You might be wondering about the name of this recipe, the simple fact is that I didn’t have all 100% true ingredients and had to improvise. Even with the modifications this is an excellent grilling sauce, as you will see when you try it. As with all my cooking sauces, my wife just could not get enough of it.
Island Yakitori Sauce Ingredients
1 1/2 tbsp. garlic
4 tbsp. cane sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. tapioca starch
1/2 tsp. black pepper
8 tbsp. soy sauce (1/2 cup)
3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. rum
I know that all of the ingredients here are not 100% traditional but with it tasting as good as it does no one is going to really car when they are eating it. It has its own unique flavor and I found it totally by accident. The recipe you see here is not the original one that I came up with but the one that reflects the wrong measurements that I did. The above is what was actually used and it tastes just oh so good.
As to the soy sauce that is used, I recently found a non gluten or gluten free say that is made with rice instead of wheat. That sauce, in my honest and un-humble opinion is by far the best tasting soy that I have ever had. If you can get it, use that instead of the soy sauce that has been made with wheat, the rice stuff is the bomb and once you use it will never want to use anything else, ever!
Ok, back to the cooking and the tasting, as you will be doing a great deal of.
Take all of the ingredients and whisk them together. Take your mixture, it tastes great as it is, and place on a low flame. I still use a gas stove and I like it much better then the induction coil things. You will cook your mix for about 15 minutes to blend all the flavors together. Then remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
Most other recipes at this point tell you to strain the resulting liquid. Why in all the names of the gods would you want to do that when there is so much flavor to be had with this sauce. I didn’t strain it and the world didn’t end because I didn’t. It tastes great as it is and I was not willing to take any flavor away from it.
Preparing the Yakitori
1 1/2 lb. chicken in 1/4 inch strips
8-10 bamboo skewers
any ingredient you want to use between the chicken
sauce from the recipe above
Now once your mix is done you will want to use it, so here is how to fix up your chicken. By the way, the above recipe will marinate and cook about a pound to about a pound and a half of chicken. To fix the chicken you will want to slice it in quarter inch slices. Take all the slices and put them in a bowl and add the sauce. (I know my syntax and grammar is bad but when talking about or rather writing about what tastes so good, I just can’t help myself)
Mix the chicken with a spoon slowly with the sauce. You do this by folding it over and over again till the sauce covers ever part of the strips. Now place them in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours to pick up all the flavor. Once done remove from the fridge. As to the skewers, you want to soak them in water for about 30 minutes. This will keep them from burning up on you as you are cooking these on an open fire grill. You can also use an iron skillet with no oil in it. You do this by placing the skillet on the stove and turning the heat to medium high. Once the temp is reached you place the skewers across it, resting them on the lip of the skillet. The heat from the metal will act as a grill. Might take longer but the results will be similar.
Take the chicken and your separator ingredient, in this case lets use pineapple chunks, and get ready to make magic. Thread the chicken strips onto the skewers by folding and wrapping them on the sticks. Between each place a pineapple chunk. Once all are made up (you might need more sticks) take them and place them on the grill.
Now as to the sauce you made, you will have leftover in the marinating bowl. You will use this to brush onto the skewered meat. I know it had chicken on it but it is going to cook anyway.
Brush sauce on the skewers and let cook a about a minute and then turn over and repeat adding sauce. Keep doing this till the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the sauce is used up. Once finished remove from grill and enjoy.