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Tsukune (Chicken Meatballs)

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16 Skewers

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs ground chicken, preferably dark meat, divided
  • 1 cup scallion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red miso (fermented soybean paste)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (not toasted) or 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for hands
  • 32 skewers, 4 inch and water soaked


  1. First you want Tare, a soy based basting sauce, Recipe #256550 or Recipe #186935 will do nicely.
  2. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2/3 lb. ground chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is opaque and just cooked through, about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool.
  4. Combine cooked chicken, remaining 1 1/3 lb. chicken, scallions, miso, and 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl.
  5. Knead with your hands until a homogenized, sticky mixture forms, about 5 minutes.
  6. Clean hands; lightly coat with oil to prevent meat mixture from sticking. Divide mixture into 16 equal portions. Roll each into a ball, then form each ball into a 4"-long cylinder onto 2 skewers (hold 2 skewers, separating 1" apart at top to form a V shape).
  7. Press meat gently to flatten slightly.
  8. Repeat with remaining skewers and meat.
  9. Over a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, gas grill on high. Arrange bricks for yakitori grill.
  10. Working in batches, grill skewers, turning every minute, for 4 minutes. Brush with tare and continue cooking, turning once, for 2 minutes. Brush again with tare and grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.
  11. Serve immediately.
  12. They can be eaten right off the sticks or slid off the stick into a piece of lettuce.

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