Light and Crispy Chicken Karaage

Light and Crispy Chicken Karaage

Chicken breast is inexpensive and great for your food budget (in Japan). If you cut the meat in a certain way it will be even more tasty and tender. I recommend using cornstarch.

Ingredients: 2 to 3 servings

Chicken breasts
about 500 g (2 breasts)
20 g
Grated ginger (tubed is fine)
1 teaspoon
Soy sauce
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
1/2 tablespoon
Cornstarch or katakuriko
as needed
Oil for deep frying
as needed
to taste


1. The the direction of the grain of a chicken breast twists and turns a lot. If you simply cut it vertically from the right, the left part will be twisted.
2. For karaage, cut the chicken into parts as shown in the photo. The part where the grain of the meat is twisted varies, so look closely at the meat on the left upper part when cutting it.
3. Cut each part of the chicken breast so that the cuts are vertical to the grain.
4. The size of the pieces will vary depending on what you're making, but if you cut it like this regardless of the size, the breast pieces will be easy to eat.
5. Put the cut chicken in a bowl or plastic bag with the grated garlic and ginger and the seasoning ingredients. Rub the flavors into the meat. Let the flavors meld for about 30 minutes.
6. Put the ingredients in a plastic bag. Add just as much chicken as you'll be able to fry in one batch, and shake to coat with the flour. Rub and squeeze the chicken pieces over the bag to make the flour adhere to its surface.
7. Deep fry the chicken in 180°C oil. Be careful not to overcook it. If you flour the chicken just before dropping it in oil, there's no need to double-fry. Serve with a little salt on top.
8. I wanted to vary the flavor by adding lemon juice or ponzu sauce while eating the chicken, so I flavored it quite lightly. Adjust with soy sauce to taste.
9. If you use a little more soy sauce than indicated, the color of the fried chicken will be darker.
10. If you have it, please try using cornstarch for the coating. It will be crispier On the left is cornstarch-coated chicken; on the right is katakuriko coated chicken.

Story Behind this Recipe

Chicken breast meat has quite a strong grain. One day, I looked at the breast meat carefully and found out why. A little sweetness is needed in the flavoring, but mirin and honey burn easily so don't use them.