Japanese Grilled Chicken “Yakitori”

Japanese sandbox grills are fantastic to cook with. But the restaurants that have these grills are super exclusive and you and I can’t get into them.
So I made a Japanese sandbox grill myself to play around with and grill some white rubbed chicken with yakitori sauce.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people
Calories 421 kcal


  • 1 kg chicken drumettes

White Chicken Rub

  • 1 part fleur de sel
  • ¼ tbsp ground black pepper
  • tbsp onion powder
  • tbsp garlic powder

Yakitori Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 1 toe garlic
  • 2 piece rawit peppers
  • 1 piece spring onion
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce


  • Make your sandbox grill. Just watch the video for simple instructions. Start some hardwood charcoal and wait till it’s white-hot.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the white chicken rub by mixing all the ingredients.
  • Then you can make the Yakitori sauce by frying the garlic, ginger, pepper, and the spring onion in some oil.
  • When the garlic is soft but not burned, you add the saké and let that reduce a bit.
  • Add the fish sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, and soy sauce. Stir it good and put it in a jar.
  • Take the chicken drummettes and stick each one on a bamboo skewer. Then sprinkle them with the white chicken rub.
  • Stick the skewers with the chicken close to the glowing charcoal and let the heat do its work.
  • When the chicken is done, brush them with the yakitori sauce. When the sauce is caramelizing and getting sticky, the drumettes are ready to eat.



Calories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 26gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 985mgPotassium: 278mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 232IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Crilled, Drumettes, japanese, Yakitori
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