Yakitori can be literally translated to “grilled chicken,” from the Japanese words yaki (grill) and tori (chicken). Yakitori consists of bite-sized pieces of meat (usually chicken) served on a bamboo skewer.
In Japan, yakitori can be a street food dish or a casual meal served in a parlor, frequently paired with Japanese beer or sake.
In America, it’s becoming trendy in restaurants, with chefs using all parts of the chicken for their skewers and getting creative with other proteins and foods.
Traditional yakitori will always be prepared over binchotan, a Japanese white charcoal. This heat source burns very clean so it doesn’t add flavor to the chicken skewers; all charred flavor comes from contact with the hot grill.
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