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air fryer chicken katsu

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Katsu

Air Fryer Chicken Katsu. Crispy panko breaded chicken that is delicious and tender made healthier in the air fryer. A great meat entrée for dinner or lunch with katsu sauce, rice and your favourite veggies. Ready in under 35 minutes if you own a large air fryer. It only requires 7 ingredients, most of which you may already have.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Japanese, korean
Servings 2 large pieces
Calories 839 kcal


  • 2 large chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs Japanese style breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp avocado oil to brush or spray over chicken


  • Butterfly your chicken breasts or thighs. Using the back of your knife, tenderize the meat until both pieces are flattened, about ½ of an inch thick. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and black pepper.
  • Then generously coat each piece in cornstarch, whisked egg and panko. Make sure each piece is coated well.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, place one or both pieces of the chicken in the air fryer so it lays in one single layer. Do not over crowd the air fryer and ensure there is enough air space surrounding the chicken or it will not be crispy.
  • Spray or brush enough oil over top of each piece, about 1 tbsp of oil per side.
  • Air fry at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes on one side. Important: If the chicken is smaller in size (about 6 x 3 inches in dimension) only air fry for 6-7 minutes on each side.
  • Remove basket from air fryer. Flip the chicken over and spray another tablespoon over top per piece. Air fry at same temperature degrees for another 9 minutes or 6-7 minutes if the pieces are smaller. Enjoy! To learn how to make homemade katsu sauce, see notes below.


Homemade Katsu Sauce:
• 1 Tbsp ketchup
• 2½ tsp Vegan Worcestershire sauce
• 1½ tsp oyster sauce
• 1⅛ tsp sugar
Whisk in a small bowl and serve!
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Suggested Equipment & Products

Air Fryer
Measuring Set
Santoku Knife
Cutting Board
Mixing bowl
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Calories: 839kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 1765mg | Potassium: 978mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg