Crispy Chicken Katsu: A Crunchy Japanese Favorite


Indulge in the delightful crunch of Crispy Chicken Katsu, a beloved Japanese dish. This simple yet satisfying meal features tender chicken breasts coated in a golden, crispy breadcrumb crust, served with a tangy katsu sauce. It's a perfect fusion of textures and flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to the streets of Tokyo.

Crispy Chicken Katsu: A Crunchy Japanese Favorite

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 2g


  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless: 4 (about 800g / 1.76 lbs total)
  • All-purpose flour: 50g (1.8 oz)
  • Eggs, beaten: 2
  • Panko breadcrumbs: 150g (5.3 oz)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Prepare Chicken: Flatten the chicken breasts to an even thickness. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Coating Station: Create a coating station with flour, beaten eggs, and panko breadcrumbs in separate shallow dishes.
  • Coat the Chicken: Dredge each chicken breast in flour, dip in egg, and then coat with panko breadcrumbs.
  • Fry: Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Even Thickness: Pounding the chicken to an even thickness ensures uniform cooking.
  • Crispy Coating: Press the panko breadcrumbs onto the chicken firmly to achieve a crispy crust.
  • Oil Temperature: Make sure the oil is hot enough for frying to prevent the breadcrumbs from absorbing too much oil.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is katsu sauce and where can I find it?

Katsu sauce is a thick, sweet, and tangy sauce available in most Asian grocery stores or online.

Can I bake Chicken Katsu instead of frying?

Yes, you can bake it at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, though it may not be as crispy as fried.

What can I serve with Chicken Katsu?

It's typically served with steamed rice, shredded cabbage, or a simple salad.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven for best results.