Thin-skinned shishito peppers char quickly on the grill. We cook them on their own skewers, separate from the chicken. This way you can add them in the last few minutes so they don't get too blistered. These peppers can sometimes be spicy, so if you don't like too much heat, swap in mini bell peppers instead. Serve over rice to round out the meal.

EatingWell Magazine, June 2021


Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Combine tamari (or soy sauce), mirin, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger and garlic in a medium bowl. Transfer half the mixture to a small saucepan. Add chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. Let marinate, stirring once or twice, for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring the marinade in the pan to a boil. Whisk water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to the pan. Cook, whisking, until the sauce is bubbling and thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Thread peppers crosswise onto 3 skewers and the chicken onto the remaining 3 skewers. (Discard any remaining marinade.) Oil the grill rack. Grill the chicken, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, about 10 minutes. Grill the peppers, turning occasionally, until charred, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Brush the chicken and peppers with the reserved sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallion.


Less-sodium tamari, sometimes called tamari "lite," cuts the amount of salt per serving by 50% compared to the regular version—and all without sacrificing flavor (we tried them side by side in a blind taste test). It even has 100 mg less sodium than low-sodium soy sauce. People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients.


Six 11-inch metal skewers

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. chicken & 1/2 cup peppers
303 calories; fat 14g; cholesterol 151mg; sodium 562mg; carbohydrates 10g; dietary fiber 1g; protein 30g; sugars 7g; niacin equivalents 7mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 434IU; vitamin b6 1mg; potassium 431mg.