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Yakitori is a Japanese dish of skewered and grilled chicken. The word yakitori means "grilled chicken", and is derived from the words yaku, meaning "grill", and tori, meaning "chicken". Yakitori is usually made with chicken thighs, but can also be made with chicken breast or other chicken parts.
Yakitori has a long history in Japan, and is thought to have originated in the Edo period (1603-1868). It was originally a street food, sold by vendors from pushcarts or yatai. grilled chicken was a popular food for the working class, as it was a cheap and easy to eat.
Yakitori became more popular in the Meiji period (1868-1912), when Western culture and cuisine began to influence Japan. The dish was introduced to the Western world at the Japan-British Exhibition in 1910, and soon became a popular item at fairgrounds and carnivals in the UK and US.
Making yakitori is a great way to enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine at home. When making yakitori, it's important to use fresh, high-quality ingredients. Choose chicken thigh meat as the main ingredient, as it is the most flavorful and moist. To ensure that the meat is cooked evenly, cut it into small cubes that are approximately 1 inch in size. For the marinade, combine soy sauce, mirin, and sake, and marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes before grilling. When grilling the yakitori, use a charcoal grill for a smoky flavor, or an electric grill for easier cooking. Finally, make sure to baste the yakitori frequently with the marinade while cooking to keep the meat moist and flavorful. Enjoy!
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