How to Make Easy Chicken Katsu

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What could be better than fried chicken? Please say we’re not the only ones who gravitate toward any recipe with a breadcrumb coating, deep fried. We just can’t get enough. With tonkatsu, the chicken stays perfectly juicy, with the typical crunch of the skin when cut, and once the tonkatsu sauce is drizzled on top, everything reaches its peak of perfection. It has a delightful balance of sweet and tart, and with the perfect crunch of the crumb, we’re in heaven every time we make this. Even if deep frying isn’t your thing, you can make chicken cutlets, just check out our air fryer and baking instructions and choose what’s best for you!

Chicken Katsu is not an authentic Japanese recipe, but the typical American version of a Japanese-American takeout restaurant. Stay At Home Chef uses ingredients that are readily available to most people in the US and Canada, making it easy for anyone to sample world cuisine, even if they have limited travel opportunities or limited access to local ingredients.

Chicken Options for Fried Chicken:

We love using chicken breasts in this recipe, especially since we always seem to have them in the fridge! However, if you’re a dark meat lover, give this chicken thighs recipe a try.

Pound chicken to lose weight:

Pounding the chicken is an essential step. This ensures that it will cook evenly and that you won’t overcook or undercook the chicken.

Painting skills:

Make sure not to skimp on your flour, eggs, panko coating. The more you coat the chicken, the crispier it will fry!

Can I use store bought katsu sauce?

While you’ve probably always bought bottled katsu paste at the grocery store, we highly recommend making it from scratch. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes so much better than bottled.

Service suggestion:

We like to serve it with white or brown rice and miso soup.

Air Fryer Instructions:

Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken pieces in the basket of the preheated air fryer. Spray the top with nonstick cooking spray. Air fry for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over with a spatula and spray the top with nonstick cooking spray. Cook for another 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board to slice. Serve with katsu sauce.

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the chicken with oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.