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NIOSA Fare: Yak-i-tori Chicken

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Grill your own NIOSA Yak-i-tori Chicken.

In the Chinatown area of A Night in Old San Antonio, you’ll find these tasty, soy sauce-marinated chicken bites threaded on skewers. Listen to the great music coming from the Yak-i-tori booth — all workers sing Karaoke-style (one volunteer even wrote a song for the booth that is sung nightly).

After you buy your yak-i-tori, or shish kebabs,  go to nearby booths and buy stir-fried vegetables and fried rice for a complete Chinese dinner.

NIOSA Yak-i-tori Chicken

4 chicken thighs, boned
1 cup soy sauce
6-8 bamboo skewers

Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 15 minutes to keep from burning.  Trim  fat from de-boned chicken thighs.  Cut each thigh into 6-8 pieces. Marinate chicken pieces in soy sauce.

When ready to cook, start the grill. Assemble chicken pieces on sticks. Grill until done. If you don’t want to light a grill, you can use the broiler rack in the oven.

For variations, add chunks of bell pepper, onions, tomatoes or whatever you like the last 5 minutes of grilling time.

Makes 4-6 servings.


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