Dinner, Meat, Outdoor Cooking

Chicken Yakitori

Cooking method:

Ninja Woodfire Electric BBQ Grill & Smoker
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Pre-heat Time 9 mins
  • Cook Time 25 mins
  • Total time: 59 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 6 people

Chicken Yakitori

TIP: Use the Robust Blend for a rich, classic BBQ smoke flavour. 

Utensils required


Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Soy, Wheat, Sesame


For the tare

  • 100ml mirin
  • 100ml dark soy sauce
  • 50ml sake
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar

For the skewers

  • 600g skinless, boned, chicken thighs, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced into 3cm lengths
  • Salt, as desired
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 6 bamboo skewers, soaked
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced, to garnish

Cooking mode

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  • Step 1

    In a small saucepan, add mirin, soy sauce, sake, and sugar over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves then simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.  

  • Step 2

    Thread chicken and spring onions onto the soaked skewers then brush skewers with rapeseed oil. 

  • Step 3

    To install the grill plate, position it flat on top of the heating element and gently press down until it sits into place, then close the lid.  

  • Step 4

    While holding the smokebox lid open, use the pellet scoop to pour pellets into the smokebox until filled to the top. Then close smoke box lid.​

  • Step 5

    Turn dial to GRILL, press WOODFIRE FLAVOUR, set temperature to HI, and set time to 10 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin preheating (IGN and preheating will take approx. 9 minutes). 

  • Step 6

    When unit beeps to signify it is preheated and ADD FOOD is displayed, open lid and add skewers to grill. Close lid to begin cooking.  

  • Step 7

    When unit beeps and the display reads FLIP, open lid and use silicone-tipped tongs to turn skewers. Close lid to continue cooking. 

  • Step 8

    After 7 minutes, open lid and baste skewers with tare mixture. Close lid to continue cooking. After 9 minutes, open lid and use silicone-tipped tongs to turn skewers over then baste skewers with tare. Close lid to continue cooking 

  • Step 9

    When cooking is complete, open lid and remove the skewers. Baste with more tare and garnish with spring onion and sesame seeds. Serve hot with remaining tare, rice and vegetables.