Chicken Karaage Recipe (Japanese Fried Chicken)

October 6, 2019Van
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Prep time: 2 hours

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

You hear a lot about Korean Fried Chicken nowadays…but my favorite fried treat from overseas is Kaarage – Japanese Fried Chicken. It’s SO good in fact that I’ve enjoyed it in numerous forms— and it always satisfies. I’ve had it all over Tokyo, and every SoCal Japanese restaurant and even love the refrigerated version from Mitsuwa (my local Japanese market). This is magical fried chicken. The marinade is a sure fire way to make that chicken sitting in your fridge sing.

I’ve spent years sampling the best of kaarage , and finally cracked the code to make the ultimate version at home. It’s a meal my entire family begs for—including my five year old who dunks each piece in Kewpie Mayo until it’s covered! A great way to feed your loved ones and hear no complaints. EVER.

Without further ado I give you my favorite Chicken Kaarage recipe. Serve this with Japanese potato salad for the perfect trip to Tokyo without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Chicken Karaage Recipe - Japanese Fried Chicken

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Chicken Karaage Recipe (Japanese Fried Chicken)

  • Prep time: 2 hours
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 4


  • 1½ lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • ½ Teaspoon Fresh Ginger, grated with a microplane
  • 1 Garlic Clove, grated with a microplane
  • ¼ Cup Japanese Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sake
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Potato Starch, or (¾ Potato Starch + ¼ Cake Flour for a crispier texture)
  • Frying Oil, Rice Bran Oil is preferred


  • 1)

    Mix ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sake & ground black pepper in a bowl. Cut up the chicken thighs into bite size pieces & mix into the marinade. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • 2)

    When you’re ready to fry, whisk one egg very well and mix into the marinated chicken. Place 1 Cup of Potato Starch into a large bowl and coat each piece well. Place the chicken pieces onto parchment paper to rest while the oil heats up.

  • 3)

    Heat your oil to 360°F (use a deep fry thermometer to monitor the temperature) – fry in 3-4 batches so the temperature doesn’t drop too much. Let the temp get back up to 360°F before frying the next batch. Fry until golden brown and drain on a metal rack. Serve with lemon wedges and Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Enjoy!

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