Jake Smollett

Yakitori Chicken Meatballs

Jake Smollett
Yakitori Chicken Meatballs


1 LB ground chicken

1 green onion (chopped)

1 TBSP soy sauce

1/2 TBSP grated ginger root

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

Sauce Recipe

1/2 cup sake

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup mirin

1 lemon (zest)

1/2 TSP chili flakes

1 green onion (white part of onion)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 TSP corn starch

1 TBSP honey


In a large mixing bowl add in the ground chicken, chopped green onion, soy sauce, grated ginger, and garlic. Mix that together then start forming your meatballs. Use a tablespoon of ground chicken to form 16-18 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so they don't stick. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until the meatballs are solid. You want to quickly bake them so they can take shape and this way they won't fall apart on the grill. They will hold up nicely when you put them on the skewer. While the meatballs are in the oven start making your sauce. In a small saucepan on medium heat add in the sake, soy sauce, mirin, lemon zest, chili flakes, green onion, garlic, corn starch, and honey. Let that cook until thick and smooth. Once the sauce is done remove from heat and let it sit while you grill the meatballs. Once the meatballs are done in the oven start sliding them onto a skewer. 3 meatballs per skewer. You can either grill on a stove griddle or on a grill. I use my grill. Place the skewers on the grill and let them get those nice grill marks brushing them while they are cooking with that delicious sauce. Save some sauce for dipping as well. Once they are done you can top with more green onions. These go well with veggies or rice. Enjoy!