Japanese Curry Chicken: A Comforting, Flavorful Feast


Immerse yourself in the rich, comforting flavors of Japanese Curry Chicken, a beloved dish in Japan known for its hearty and aromatic curry sauce. This recipe combines tender chicken pieces, a medley of vegetables, and a mild yet deeply flavored curry sauce, creating a satisfying and warming meal perfect for any occasion.

Japanese Curry Chicken: A Comforting, Flavorful Feast

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 cups

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugars: 6g


  • Chicken thighs, cut into chunks: 800g (1.76 lbs / 28 oz)
  • Carrots, sliced: 200g (7 oz)
  • Potatoes, cubed: 300g (10.6 oz)
  • Onion, chopped: 150g (5.3 oz)
  • Garlic, minced: 10g (0.35 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 1 liter (34 oz)
  • Japanese curry roux blocks: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Vegetable oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Sauté Vegetables: In a large pot, heat oil and sauté onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes for 5 minutes.
  • Cook Chicken: Add chicken pieces, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned.
  • Add Broth and Simmer: Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add Curry Roux: Stir in Japanese curry roux blocks until dissolved and the sauce thickens.
  • Simmer: Cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Curry Roux Blocks: These are essential for an authentic flavor and can be found in Asian grocery stores or online.
  • Vegetable Choices: Feel free to add or substitute vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms.
  • Simmering Time: Allow enough time for the flavors to meld and the vegetables to become tender.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this curry spicier?

Yes, you can add chili powder or use a spicier variety of curry roux.

What can I serve with Japanese Curry Chicken?

It's traditionally served with steamed rice or over udon noodles.

Can I use chicken breast instead of thighs?

Yes, though thighs provide more flavor and tenderness.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and gently reheat on the stove or microwave.