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Chicken Katsu


25 min

Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu Photo 1




25 min


4 persons




4.00 rating-star (874)


Author: Victoria Bailey
Chicken katsu is Japanese-style fried chicken. This is my family recipe and can also be used to make tonkatsu by using pork cutlets instead of chicken. Serve with white rice and tonkatsu sauce.


  • skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/2 inch thickness: 4 piece
  • salt and pepper to taste: 0 piece
  • all-purpose flour: 2 Tbsp
  • egg, beaten: 1 piece
  • panko bread crumbs: 1 cup
  • oil for frying, or as needed: 1 cup

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Stages of cooking

  1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Place flour, beaten egg, and panko crumbs into separate shallow dishes. Coat chicken breasts in flour, shaking off any excess; dip into egg, and then press into panko crumbs until well coated on both sides.
    Chicken Katsu Photo 2
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the hot oil, and fry until golden brown, 3 or 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
    Chicken Katsu Photo 3

History of the Chicken Katsu:

Chicken katsu is a popular Japanese dish that has a long history. The dish is believed to have been inspired by Western cuisine and was introduced to Japan during the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912). The dish quickly became popular and was eventually modified to suit the local palate. Today, chicken katsu is typically served with a side of rice and tonkatsu sauce, and is enjoyed all over Japan and around the world.

Tips and Tricks for Chicken Katsu Recipe:

To make the perfect chicken katsu, it is important to follow some tips and tricks:

  1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness: This will ensure that they cook evenly and remain tender.

  2. Use panko bread crumbs: Panko bread crumbs are lighter and crunchier than regular bread crumbs, making them ideal for chicken katsu.

  3. Fry the chicken in hot oil: This will ensure that the chicken cooks quickly and browns evenly.

  4. Drain the chicken on paper towels: This will help remove any excess oil and keep the chicken crispy.

Tips for presenting the dish:

To make your chicken katsu look as good as it tastes, here are some tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Serve the chicken with a side of rice: This is a classic Japanese way of serving chicken katsu.

  2. Add some vegetables: You can add some steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrot, and bok choy to give the dish some color and texture.

  3. Drizzle with tonkatsu sauce: Tonkatsu sauce is the perfect complement to chicken katsu. Drizzle a little over the chicken and rice for a delicious finish.

What Is Katsu?

Katsu is a Japanese dish of crispy fried cutlets coated with Panko bread crumbs. Popular varieties are chicken katsu (like this recipe) and tonkatsu (which is made with pork).

What to Serve With Chicken Katsu

How to Store Chicken Katsu

Allow the chicken katsu to cool completely, then store your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave.

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