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Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Deep-frying Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) Recipe

Traditionally, potato starch (flour) is used for a crispy batter, but you may substitute with corn starch (flour), as well as a mixture of half plain flour with half potato/corn starch.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams boneless chicken thigh cut to uniform, bite-sized pieces
  • 80 grams potato starch (flour) sifted; use more if needed
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 lemon wedge

(A) Marinade

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sake may substitute with white wine or rice wine
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger juice grate some ginger and squeeze the pulp
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder

Directions:

  1. Mix chicken pieces with marinade (A) for 30 minutes.
  2. Coat marinaded chicken pieces in sifted potato starch.
  3. Heat oil in wok or pan (180°C/356°F), test the temperature with a piece of batter (it should bubble right away gently when added to oil). Deep fry in batches, until evenly golden brown. Tip: For extra crispiness and dryness, turn up the heat during the last 30-60 seconds of deep-frying.
  4. Drained fried chicken on wire rack or kitchen paper towels before transferring to serving plate. Serve with a lemon wedge.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. Traditionally, potato starch (flour) is used for a crispy batter, but you may substitute with corn starch (flour), as well as a mixture of half plain flour with half potato/corn starch.
  2. For extra crispiness and dryness (leftovers reheat better), turn up the heat during the last 30-60 seconds of deep-frying.
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14 comments on “Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)”

  1. Wiffy, I love fried chicken and this is one of must order when I go for Japanese food.

  2. My family loves chicken karaage too and thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  3. Yummy…but please tell me there is an easier alternative to deep-frying :P

  4. Oh yummy! It looks so crispy and I so love it.

  5. Wah, need to deep-fry ah??? It’s “forget it” for me lah! :( 只有流口水的份

    • yeah man. fellow anti deep fryer…(fear of deep frying, rather than anti eating)

      noted above comment that can use oven…will definitely try. loves karaage.

  6. Oh my! This is my favourite!

  7. It is indeed simple and satisfying! I don’t usually deep fry food at home so I’d just leave it for when I eat out :D

  8. looks delicious!

  9. Hi Wiffy,

    Can i omit sake/white wine? Because I want to cook it for my kids

    Thanks :)

  10. Do i fry together with the mince garlic bits or remove the garlic bits?

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