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Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage)

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

Japanese fried chicken or chicken karaage is one of my favorite ways to eat fried chicken. Its tender in the inside and each crispy bite is filled with a teriyaki/ginger flavor that I love.

I've experimented making chicken karaage using both boneless skinless chicken and boneless skin-on chicken. Since I am going for the extra crispy bite, I prefer to use the boneless skin-on chicken thighs. Remember that when making this dish, there are so many different variations of chicken karaage. Make this dish to your preference or liking.

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EASY Japanese Fried Chicken Recipe, Crispy Chicken Karaage// Simple, Perfect for Family Gatherings

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First, cut boneless chicken thighs into bite size pieces. In this picture, I am using about 2.5-3 lb of chicken.

Gather marinade ingredients together.


1 T. ginger (grated)

3 cloves garlic (Minced)

1 C. Sake (We used a mirin sake so it's a little sweeter. If you don't have that available, you could always add in regular cooking sake and 1/4 C-1/2 C. sugar, depending on how sweet you want it.)

2-3 tsp pepper

Mix all the ingredients together with the raw chicken and let it marinate in the refrigerator for approximately 30-45 minutes.

After the chicken is marinated, heat oil in the frying pan. The ideal temperature to fry chicken is approximately 350 degrees.

Coat chicken first in flour and then in potato starch

Fry chicken pieces for approximately 8-10 minutes. Sometimes when frying, it helps to use a frying screen so the oil doesn't splatter.

This is the one I use when frying chicken:

And you're done!

Serve chicken karaage with lemon and Japanese mayonnaise.

Ingredients that we used in the video:

3 lb boneless, skin on chicken thighs (Not the one that we purchased, but we also like this brand of chicken)


1 T. ginger (grated)

3 cloves garlic (Minced)

1 C. Sake (we used a mirin sake)

2-3 tsp pepper Vegetable oil for frying

Coat in flour and potato starch (not the one that we used but a good brand) before frying.

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