The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Japanese Chicken Skewers - Yakitori Negima. Enjoy this delicious traditional festival food at only ~1g Net Carb/Skewer. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
1/2lbBoneless and Skinless Chicken Thigh (about 2-3 pieces)
2CupsWater (optional brine)
1tbsp Salt (optional brine)
3-4 PiecesWooden Skewers
1/8 tspToasted Sesame Seed (optional)
2tbsp Soy Sauce
3tbsp Japanese Sake
1 1/2tbsp Swerve/Monkfruit
1/2Cup Bonito Flakes
Gather all the ingredients.
Optional Brine - In a mixing bowl, add 2 cups of water and 1 tbsp of salt. Add chicken and brine for 1 hour. Note - be careful not to over brine, otherwise it will come out too salty.
Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.
Finely dice garlic and set aside.
In a stove top pot, add all the ingredients for the marinate - Soy Sauce, Japanese Sake, Water, Swerve/Monkfruit, Bonito Flakes, and Diced Garlic - and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer heat and let sauce reduce for 7-10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Once reduced, strain sauce with strainer and make sure to squeeze/press any excess sauce from the bonito flakes. Set aside. Note - if you are making more sauce, it will take longer to reduce. Note 2 - if you like stronger flavors, transfer some of the sauce into a reserve bowl and drizzle sauce before serving. Do not drizzle sauce you used for basting as it would be contaminated.
In the meantime, cut green onions into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
Cut into 1/2 x 1/2 cube size bites and set aside.
Skewer chicken loosely (do not pack in tight). Use 3 pieces of chicken for every piece of green onion as picture shown.
Preheat grill to 350F. Once grill is preheated, reduce heat to medium-low and place skewers on the grill. Using a basting brush, generously brush marinade on each skewer and close lid. Rotate skewers every 2 minutes basting on each rotation and until done - should take around 8-10 minutes or once internal temp reaches 165F. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle optional Toasted Sesame Seed.
Optional Oven Instructions - if you don't own a BBQ grill or located in an area where grilling is not possible, here are alternative oven instructions. Preheat oven to 500F. Place skewers on a baking rack in center of oven and generous brush marinade on each skewer. Rotate every 2 minutes basting on each rotation and continue until done - should take around 8-10 minutes or once internal temp reaches 165F. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle optional Toasted Sesame Seed.