Chicken Karaage (Sesame Fried Chicken)

Chicken Karaage - crispy Japanese sesame fried chicken, the best chicken karaage recipe that is better than Japanese restaurants.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Chicken Karaage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 578 kcal


  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts/thighs cut into cubes
  • 6 tablespoons Japanese cooking sake
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 inches fresh ginger peeled and pounded with a mortar and pestle to extract 2 tablespoons ginger juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Use paper towels to pat dry the chicken and transfer to a bowl. Add in the sake, soy sauce, ginger juice, sesame oil and marinate for 30 minutes, best for 2 hours. Transfer the chicken pieces out of the marinate and coat them evenly with cornstarch, in a plastic bag such as Ziplock. Shake off the excess cornstarch.
  2. Heat up a wok/pot of cooking oil. When the cooking oil is hot enough for frying (350F - 375F), drop the chicken into the oil and quickly deep fry them until they float. Transfer them out onto a plate and wait for a couple of minutes. Put the chicken back into the oil and deep-fry again until golden brown and crunchy. Dish out to a plate or bowl lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil, serve hot with a slice of lemon and mayonnaise.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Karaage (Sesame Fried Chicken)
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 578 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 1680mg 70%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 48g 96%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.