This is one of those foods that come in many different variations in Japan. They are served primarily on a stick but you can get them in soups, bentos, as a main dish, etc. It became a family favorite almost instantly (it needed some tweaks at first). I'm giving you my dinner recipe here, which I usually serve on a bed of Japanese rice with a side salad or sauteed enoki mushrooms.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
12 mins
42 mins
8 patties


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Teriyaki Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a small pot over low heat. Add 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic; cook and stir until slightly browned, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup tamari, 1/4 cup sake, mirin, brown sugar, and sesame seeds; simmer until glaze is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • Combine ground chicken, egg, green onions, carrot, bread crumbs, miso, 2 tablespoons ginger, potato starch, seaweed, 1 tablespoon tamari, 1 tablespoon sake, soy sauce, white sugar, and paprika in a large bowl; mix well into a thick paste, at least 5 minutes.

  • Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Roll ground chicken mixture into balls the size of your palm. Flatten them slightly into patties. Grill until well-browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and continue grilling until browned on the second side, 2 to 3 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Brush glaze over meatballs before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute dark soy sauce for the tamari in the sauce if desired. Replace the brown sugar with white sugar if desired. Add potato or corn starch to the glaze to thicken it if you like.

Substitute cornstarch for the potato starch if desired. Substitute red pepper flakes for the paprika if preferred.

Refrigerate meatball mixture for 2 hours to allow it to thicken if you like.

Cook in a grill pan or skillet instead of grilling outdoors if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 12.8g; fat 2.2g; cholesterol 44.6mg; sodium 901.6mg. Full Nutrition