Chicken in Japanese-Style Sauce

Chicken in Japanese-Style Sauce

This chicken has a distinctly Japanese flavour despite the generous amount of ketchup. It makes an excellent side dish to rice.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Chicken thigh meat
500 g
2 tablespoons
●Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
2 teaspoons
●Ground sesame seeds
2 tablespoons
Sake (for steaming)
60 ml
Vegetable oil
as needed


1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Combine the ● ingredients to make the sauce.
2. Grease the frying pan with a thin layer of oil and put on the heat. When the frying pan is hot, add in the chicken and cook on a high heat until browned.
3. Temporarily stop the heat and wipe away any excess oil from the pan.
4. Restart the heat and pour 60 ml sake into the frying pan with the chicken. Cover the frying pan with a lid and turn the heat to high.
5. Once the liquid has almost all evaporated, take off the lid and lower the heat to medium. Add the sauce you mixed together in Step 1 to the pan and simmer, being careful not to burn anything.
6. It's done. Include it in your bento lunch or serve as a side dish at dinner!

Story Behind this Recipe

I always have ketchup in my cupboard but never use it in anything other than Western cooking. So I combined the ketchup with plenty of sesame seeds and came up with this delicious sauce that somehow still tastes strangely Japanese but also lets the flavour of the ketchup shine.