What is Katsu?
In Japanese cuisine, Katsu is basically a simple dish of breaded and fried cutlets. The most popular katsu is tonkatsu, or Japanese fried pork cutlet. For people who prefer chicken, there is chicken katsu or Japanese fried chicken cutlet. Katsu is served with Tonkatsu sauce or katsu sauce, which pairs perfectly well with the fried meat.
How To Make Chicken Katsu
Chicken Katsu is basically fried chicken cutlet coated with crispy Japanese panko (bread crumbs). The chicken is very crispy with a nice crunch, and it’s served with a tonkatsu or katsu dipping sauce. Here are my tips and techniques to make the best and crispiest chicken katsu:
- Dip the chicken cutlet with beaten eggs
- Roll the chicken cutlet with Japanese panko (bread crumbs)
- Repeat the steps above by dipping the chicken cutlet with the beaten eggs and then panko again to make the chicken katsu extra crispy
Please take note that I skip the flour coating in traditional recipe because it tends to separate the chicken from the crust, which I don’t like. If you prefer to coat it with flour, then start off with the flour coating first before the steps above.
Katsu sauce or Tonkatsu sauce is basically Japanese-style BBQ sauce for fried meats. Katsu sauce can be purchased at Japanese or Asian stores, but you can always make homemade tonkatsu or katsu sauce. It’s mainly consisted of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.
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