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Easy Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken). Deliciously ultra crispy chicken that is tender, juicy and flavourful thanks to the marinade. A dish that is easy to make as an appetizer, side or main.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories per serving 401 kcal


  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs feel free to use skin-on thighs too for even better results!
  • 2 cups Vegetable oil or any neutral oil
  • 1 cup Potato Starch or cornstarch/rice flour or tapioca starch
  • 1 lemon to serve with (highly recommended!)



  • Dice chicken thighs into bite size pieces, about 1.5-inch pieces. If you have skin on thighs, leave the skin on. Transfer cubed chicken to a large bowl.
  • To your large bowl of diced chicken, add Marinade ingredients as listed. Massage marinade into meat until well combined. Tip: For best results, you may let this marinate for 15 minutes.
  • Into another large mixing bowl, add potato starch. Dredge a few pieces of marinated chicken into the starch until well coated. Repeat this process until all pieces are coated. Transfer the coated chicken to a large plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • In a deep frying pan (or wok) on medium high heat, add vegetable oil or any neutral frying oil. Oil temperature should be around 350 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. To check if oil is hot enough using digital instant read thermometer or place a wooden chopstick into the oil and look for bubbles.
  • Fry your chicken in a few small batches. Spreading the pieces apart. Fry on chicken each side until golden crispy brown, about 3-4 minutes total cooking time. Note: Chicken can be safely consumed at an internal temperature of 165 F or until juices run clear.
  • Transfer fried chicken to a wire rack or a large plate with paper towels to allow excess oil drip off or get absorbed. Repeat step for remaining batches.
  • Serve and enjoy with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice!



This dish is best consumed same day for a crispy texture. However, it can last up to 4 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, air fry or bake at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes until warm.
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Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg