Grilled Chicken on Skewers with Black Pepper

A New Year’s Favorite
A Yakimono Regular


Grilled Chicken meat on skewers, liberally dusted with Black Pepper, is a popular ingredient in the Yakimono, or grilled items, tier of Japanese Bento boxes for New Year.

It is delicious, easily made, and of course can be made any other time of the year as well.


Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine


1 – 1½ pounds Chicken Meat, such as breast or thighs
1 cup Sake
1 cup Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 pinch Ajinomto, optional
2 teaspoons finely ground Black Pepper


First cut the Chicken Meat into uniform square bite-size pieces.  The Chicken might be Breast, Thigh, or other parts, but should be skinless and boneless.

How to use Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Put the Sake and Soy Sauce into a small sauce pan, then add the Sugar, Ajinomoto, if used, and 1 teaspoon of the Black Pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer slowly for about 20 minutes until it becomes thick and syrupy.

Next put the Chicken pieces on skewers and brush them with the sauce.  Put them on a grill and com until they are done, turning occasionally and basing frequently with the sauce.

When the Grilled Chicken is done, sprinkle it with the final teaspoon of Black Pepper and when it is cool, you can put it into the Bento box.   Traditionally, Yakimono goes into the second tier of a multi-tiered box.


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