Chicken Katsu Curry

If you liked Japaneasy then give this ago and you won’t be let down!!


• 100g flour, seasoned with lots of salt and pepper
• 1 free-range egg, beaten lightly
• 200g Japanese panko breadcrumbs
• 4 boneless chicken breasts
• 100ml groundnut or vegetable oil
• Steamed rice and salad to serve

For the curry sauce:
• 1 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
• 1 onion, peeled and chopped
• 5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
• 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
• 2 tbsp plain flour
• 1 tbsp medium curry powder
• 600ml chicken stock
• 2 tsp honey
• 1 tsp soy sauce
• 1/2 tsp garam masala


1. Curry sauce: Heat oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, then throw in the carrots and sweat slowly for 10 minutes with the lid on, giving the odd stir, until softened and starting to caramelise. Stir in the flour and curry powder and cook for a minute.
2. Slowly pour in the stock until combined (do this gradually to avoid getting lumps). Add the honey, soy sauce and bay leaf and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, so the sauce thickens but is still of pouring consistency. Add the garam masala, then pass the sauce through a sieve (unless you prefer a chunky sauce).
3. Chicken: Now prepare the chicken. Lay the seasoned flour, egg and breadcrumbs on separate plates. Coat the chicken in the flour, then dip into the egg and finally into the breadcrumbs.
4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the breaded chicken breasts for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and leave to drain on kitchen paper. Slice the chicken diagonally and serve with the sauce drizzled over, steamed rice and salad.

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