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Chicken Katsu Curry – Authentic Japanese Style

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Chicken Katsu curry is so easy to make at home!

When I was growing up in California, this is what chicken curry was to me.

Long before I ever tried an Indian curry, it was chicken katsu curry I ordered whenever we went out to a Japanese restaurant. Back in those days, my parents would always go for the sushi and sashimi but as a kid, I wasn’t going to go there!

I love my sushi and sashimi nowadays but also still can’t get enough of chicken katsu curry, a Japanese classic.

Chicken katsu curry

Absolutely amazing. You can make this chicken katsu so easily at home.

Fact: Chicken katsu curry is known as a western style dish in Japan.

One thing that makes chicken katsu curry different to other curries is the breaded and deep fried chicken. It’s no wonder I loved it so much growing up.

Another must when making chicken katsu curry is to ensure the sauce is super smooth. You could just blend it or do it my way. I blend it and then pass the sauce through a fine mesh sieve. You’ll be amazed at how good this hugely popular curry can be.

If that sounds like too much work, no worries. Your chicken katsu curry will be just fine if you simply blend it. That’s what most chefs do.

Working ahead…

I recommend frying the chicken just before serving.

The chicken katsu sauce, however can be made a couple of days in advance.

Just place it, covered in the fridge and heat it up to serve.

Following are a few snaps I took of the cooking process.

ingredients for chicken katsu curry

It’s always a good idea to get your ingredients together before starting.

Frying onions and carrots

Fry the onions and carrots until the onion is soft and translucent.

Frying vegetables.

Add the garlic and ginger and continue frying for another minute or so.

Frying katsu sauce ingredients.

Add the flour, turmeric and curry powder.

Adding liquid ingredients to pan

Add the coconut milk, chicken stock and soy sauce.

Preparing katsu sauce

Allow to simmer for a few minutes, add the honey and then blend. Add the honey for sweetness to taste. 

blending katsu sauce

Then blend.

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For an extra smooth sauce, I run mine through a strainer and push the solids through. This is optional.

smooth katsu sauce

Optional but it makes all the difference.

finishing up katsu sauce

Add lime juice to taste. All this can be done a few hours before serving.

Dipping chicken in egg wash

Dust the chicken with the flour and then dip in the egg wash.

Coating chicken with bread crumbs

Coat with the bread crumbs. Any bread crumbs will do by I like panko. 

Frying breaded chicken

Fry until cooked through and golden brown.

 

chicken katsu curry

Dig in!

Yield: 4

Chicken Katsu Curry - Authentic Japanese Style

chicken katsu curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 1 large brown onion - finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic - roughly chopped
  • 1 x 2.5cm/1 inch ginger - roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot - skinned and grated
  • 2 tbsp plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 250ml (1 cup) chicken stock
  • 250ml (1 cup) think coconut milk
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt to taste if needed
  • FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 4 large chicken breasts - butterflied and shown in the photographs
  • 2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs - whisked
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs or other bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) finely chopped to garnish
  • Lime wedges to serve

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a wok or large saucepan until it begins to shimmer. Add the chopped onion and carrot and fry until the onion soft and translucent. This should take five to seven minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for another minute and then sprinkle in the flour, curry powder and turmeric.
  3. Stir well to combine and break down any flour lumps that form with your spoon.
  4. Now slowly add the chicken stock and the coconut milk, stir constantly as you do.
  5. Pour in the soy sauce and add the honey. I used two tablespoons of each but you should add to taste so you get the right salt and sweet ratio for you taste.
  6. Blend the sauce until creamy smooth. I usually then pass the blended sauce through a sieve to make it silky smooth. This additional step is optional
  7. Return the sauce to the pan and add lime juice to taste. All of this can be done a couple hours before serving if you wish.
  8. To prepare the chicken, combine the flour with the salt and pepper.
  9. Dredge each chicken breast in the flour mixture, followed with the egg wash and then the bread crumbs.
  10. Then heat about a litre (4 cups) rapeseed (canola) oil over medium heat until it reaches 180c (350f). If you don't have a thermometer, your oil is ready when it begins to shimmer and a small piece of chicken sizzles immediately when added to the oil.
  11. Fry each chicken steak individually for about 5 minutes or until crispy and brown. Transfer to paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
  12. To serve, heat the sauce up. Place some rice on four serving plates and top with the chicken followed by the sauce. Garnish with a little coriander and serve with lime wedges.

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chicken katsu curry served on a bed white rice and salad. Perfect dinner!

alimak

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Excellent! Far, far superior to the Vermont curry roux. I'll add some garam masala and a l'il dash of chili next time (I like 'em hot, which I realise this isn't meant to be, I'm just owning it!!)

Really enjoyed it; thank you so much from NZ!

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Good additions, I like mine a bit spicier too. Really glad you enjoyed it. Dan

Garth Sergeant

Thursday 19th of August 2021

Thank you so much! Really enjoy making and eating this recipe! Unfortunately have an onion intolerance so forced to use celery without too much impact on the overall flavour (or so I think!)

Dan Toombs

Friday 20th of August 2021

Great you could replace the onion with celery, I am very glad you enjoyed it. Thanks Dan

Andy

Thursday 6th of May 2021

Great recipe & a very good sauce. My son had Katsu chicken in a restaurant a while ago & always raves about how good it was so I figured I’d make it myself. I did tweak your recipe a little. I didn’t have standard curry powder but I had all the elements: Garam masala, cardamom, star anise & curry leaves. I also added a half teaspoon of Chinese five spice. My son approved!

Dan Toombs

Friday 7th of May 2021

Sounds perfect! Thanks Dan

Heather

Sunday 28th of March 2021

Love this recipe wow I’m trying to loose weight so cooked the chicken in the oven will make again amazing Some sauce left so froze it

Dan Toombs

Monday 29th of March 2021

That's great! Thanks Dan

Orla

Monday 8th of March 2021

Amazing recipe, just made it tonight and it was one of the best. Thank you for sharing!!

Dan Toombs

Monday 8th of March 2021

That's great. Thank you for letting me know. Dan

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