… a recent visit over to Lou’s blog Please Do Not Feed The Animals and her entry for last months Random Recipes, reminded me how much I love Chicken Yakitori… its a classic Japanese dish usually served as little strips of grilled chicken with leeks on a skewer… it’s the sweet combination of sugar and soy sauce that gets the back of my mouth watering and the heady scent as it cooks in my kitchen is driving me to the point of insanity…
… of course i’ve given it my own twist and am cooking it Belleau Kitchen style using my beloved chicken thighs, baked on a bed of leeks, spring onions and fine green beans… i’ve also used honey instead of sugar but the essence of the Yakitori is still there… driving me wild with anticipation as it bakes…
Chicken Thigh Yakitori
4 chicken thighs
1 large leek – sliced lengthways and into batons
4 spring onions – chopped into batons
a handful of fine green beans
100ml dark soy sauce
100ml Mirin (or just use regular white wine)
2 teaspoons runny honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
– mix the liquids and honey in a jug.
– place the vegetables into a baking dish, lay the thighs, skin side up, on top and pour the liquid on top.
– bake in a hot oven for at least an hour, turning the chicken after 30 mins and then back again 10 mins before the end of the cooking time. (the honey will make the chicken skin go a little black but don’t worry, this is how it should look and will add to the incredible taste)
eat and of course, enjoy!