Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry Recipe: Tasty and Easy

I’m head over heels for curry—it’s a flavorful symphony! While in Japan, I was thrilled to discover that this country also boasts its own unique take on curry.

The Japanese curry is quite different from the Indian curry I had in the UK. Japanese curry style is milder and sweeter, while Indian curry boasts bold, complex flavors.

The Japanese curry dishes can be combined with different ingredients, from hearty chunks of beef or tender pieces of chicken or pork to an array of vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and onions.

Homemade chicken katsu curry
Homemade chicken curry rice

I got myself a bowl of Chicken Katsu Curry. Japanese chicken katsu is simply a breaded and deep-fried chicken cutlet, just like the Tonkatsu I showed you before. The combination of the crispy exterior of the chicken katsu and the savory sweetness of the curry sauce is simply heavenly. The textures, the flavors, everything leaves me craving more. And I can’t wait to tell you how to make this Japanese Chicken Curry.

Like the Tonkatsu I used to make, I made the baked Chicken Katsu instead of frying them. This is how to make Chicken Katsu Curry – one of the best Japanese curry types:

Homemade chicken katsu curry

Chicken Katsu Curry

A beloved Japanese dish that perfectly combines crispy and tender fried chicken cutlets with a rich and flavorful curry sauce.
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

for the chicken katsu

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs

for the curry sauce

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 potatoes diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder Japanese curry roux blocks can also be used for a more authentic flavor
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey or sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge each chicken breast in flour, dip into the beaten eggs, and then coat with Panko breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the chicken to adhere.
  • Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  • While the chicken is baking, prepare the curry sauce. In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, sauté until softened.
  • Add the curry powder or Japanese curry roux blocks and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant (or dissolve). Add the diced carrots and potatoes to the pan, stirring to coat with the curry mixture.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, soy sauce, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
    Japanese curry rice recipe
  • If the curry sauce is too thick for your liking, you can add a bit more broth or water, a few tablespoons at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
    If the sauce is too thin, you can let it simmer uncovered for a bit longer to allow it to reduce and thicken. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally. If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can mix 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a small amount of water to make a slurry. Stir this into the simmering curry sauce and allow it to thicken.
  • Season the curry sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Once the chicken is done baking, slice it into strips and serve over rice with the curry sauce on the side.
    Recipe for Chicken katsu curry rice
Keyword curry, healthy, homemade, japanese

From this Chicken Katsu Curry recipe, you can tweak this dish to suit your taste. Here are some ideas:

– Add some heat to your curry sauce with extra chili or a dash of hot sauce. You can also sprinkle red pepper flakes on the katsu for an extra kick.

– If you want a vegan Japanese curry, replace the chicken with tofu or a variety of vegetables like sweet potato or eggplant.

Japanese Chicken katsu curry recipe
Japanese katsu curry rice

– Top your chicken curry katsudon with pickled vegetables like radishes or cucumbers. The acidity adds a refreshing contrast to the rich curry.

– You can replace chicken with pork cutlets to make Tonkatsu Curry.

Johanna Cleveland
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