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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 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories per serving 401 kcal


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cubed (feel free to use skin-on thighs)
  • 2 cups Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Potato Starch or cornstarch
  • 1 lemon highly recommended, to spritz over fried chicken before eating



  • Dice chicken thighs into bite size pieces. If you have skin on thighs, leave the skin on. Transfer cubed chicken to a bowl.
  • Add marinade ingredients to diced chicken and massage into meat until well combined.
  • Pour potato starch into another bowl. Dredge a few pieces of your marinated chicken into the starch until well coated. Repeat this process until all pieces are coated.
  • In a pot or deep pan over medium high heat (350 F) add vegetable oil. Check if oil is hot enough using a cooking thermometer or place a wooden chopstick into the oil and look for bubbles.
  • Carefully add one-third of your batch of chicken into oil. Spreading the pieces apart. Do not overcrowd. Fry on each side until golden crispy brown, about 3-4 minutes in total. Transfer cooked pieces to a wired rack to allow excess oil to drip off. Repeat step for remaining batches.
  • Enjoy with a spritz of fresh lemon juice over top for best taste!


For a simple delicious dipping sauce, mix the following ingredients together:
  • 3 tbsp Japanese mayo
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk
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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
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Japanese
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