Karaage Chicken is delicious Japanese fried chicken made from a tasty soy sauce, sake, ginger, and garlic marinade then coated in starch and fried super crispy!
Karaage is probably the most popular Japanese restaurant menu here in Australia and definitely one of my favourites. Karaage tastes great on its own and can also be added to other dishes like salads!
Karaage is super popular in Japan, as well as Australia. Apparently it has been eaten in Japan for about 300 years and there is even an Karaage association in Japan. I think my son would join this association, he loves karaage a lot. Unfortunately, there isn’t a karaage association in Australia so we can’t join it. Although many Australian people eat Karaage only at Japanese restaurants, it is not difficult to make at home by yourself. It is really easy and it does not require any special ingredients from Japanese or Asian grocery stores. All ingredients can be bought from any supermarket and you may even already have all the ingredients in your pantry or fridge.
All you need to make karaage is chicken, soy sauce, sake, ginger and garlic. You can use whatever part of the chicken you like but it is usually made with chicken thigh. Then you marinate the chicken in the soy sauce, sake, ginger and garlic mixture for 20 minutes, then coat with potato starch and then fry the chicken and it’s done and you have a delicious Japanese meal cooked! I usually use “Katakuriko” (potato starch) to coat because Katakuriko makes it crispier than plain flour. However, if you don’t have Katakuriko, you can coat the marinated chicken with flour instead
I hope you enjoy the recipe! Stay tuned for some more recipes on what other meals you can make with karaage!
- 500 g chicken thigh
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 2 tbs sake
- 1/2 tbs crushed garlic
- 1/2 tbs grated ginger
- 2 tbs chopped shallots
- Katakuriko potato starch or plain flour to coat
- Cooking oil for frying
- Cut the chicken thigh into bite sized pieces.
- Put the soy sauce, sake, garlic, ginger and shallots in a container and mix well.
- Add the chicken to the container and coat the chicken in the mixture then leave it in the fridge to marinate for 20 minutes.
- Coat the marinated chicken with katakuriko or plain flour and fry until golden brown.
- Serve with rice, salad leaves, and lemon.