Chicken Karaage – crispy Japanese sesame fried chicken, the best chicken karaage recipe that is better than Japanese restaurants.
Originally published in Oct 23, 2008. Updated with new photos.
I am sure many of you love Japanese chicken karaage, or commonly known as sesame fried chicken at Japanese restaurants in the US. Chicken karaage is one of my favorites Japanese dishes; imagine marinated chicken deep-fried to crispy and crunchy goodness. They are so addictive.
My chicken karaage recipe calls for really simple ingredients but the end result rivals the best Japanese restaurants. The chicken is marinated with sake (Japanese cooking wine), ginger juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and coated in cornstarch before frying. It’s that simple.
You can marinate the chicken for as little as 10 minutes but it’s best to marinate for 2 hours. For serving, use mayonnaise and a slice of lemon, but chicken karaage is delicious as is. Enjoy!