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Yakitori is a popular Japanese dish that consists of skewered and grilled chicken, typically served with a savory glaze or seasoning. The word "yakitori" translates to "grilled bird" in Japanese, highlighting its primary ingredient. To prepare yakitori, bite-sized pieces of chicken, including various parts such as thighs, wings, and liver, are threaded onto skewers and grilled over charcoal or an open flame.

The grilling process imparts a delicious smoky flavor to the chicken, while the glaze or seasoning adds depth and richness to the dish. Traditional yakitori varieties may include tare (a sweet soy-based sauce), salt, or a combination of both. The skewers are often rotated during cooking to ensure even grilling and a crispy, golden exterior.

Yakitori is enjoyed both as a street food and in restaurants, where it is commonly served as an appetizer or paired with beverages such as beer or sake. Its simplicity, combined with the dynamic flavors achieved through grilling and seasoning, makes yakitori a beloved and iconic dish in Japanese cuisine.