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Thursday 24 October 2013

Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

I guess those of us who cook for the family, we are constantly in a dilemma what to prepare and cook for the family. Well, for me if I cook the same old boring food frequently, I might get bore of it too, not to say my family members and of course I wouldn't want to hear from my members saying "oh no, not this again!".  For me here at home, I had fish almost everyday..... and sometimes even when I try various way to cook the fish, I still get bored of eating fish sometimes.  

Have you heard the news lately?  The normal meaty Chicken, the chicken seller dye the chicken into yellowish colour and sell it to consumers saying that the chicken is the "Kampung Chicken" (free range chicken).  Sometimes, I just can't believe this kind of thing they also want to cheat the consumers.   Nowadays, I really don't know what food is healthy to eat.

I'm sure almost everyone loves fried chicken right?  Why not give this a try, Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) a change from the normal usual fried chicken.

Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)
(recipe source and adapted from
Sonia from NasiLemakLover with slight change

 3 boneless chicken thighs (with skin on), cut into small equal bite size pieces

1 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
2 tsp Mirin (I used Sake) 
1/4tsp salt or to taste
1tsp grated ginger
1tsp grated shallot

For deep frying
5 tbsp potato flour 风车粉
3 tbsp self raising flour
3 tbsp iced cold water
Oil for deep frying

Garnishing- Japanese mayonnaise, tomato wedges, cabbage thinly shredded (soak in iced cold water for crispiness)

1. Marinate chicken with all seasonings, keep inside the fridge for 1 hr.
2. Add in potato flour, self raising flour and iced cold water, mix well.
3. Heat oil in a wok over medium high heat (to test oil readiness for deep frying is by putting 
    chopstick in the oil and when you see bubbles around the tip).
4. Deep fry the chicken pieces in few small batches, fry for about 2mins. Drain on a wire rack.
5. Continue to deep fry till finished. Return the fried chicken to the hot oil and deep fry again.
6. Serve the fried chicken with shredded cabbage and tomato, and drizzle with Japanese 

Oishii !!


  1. Oishii!!!! These chicken karaage look very tempting and nice shots as well! Well done, Mel :)

  2. Phoa Phoa Phoa! Look what's for dinner!! I'm self inviting... How to resist your plate of golden fried chicken? *rubbing hands gleefully*

  3. what a coincidence, i had chicken karaage for lunch today! but i'm still lusting after yours despite just having some, haha! i've tried making chicken karaage from scratch once, but it wasn't very tasty. the second time i made using ready made karaage flour, but it wasn't good either.. maybe it's just me.. i'm terrible at deep-frying, haha! ^^

  4. I can finish the whole plate of fried chicken all by myself.... Yum's the word!

  5. We love karaage! It looks so delicious!! We had karaage over the weekend too. Best way to eat chicken. :)

  6. Mel, this is something i look forwards to at the Japanese restaurant as it is so flavourful, Must try it at home!

  7. Mel, I would love to get my hands on your delicious fried chicken! They look just perfect and I am sure your family member must be very happy. BTW I love your first picture, very beautiful indeed, great shot.

  8. Yes, the story about chicken coloring is disappointing, wonder where their conscience went :( Hey, your fried chicken looks delicious and the clicks for this post is really lovely!

  9. Beautiful chicken dish! Looks so mouth-watering!

  10. these look amazing!! i'm also currently trying out some Japanese dishes myself!

  11. Oishii ! I like to prepare this for my son's bento too. Thanks for your shout out Mel.

  12. I must commend you on your photos...looks so pro and very nice styling too. I can't resist fried chicken, especially with skin on! :)

  13. oh, i am not aware of the chicken coloring...haaiz...people, people ...

    your chicken karaage looks perfect to me..cannot resist fried chicken!