Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry

Chicken Katsu Curry
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Chicken Katsu curry is one of our most frequently cooked Japanese dishes! Deliciously sweet sauce coating a crispy breaded chicken served on a bed of rice and a side of cucumber salad is all we need to get out tastebuds dancing! An easy, but equally indulgent meal that can easily be made vegetarian by substituting chicken with tofu or some vegetables!

We have a 25-year plan for travelling, which has now become a 27-year plan with the global pandemic happening. Japan was meant to be a trip of 2022 and one of the aspects I am extremely excited about with regards to travelling in the country of a rising sun is Japanese food. As much as we love sushi, Japanese food is so much more than that! We love yakitori, ramens, gyozas and other Japanese staples, as well as more modern souffle pancakes and souffle cheesecake (that I am yet to master).

Chicken Katsu Curry

One of the simplest Japanese dishes to make, requiring no special skill or equipment is Katsu curry. It has elements of Southern fried chicken, Indian curry and well… you may be surprised to know that Chicken Katsu curry was actually introduced to the Japanese by the British in the 19th century.

Today we are sharing our recipe for a Chicken Katsu Curry, but you can very easily adjust it to what you have in your kitchen. Here are all the ingredients we use on the Katsu Curry sauce in this recipe and our recommendations for substitutes:

  • brown onion, finely chopped: use white onions or shallots if you have them handy. It will not affect the end result.
  • carrot: use butternut squash or an orange-fleshed sweet potato if you like.
  • ginger: can be substituted with a shop bought ginger paste for convenience.
  • vegetable oil or any other odourless oil like sunflower or rapeseed oil.
  • medium curry powder: you can buy spice blends specifically mixed for use in Katsu curry, like this one here. Or, if you don’t like things hot, use a mild curry powder.
  • soy sauce: tamari or coconut aminos are good substitutes.
  • mango chutney: is one of the signature flavours in Katsu curry, so I wouldn’t recommend replacing it with anything else.

If you are vegetarian, you can substitute the chicken breast with firm pressed tofu or simply thinly sliced par-boiled vegetables, like sweet potato, aubergine and cauliflower.

How Do We Make Our Version of Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry?

Gather all your ingredients together. Top and tail and finely grate the carrot. Finely chop the onion. Grate or finely chop the ginger.

Cook the rice following instructions on a packet.

Crack an egg into a shallow bowl and whisk lightly. Add 2 tbsp of flour to a large plate, then add the breadcrumbs to another plate. Season breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.

Cut the chicken breast in half lengthways so you have two thin slices of chicken.

Coat the chicken pieces in flour, then roll them in the egg and finally roll in the breadcrumbs pressing firmly to cover all over.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan with 2 tbsp of vegetable oil. Add the chicken breast pieces and cook for 6-7 min on each side. They should brown and crisp up and fully cook through.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Add the finely grated carrot, ginger and onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 min. Add the curry powder and cook for another minute.

Add 1 tbsp of flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring. Reduce the heat to low and add 300ml of boiling water. Tip in soy sayce and mango chutney. Stir and leave to gently bubble for 5-8 minutes until the sauce thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

In the meantime, thinly slice your cucumber. Toss the cucumber with rice vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds.

Slice the chicken into strips. Spoon the katsu sauce into a wide shallow bowl, spoon the rice and cucumber salad on top and place the sliced chicken breast next to them.

Chicken Katsu Curry

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Chicken Katsu Curry

Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry

Chicken Katsu curry is one of our most frequently cooked Japanese dishes! Deliciously sweet sauce coating a crispy breaded cricken served on a bed of rice and a side of cucumber salad is all we need to get out tastebuds dancing! An easy, but equally indulgent meal that can easily be made vegetarian by substituting chicken with tofu or some vegetables!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 portions
Calories 635 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 130 g rice
  • 1/2 small brown onion finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely grated
  • 15 g ginger finely chopped/ grated
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 40 g breadcrumbs
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder we used medium
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 40 g mango chutney

For Cucumber Salad:

  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice following instructions on a packet.
  • Crack an egg into a shallow bowl and whick lightly. Add 2 tbsp of flour to a large plate, then add the breadcrumbs to another plate. Season breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the chicken in half lengthways so you have two thin slices of chicken.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in flour, then roll them in the egg and finaly roll in the breadcrumbs pressing firmly to cover all over.
  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan with 2 tbsp of vegetable oil. Add the chicken breast pieces and cook for 6-7 min on each side. They should brown and crisp up and fully cook through.
  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Add the finely grated carrot, ginger and onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 min. Add the curry powder and cook for another minute.
  • Add 1 tbsp of flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring. Reduce the heat to low and add 300ml of boiling water. Tip in soy sayce and mango chutney. Stir and leave to cook for 5-8 minutes until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In the meantime, thinly slice your cucumber into rounds. Toss with rice vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
  • Slice the chicken into strips. Spoon the katsu sauce into a wide shallow bowl, spoon the rice and cucumber salad on top and place the sliced chicken breast next to them.

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 39gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 1350mgPotassium: 916mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 5314IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 5mg
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2 Replies to “Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry”

  1. Saying Katsu kare is simple means you haven’t either tried the authentic dish in Japan or you haven’t understood the dish. Maybe it’s simple after you have actually mastered it, which, clearly, is not the case. I lived in Japan, spent time with Japanese families in their homes, and katsu kare is my favorite dish in Japanese cuisine. I used to have this dish once a week in different restaurants. This recipe is ok for a katsu kare inspired dish, any other claim will be misleading. The rice is an extra chapter. It also looks simple but, again, either you have mastered it or you have no clue. The Japanese are extremely polite and will have a hard time telling you your dish isn’t good. They’ll appreciate your effort and will avoid giving negative feedback. You have to “read the air” as they say.
    Cheers

    1. Hi Jose. Thanks for the feedback! I hope to go to Japan one day and try the authentic Katsu Kare. But for now, I am trying to create this Japanese dish at home (far away from Japan), making it simple and easy enough for a weekday dinner 🙂

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