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Chicken Yakitori (Japan)

The Fifa World Cup 2022 is almost upon us, and soon, pubs will be full with hopefully Brits, hungry for more than just football. Taking place in Qatar, from November 21st - December 18th, the Fifa World Cup unites nations from all over the world, which leaves open a whole host of opportunities for venues to really capitalise on the events… with a themed menu.


Ingredients: Makes 6

  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 spring onions, cut into 2.5cm lengths
  • Sticky rice to serve, fresh chillies and coriander

The Sauce

  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 knob of ginger, about 2.5cm, sliced
  • 50ml of sake
  • 100ml of mirin
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 50ml of tamari
  • 50ml of dark soy sauce
  • 50ml of water


  1. Add all the sauce ingredients to a saucepan, bring to the boil and reduce by half until thick and glossy.
  2. Divide into two bowls: one to be used as a dipping sauce and one for basting while cooking.
  3. Remove any skin from the chicken and cut into rectangular strips.
  4. Fold each strip, pushing a skewer through each side to create a domed effect.
  5. Alternate each piece of chicken with a section of spring onion and brush lightly with oil.
  6. Heat a barbecue/grill for direct grilling.
  7. Grill the chicken skewers, turning often.
  8. Once the chicken skewers are around 80% cooked, baste in the sauce and cook until caramelised.

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