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Japanese chicken yakitori made in the air fryer on a skewer.
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Air Fryer Chicken Yakitori

This Air Fryer Chicken Yakitori is an easy tasty version of our traditional yakitori chicken that's cooked in an air fryer rather than over an open flame. It's the same great taste with different cooking methods, perfect for those of you that love using an air fryer.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Keyword Japanese air fryer recipe, Japanese chicken skewer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Skewers
Calories 240kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Skewer

  • 1/2 lb Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thigh about 2-3 pieces
  • 2 Cups Water optional brine
  • 1 tbsp Salt optional brine
  • 3 Stalk Green Onions
  • 3-6 Wooden Skewers
  • 1/8 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed optional

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sweetener monkfruit erythritol blend, sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 Cup Bonito Flakes
  • 1 Clove Garlic

Instructions

  • 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 5 minutes.
  • Grate garlic and set aside.
  • In a stove top pot, add all the ingredients for the sauce, Soy Sauce, Japanese sake, water, sweetener, Bonito Flakes, and grated garlic and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer heat and let the sauce simmer for 2-4 minutes or until slightly reduced. Once reduced, strain sauce with a strainer and make sure to squeeze/press any excess sauce from the Bonito Flakes. Split the sauce into to 2 bowls, one for basting and another has a dipping/drizzling sauce.
  • Cut green onions into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
  • Cut chicken into 1/2 x 1/2 cube size bites and set aside.
  • Skewer chicken loosely (do not pack in tight). Use 2-3 pieces of chicken for every piece of green onion as picture shown.
  • Generously baste yakitori chicken skewer with sauce from step 5) and transfer to an Air Fryer. Cook for 4-5 minutes @ 390F, rotate the skewers and generously baste skewers again. Cook for another 6-8 minutes @ 390F until browned and internal temp reaches 165F. Once done, transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle optional Toasted Sesame Seed, and drizzle reserved sauce. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 2377mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg