Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chicken Katsu and Katsu Sauce

Chicken Katsu is often found on most Japanese, Hawaiian and Korean restaurant menus. These delectable deep fried chicken pieces with a side of dipping sauce can fulfill a good meal and is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. We love chicken Katsu served on a bed of cabbage slices and placed next to a scoop of rice and Macaroni salad.

Chicken Katsu

5 lbs of chicken thighs (deboned)

2 eggs (beaten)

Panko bread crumbs

or substitute with

corn flake crumbs
oil (for deep frying)

Katsu Sauce
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of shoyu or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper (ground)

Procedure for Chicken

1. Make sure that the chicken thighs are de-boned. If needed, cut off any excess fat.
Lightly pound to 1/2 inch thickness

2. Dip, not soak, the chicken into the egg batter.

3. Lay the chicken in the Panko or cornflake crumbs and be sure to coat them.

4. Get your wok or a large skillet heated with the cooking oil. Once the oil is hot and sizzling, slowly drop the chicken pieces into the pan. Use the sides of the pan to drop the pieces; this is to avoid any oil splattering.

5. Remove chicken pieces from the pan once they are golden brown in color. You can also check if the chicken is well cooked by piercing and opening a slit.

6. Cut into slices and serve on a bed of lettuce or cabbage.

Procedure for Sauce

1. Pour the ingredients needed to make the sauce into a pot.

2. Mix together and bring the mixture to a boil.
Serve on side as a dip for chicken or lightly spooned over chicken.