Japanese Chicken Pork Belly and Scalion Kababs

This is a great summer meal that pairs well with assorted colorful peppers and asparagus grilled at the same time as the kebabs. Serve with rice.

By / Photography By John F. Carafoli | June 26, 2017


For the sauce, combine the four ingredients (plus optional ginger and garlic, if using) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, set aside, and cool completely.

Preheat the grill to high.

Thread the skewers, starting with the scallions (overlapping and folding them to fit securely on the skewer). Next, alternate the pork belly and chicken pieces to fill a 6-inch skewer. Oil the grill, place the skewers on the grill, and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side until chicken and pork are cooked through. Serve with remaining sauce.


  • ½ cup soy or tamari sauce
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup sake
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (optional)
  • 1 clove minced garlic (optional)
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
For the skewers:
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs or breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 to 8 scallions
  • 1½ pounds pork belly, cut into bite-sized pieces and boiled for 10 minutes
  • 4 to 6 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour before using
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