Stuffed Yakitori Chicken with Quinoa and Cucumber Salad

Stuffed Yakitori Chicken with Quinoa and Cucumber Salad

Serves 10
Meal type Main Dish



  • 3/4 cups low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mirin rice wine (or sherry)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • 2lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 inch julienne
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1 inch julienne
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1 inch julienne
  • cooking spray

Cucumber Salad with Yuzu and Sesame

  • 2 Medium cucumbers, sliced extra thin
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yuzu (any lemon juice will work

About This Recipe

No question about it, Asian fusion cooking is the hottest, healthiest and tastiest way to eat. Yakitori is the ancient Japanese grilling style for chicken that is subtle and delicious.

Chicken and Marinade:
Nutrition Facts per serving (does not include quinoa):  168 Cals, 23 grams Protein, 11 grams Carbs, 2 grams fat

Cucumber Salad with Yuzu and Sesame:
Nutriton Facts per serving: 33 Cals, 1 gram Protein, 2 grams Carbs, 2 grams Fat


Step 1
To make the marinade: whisk together all the ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
Step 2
To make the chicken: wash chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. 
Step 3
Carefully cut a pocket into the side of the chicken breast using a thin bladed knife (I use a boning knife).  Place pocketed chicken breasts into a large zip lock plastic bag and pour three fourths of the marinade over the chicken. 
Step 4
Press most of the air out of the bag and seal tightly. 
Step 5
In a separate small zip lock bag, place julienned peppers and onion and pour in the remaining marinade.  Press out the air and seal tightly. 
Step 6
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours, turning occasionally. 
Step 7
Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Remove chicken and vegetables and reserve the marinade. 
Step 8
Pour marinade into a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil for one minute.  Remove from heat and let cool.
Step 9
Stuff vegetables into chicken breast pockets and close pockets with toothpicks. 
Step 10
Lightly spray with vegetable oil.  Grill over direct medium heat  5 minutes on each side turning and basting with the remaining marinade once half way through grilling time. 
Step 11
Serve warm over quinoa or brown rice with cucumber yuzu salad.  Don’t forget to remove the toothpicks! 
Cucumber Salad with Yuzu and Sesame
Step 12
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, lightly toss and serve.