Cheers to a new decade (hello 2020!) and new recipes that I’m super excited to share here on Cook and Savor! Get ready for a 5-week recipe series where I’ll be taking your tastebuds on a journey through Asian-inspired recipes using NAKANO Rice Vinegars.
I’m kicking off this series with an Air Fryer Chicken Yakitori appetizer that uses fresh, simple ingredients and is super easy to prepare. Chicken Yakitori is my go-to pick when eating at any Japanese Izakaya. There’s something about grilled, juicy morsels of skewered chicken and scallions seasoned with a sweet and savory sauce that keeps me coming back for more.
Cooking the Chicken Yakitori in the air fryer is a great alternative to firing up the grill or turning on the oven. I’m OBSESSED with air frying because food cooks quickly with very little to no oil. Plus, clean up is a breeze! I line the bottom of my air fryer’s basket with parchment paper which makes Will happy because he isn’t soaking and scrubbing it like crazy when I’m done.
NAKANO Organic Natural Rice Vinegar adds a unique and versatile flavor to the 5-ingredient marinade for this Air Fryer Chicken Yakitori recipe. Since 1804, NAKANO has been crafting rice vinegar with authentic flavor and perfecting their legacy with unique, contemporary ingredients. For eight generations, NAKANO continues to provide a modern twist to classic rice vinegar. I can definitely taste the quality in their products!
I bet you’re wishing you can taste this right now. Don’t wait, grab your ingredients and make this ASAP!
Air Fryer Chicken Yakitori
- 12 bamboo sticks cut into 7-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 bunch scallions sliced into 2-inch pieces
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Soak bamboo sticks in water for 15 minutes.
Combine the sauce ingredients In a small saucepan and whisk together.
Place the saucepan over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until it simmers and slightly thickens.
Remove from heat.
Divide sauce in half, one for basting the chicken and another to serve with the cooked chicken as a dipping sauce.
Alternate skewering the chicken thighs and scallions on the bamboo sticks.
Season both sides with sea salt.
Line the bottom of an air fryer with parchment paper.
Place 4 skewers on top and baste with sauce. (Cook the skewered chicken in batches of 4 depending on the size of your air fryer)
Air fry at 400F for 5 minutes.
Flip and baste the other side with sauce. Air fry at 400F for 6 minutes until browned and caramelized.
Top with heat and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with the sauce for dipping.