Chicken Katsu


For the Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Tonkatsu Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Preparing the Tonkatsu Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Set this sauce aside for later use.

Preparing the Chicken Katsu:

  1. Start by pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness (about 1/2 inch) using a meat mallet. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper on both sides.
  3. Set up a breading station: Place the flour in one shallow dish, beat the eggs in another dish, and put the Panko breadcrumbs in a third dish.
  4. Take a chicken breast and dredge it in the flour, making sure it’s evenly coated and shaking off any excess.
  5. Dip the floured chicken breast into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
  6. Finally, coat the chicken breast with the Panko breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the chicken to adhere. Make sure it’s thoroughly coated.
  7. Repeat this process with the remaining chicken breasts.
  8. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or large frying pan over medium-high heat. You’ll need enough oil to submerge the chicken partially.
  9. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of Panko breadcrumb into the oil. If it sizzles and turns golden brown, the oil is ready.
  10. Carefully add the breaded chicken breasts to the hot oil. Fry for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and the chicken is cooked through (the internal temperature should reach 165°F or 74°C).
  11. Remove the chicken katsu from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Serving Chicken Katsu:

  1. Slice the fried chicken katsu into strips or serve them whole. Serve with Tonkatsu sauce for dipping.
  2. Chicken Katsu is traditionally served with shredded cabbage as a side. You can also serve it with rice or as a sandwich.

Enjoy your homemade Chicken Katsu with the delicious Tonkatsu sauce!