Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

Grilling season is finally here! Here is a delicious recipe for Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Skewers that will melt in your mouth…

You will need 5 – 6 skewers. If you are using the wooden ones, be sure to soak them in water before you start preparing the chicken. You may substitute breast meat for thigh meat but the thigh meat works better for this recipe because the thigh meat is more juicy and tender.

Servings 3-4

Cook / Prep Time – about 2 hours


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 – 6 oz. can pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake or a dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. grated citrus peel, orange or lemon
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water. Cut the chicken thighs into 1-2″ strips or cubes. In a bowl, whisk the pineapple juice and the next 8 ingredients together to make the marinade. Divide the marinade in half. Put half the marinade in a sauce pan. Soak the chicken pieces in the other half of the marinade. Place the marinated chicken in the refrigerator and soak for 1 hour.

If you are using a charcoal grill like I did, get the coals started. When the chicken is done marinating, put the chicken on the skewers securely by weaving them. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. When the coals are white place on grill turning frequently so that they won’t burn. Grill them until they are browned well on all sides. Don’t worry if they are not completely done because we will be finishing them off in the oven.

Pull the skewers off the grill and place them in the oven. Bring the marinade that is in the saucepan to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch and water together and pour into the marinade to thicken into a glaze. Remove from heat and brush the glaze onto the skewers and cook for about 10 minutes. That’s it! Serve with your favorite rice dish.


Suggested music for your listening pleasure while preparing these skewers…

Since the “super worm equinox moon” appeared last night, let’s go with the album “Equinox”, the fifth studio album by Styx featuring “Lorelei” released in December 1975.

And since it is his Birthday today, how about “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money from his album “Can’t Hold Back” released in August 1986. The song features Ronnie Spector on the chorus vocals that mimic “Be My Baby” , the hit song from 1963 on which she was the original vocalist with the “Ronettes”.

Click on the link below to view the Lodge Cast Iron Hibachi Grill that I used on Amazon….,B00006JSUA,B00063RXQK&lp_mat_key=lodge&lp_query=lodge%20hibachi%20grill&linkCode=ll2&tag=joynts55-20&linkId=d6b60948daeea215cf1f135df41285f6&language=en_US

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

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