduce the remaining sauce (thicken it) and put it back into the Crockpot with the shredded chicken. 

Do you like kabobs or skewered meat/veggies?

Do you have a favorite Japanese dish or recipe?

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