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:
- 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:
- Start by pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness (about 1/2 inch) using a meat mallet. This ensures even cooking.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper on both sides.
- 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.
- Take a chicken breast and dredge it in the flour, making sure it’s evenly coated and shaking off any excess.
- Dip the floured chicken breast into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
- Finally, coat the chicken breast with the Panko breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the chicken to adhere. Make sure it’s thoroughly coated.
- Repeat this process with the remaining chicken breasts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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:
- Slice the fried chicken katsu into strips or serve them whole. Serve with Tonkatsu sauce for dipping.
- 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!