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These chicken yakitori bowls are the perfect Asian inspired dish that takes NO time at all to prepare. Read on to see how you can make this fun and delectable recipe for your family.

Our family loves making our own takeout foods at home. We started years ago experimenting with our favorite Asian, Chinese, and Japanese meals because our favorite restaurant was going out of business.

Little did we know that we would fall in love with making delicious takeout dishes like this recipe for Chicken Yakitori Bowls.

This post was originally published in January 2020. It has recently been updated with new info.

What makes these bowls so delectable is the sauce that the chicken is cooked in. It features Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar and Mizkan Mirin –both of these are the sauces I use to easily create authentic tasting Japanese foods and flavors at home.

How to Make Chicken Yakitori Bowls

These bowls are simple and easy to make and literally take about 20 minutes from start to finish. If you know anything at all about me, then you know that fast, easy, and delicious are my go-to when I am making food for my family.

So – let’s get started with making Chicken Yakitori Bowls – a very simple and easy Japanese dish that will have your family raving about the flavor!

The Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar and Mizkan Mirin ingredients really punch up the flavor in just about anything I am making (I even use Mizkan Mirin in my very popular Eel Sauce recipe).

The rice vinegar is great for things like sushi, marinades, salad dressings, or like this delicious Chicken Yakitori sauce that you are going to flip over.

I even use it a lot when I am making my own Teriyaki sauce – and I make an amazing Crunchy Slaw Salad that pops because of the rice vinegar flavor.

The Mizkan Mirin has a trio of flavors all blended into one – sweet, sour, and bitter – making it a great sauce for things like braising meats and vegetables, making Teriyaki sauce, adding to miso or ramen soup, and more.

Seriously – these sauces are top-notch and are a staple in my kitchen all the time. If I start to run low, I make sure to stock back up because I am forever making takeout at our house. They help me bring an authentic Japanese flavor to my table and I love that they are so easily accessible at the store.

How to Make Yakitori Sauce

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients —

  • 2/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp Mizkan Mirin
  • 2 tbsp of Mizkan Rice Vinegar
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 5 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1lb chicken thighs, cubed (thighs taste better than breast in this recipe)
  • 2 tsp of vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • rice, for serving
  • green onion and toasted sesame seeds for serving

Dice up your boneless, skinless chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper.

In a skillet on medium-high heat, add in your vegetable oil and throw the cubed chicken thighs in and let them cook until they are almost completely cooked all the way through.

While the chicken is cooking, in another saucepan, add all the ingredients through the cornstarch and mix together. Cook over medium heat until the sauce begins to thicken. Then remove from heat and set aside.

This recipe makes a double batch of sauce for the simple reason that you will want to drizzle more sauce over your chicken and rice because it is that good.

Once your sauce is done, pour half into the skillet with the chicken and put it back over medium-high heat to let the sauce cook and caramelize over the chicken. This should take about 2-3 minutes.

Once it is done, place your rice in a bowl and top with the chicken.

Now, if you want to, simply drizzle on more of that sauce. If you have any left, store it in the fridge. It will last about a week. Use if for other dishes with ground beef, ground pork, or just over rice. It is finger-licking good!

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Yield: 2 bowls

Chicken Yakitori Bowls

Chicken Yakitori Bowls

These Chicken Yakitori bowls are simple and easy to make and are full of delicious Japanese flavor!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp Mizkan Mirin
  • 2 tbsp of Mizkan Rice Vinegar
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 5 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1lb chicken thighs, cubed (thighs taste better than breast in this recipe)
  • 2 tsp of vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • rice, for serving
  • green onion, lime, and toasted sesame seeds for serving

Instructions

    1. In a medium pot, whisk together soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, water, sugar, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
    2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the sauce is slightly thickened and then set aside.
    3. Cube chicken into about 1” pieces and season with salt and pepper.
    4. In a skillet, add in the vegetable oil and cook chicken until cooked almost through – about 5-8 minutes.
    5. Add into the skillet half the sauce and continue cooking until the chicken has finished cooking through and the sauce has coated the chicken.
    6. Serve over rice and then top with chopped green onions, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and toasted sesame seeds.
    7. Drizzle on more sauce if you want as well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1801mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 22g

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