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fried chicken in bowl lined with parchment paper

Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage)

The most amazing Japanese Fried Chicken recipe you’ll ever taste, ever! This Chicken Karaage is fried to perfection to leave you a crispy juicy result. All done in less than 30 mintues!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine International, Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 263kcal


  • 1 Lb. Boneless/skinless breasts Thighs will work as well.
  • 3 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Sherry
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tsp. Ground ginger
  • Oil for deep frying Peanut oil or vegetable oil will work
  • 4 Tbsp. All-purpose flour
  • cup Cornstarch


  • Cut the chicken in bite size. Clean. Pat dry then transfer the chicken to a bowl. Set aside.
    Mix together the sherry, soy sauce, garlic and ginger in a small bowl. Mix well.
    Pour the liquid mixture over the chicken. Coat well. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate and let marinate for 30 minutes.
    chicken topped with ginger and seasoning.
  • When you are ready to deep fry the chicken. Heat the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep heavy saucepan or deep fryer.
    In a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch and flour. Mix well. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Coat chicken in the corn starch mixture and shake off excess.
    Deep fry in small batches for 4-6 minutes or until golden and no longer pink in the center. Do not crowd the pan.
    chicken pieces in frying basket
  • Remove the chicken once cooked and place on paper toweled plate.
    Repeat the steps as necessary.
    Serve warm with choice of side. Enjoy!
    Finished fried chicken in basket



Normally, Sake is usually used. However, you can replace the sake with sherry.
It's best to use a timer to assure that the chicken is cooked evenly as you work in batches. 
This post was originally posted on June 2020, it has been updated with new pictures and video. 


Serving: 4People | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 316mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 7mg