This Is the Chicken Katsu Recipe That People Can’t Stop Making

It's the crispy fried chicken of your dreams.

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The US is known for its fried chicken recipes, but the rest of the world makes some incredible fried chicken, too. Japan’s chicken katsu, for instance, is so crispy you can hear its coating crack apart! Katsu is a type of Japanese comfort food that’s usually made with chicken or pork (tonkatsu). If you’ve never made chicken katsu at home before, you’re in luck—we found a super-easy katsu recipe with help from FoodTok.

Chicken Katsu Recipe

TikTok user @tiffoodss posted a simple chicken katsu recipe that can be made in minutes. This is a must-try the next time you’re craving fried chicken!

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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Panko bread crumbs

Editor’s Tip: There’s a difference between panko and regular bread crumbs. It’s important to use panko here for maximum crispiness.

Directions

  • Place a chicken thigh between two pieces of plastic wrap. Flatten with a meat tenderizer.
  • Season both sides of the thigh with salt and pepper.
  • Mix the egg, cup flour and water in a small bowl.
  • Dip chicken in the mixture to coat on both sides. Then, coat in panko.
  • Fry the chicken thigh in a shallow pan over medium heat until it’s golden brown and crispy. Use enough oil so the chicken is halfway submerged.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board and cut into strips.

How to Serve Chicken Katsu

Chicken katsu is usually served atop a heaping bowl of steamed sushi rice and drizzled with tonkatsu sauce. You can easily make homemade tonkatsu with 1 tablespoon ketchup, 2-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce or stir-fry sauce and 1/8 teaspoon sugar. Don’t forget to toss in some finely chopped cabbage. If desired, you can also top the bowl with Japanese curry.

Ready for more Japanese food? Look through our collection of Japanese recipes to find everything from sheet pan ramen to tsukemen.

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Sarra Sedghi
Sarra Sedghi is a Birmingham-based writer and editor specializing in food, travel, and history. Her work has appeared in Allrecipes, Atlas Obscura, Eater, MyRecipes, Polygon, and Tasting Table. She excels at narrative writing, and received her MFA in Narrative Nonfiction from the University of Georgia in 2017.