Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Yakitori – Japanese inspired grilled chicken and zucchini skewers marinated with yakitori sauce and threaded onto bamboo sticks with green onions. 
Yield: 4 servings

Chicken and Zucchini Yakitori

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Marinate Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Yakitori – Japanese inspired grilled chicken and zucchini skewers marinated with yakitori sauce and threaded onto bamboo sticks with green onions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons mirin sake
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce (for GF use low sodium Tamari)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (all fat trimmed (Purdue Fit & Easy))
  • 5 large green onions (cut 1-inch-long)
  • 1 medium zucchini (sliced into 1/2-inch thick rings)
  • 18 10 inch bamboo skewers

Instructions

  • Bring mirin, low sodium soy sauce, honey and crushed garlic to a boil in a medium-sized sauce pan, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and place in a ziplock bag; pour half of the marinade over the chicken.
  • Place the zucchini in a second large ziplock bag and pour the remaining marinade over the zucchini.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, soak the skewers in water 30 minutes so they don't burn.
  • Thread the chicken onto skewers, alternating with green onion so that each stick has 3 cubes of chicken and two pieced of green onion, discarding the chicken marinade.
  • Thread the zucchini onto skewers, alternating with remaining green onion, reserving the marinade for basting.
  • Preheat the grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • When hot, spray with oil then reduced heat to medium; grill the zucchini and chicken skewers about 5 to 6 minutes on each side brushing both sides of the skewers with the yakitori sauce during the last few minutes of cooking time.

Notes

Makes 14 chicken skewers, 4 zucchini skewers.
*Note: It's really hard to be accurate with the sodium here since
most of it is tossed, I calculated it with 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp
mirin, but it would actually be less.
Yakitori marinade recipe adapted from Food.com

Nutrition

Serving: 31/2 chicken skewers, 1 zucchini , Calories: 213.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 8.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 618.5mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 10g
Freestyle Points: 5
Points +: 5