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Chicken Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken

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Japanese Chicken. Chicken Karaage my way with Japanese Fried Rice and Katsu Sauce. I am sure you will also love it as much as we did.

What is Karaage Chicken made of?

Chicken Karaage, it’s essentially bite-size pieces of chicken thigh dusted with flour and deep-fried in hot oil. With tender and juicy marinated chicken coated in a crispy shell, Karaage is a staple in Japanese home-cooked meals

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Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Japanese


On my recent trip to Cape Town, I had Japanese Chicken and enjoyed it so much that I had to emulate it. I served it with Japanese Fried Rice and Katsu Sauce normally served with Katsu Chicken (another version of Japanese Breaded chicken).


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, boneless
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin (optional)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated garlic (optional)
  • 2 tsp kewpie mayonnaise (optional)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup potato starch or cornstarch
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Put chicken, soy sauce, sake, mirin, ginger, garlic, and mayo in a Ziploc bag and mix well; marinate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  3. Transfer marinated chicken to a large bowl. Beat eggs and pour over chicken. Coat in potato starch.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan and fry chicken in batches until light golden color. Drain on paper towels. Skim the oil. Let oil reheat.
  5. Refry chicken until browned and cooked through. Drain on paper towels and serve.


Katsu sauce

• 1/3 cup ketchup
• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon mirin
• 1 tablespoon sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Set aside for 30 minutes before serving.

Japanese Fried Rice

• 1 cup cooked jasmine rice
• 2 tbsp kewpie Japanese mayonnaise
• 2 eggs
• 200gr bacon, chopped
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 5 garlic cloves, chopped
• 2 spring onions, chopped

Add the mayo to the cooked rice and mix. Fry bacon until crisp in butter.
Add chopped garlic. Add rice. Mix through. Push to one side.
Add egg allow to set then scramble. Mix into rice.
Add 1- 2 tbsp light soy sauce. Mix again.
Add chopped spring onion.

Prepared, tried, and tested by Melanie from The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs and SA Tasty Recipes – Saffas  Daily Recipes 

Note: These recipes were taken from the Internet from various sources and adapted to my liking, as they were all not the same.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 392
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 817 mg
  • Fat: 10.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 19.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 164 mg
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Chicken Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken

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