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Karaage, Fried Chicken that’s tasty and Easy to make.

Last night we went to a Karaage restaurant because even though we’ve been making our own Karaage for a long time, we’ve never eaten it out before. It was super delicious.

karaage chicken in a black bowl served with Japanese mayonnaise

How to Make Karaage at home

It’s such a simple recipe but oh so delicious. It’s also pretty cheap to make and can be served alongside sticky rice or even chips. We love the mayonnaise but you can use a dipping sauce of your choice.


  • chicken thighs
  • 1 tbs Mirin (or Sake if you can splash out)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 inch of grated ginger or a tbs of ginger spice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • cooking oil


  • chop chicken into bite size pieces
  • make marinade by mixing mirin, soy sauce, grated ginger, crushed garlic and sugar
  • coat chicken for about 1/2 hour (we did it overnight once but found it too overpowering.)
  • heat a wok or large pan half full with oil for deep frying.
  • put marinated chicken in a large bowl add egg, flour and cornflour and mix thouroughly.
  • put chicken into hot fat for a few minutes turning once, it’s best to do it in batches so it doesn’t stick together.
  • while cooking the next batch leave chicken under a low grill, or warmed oven.
  • When all batches are cooked, give them a second dip in the oil until a lovely golden colour.
  • drain on kitchen paper
  • serve with favourite dip and sides if you wish.

We use Kewpie Mayonnaise for our dip. (affiliate link)

Tips: use the best quality chicken thighs you can find, some like skin on, some don’t. We are not keen on the skin. Don’t over cook but make sure all your chicken is cooked through. Double frying ensures this but also adds an extra crispiness.


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10 thoughts on “Karaage, Fried Chicken that’s tasty and Easy to make.”

  1. I’ve never heard of kaarage chicken before but it sounds delicious and not too complicated to make so I will have to try it. My family also loves kewpie mayonnaise, so it will definitely be a winner!

  2. We love fried chicken, so I think this is a recipe we would try at home. I have never heard of Kaarage, but always willing to try something new, and get my kids to think i upped my cooking game.

    1. My kids love it, they think it’s better than KFC, but you don’t have any skin on the chicken. Using thighs makes it tastier and they are easier to cut into the right size. The marinade and coating are so simple to make yet they end up really tasty.

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