The Best And Easy Healthy Japanese Style Chicken Katsu Home Made Recipe

Chicken Katsu. A Japanese Style chicken cutlet breaded and fried until crispy. Served with a Tonkastu sauce over white rice!

Chicken Katsu is the perfect weeknight dinner. It is super simple to make and tastes amazing! Chicken Katsu is a Japanese style chicken cutlet that is breaded then fried. It comes out super crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.

The chicken typically gets served with Tonkastu Sauce. It’s a Japanese sauce that’s tangy, rich and slightly sweet. You can get Tonkastu Sauce at an Asian grocery store of make your own version at home.

This is my family recipe for Chicken Katsu – Japanese style fried chicken. Can also be used to make Tonkatsu, just use pork cutlets instead of chicken. Serve with white rice and tonkatsu sauce.


1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

salt and pepper

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 egg

1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs

oil for deep frying

white rice for serving

Tonkatsu sauce for serving (you can buy store bought or make your own)

green onions for garnish if desired

sesame seeds for garnish if desired


The Best And Easy Healthy Japanese Style Chicken Katsu Home Made Recipe



Start by pounding each chicken thigh to 1/2 inch thickness. Sprinkle each chicken thigh with salt and pepper.

Add flour to a small shallow bowl.

Whisk egg and add to a small shallow bowl.

Add panko breadcrumb to a small shallow bowl.

Starting with the flour dredge chicken one at a time then into the egg then into the panko breadcrumbs until fully coated.

Heat a large pot with oil at least 2 inches high to 350 degrees. When the oil is hot add in chicken one or two at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.

Place chicken on a plate lined with paper towels and allow the chicken to rest for 2 minutes before slicing.

Serve immediately with white rice, tonkatsu sauce, green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.