Delicious, homemade crispy chicken katsu

Helen

SCRUMMY LANE – You might know that chicken katsu is Japan’s answer to fried chicken, but did you know you could make it yourself in just a few simple steps? This version is easy, and very crispy. Who needs to order takeout when you can have this homemade katsu on the table in just 45 minutes.

But the first question is – what’s chicken katsu?

If ‘chicken katsu’ sounds unfamiliar to you, rest assured that it won’t taste that unfamiliar. If you want to be really simple about it (and I do) then I’d say chicken katsu is chicken coated in crispy breadcrumbs.

Have I caught your attention yet? Okay, another great question is – what is katsu sauce?
The sauce that you serve with this Japanese fried chicken recipe is a simple sauce made out of just four pantry ingredients – mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. It tastes kind of like a thick, sweet BBQ sauce!

The great thing is that there is nothing to cook. You just mix the four ingredients together.
If you prefer you can even just buy a bottle of katsu sauce. I usually make my own however as it isn’t always easy to find.

There are two main reasons why I think you should make this chicken katsu recipe above any other.

1. It’s a very simple version – ready in around 45 minutes.

2. The chicken is super crispy, thanks to a ‘secret’ tip.

Here is how you can make the crispy chicken katsu in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Make the katsu sauce. Whisk the four simple ingredients together. Prepare some rice.

Step 2: Coat thin slices of chicken breast in breadcrumbs, then coat them again.

Step 3: Pan fry the chicken, then slice it horizontally.

Step 4: Slice the chicken. Serve over rice and with katsu sauce drizzled over the top.

Tip: Slice the chicken breasts into two horizontally with a sharp knife. Then cut each thin piece of chicken into two width wise. This way you end up with small pieces of chicken that cook really quickly. Don’t be tempted to overcook the chicken! It only needs a few minutes on each side. You can also cook the chicken in an air fryer. Simply spray the breaded chicken lightly with oil, then ‘fry’ for around five minutes on each side. To enjoy the meal, first you slice the chicken and then drizzle the sauce over the top. You can also serve it with lettuce leaves or cabbage salad on the side.