Next level chicken katsu curry on a plate with rice, cabbage and seaweed

Next level chicken katsu curry

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins plus marinating


Serves 4 - 6

Make this Japanese-inspired dish of crunchy chicken and a rich, warmly spiced sauce. Our ultimate version is easy to make but packs plenty of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal579
  • fat19g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre6g
  • protein37g
  • salt3.3g
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    For the katsu

    • 2 large chicken breasts
    • 400ml milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

    • 100g plain flour

    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 150g panko breadcrumbs or coarse dried breadcrumbs
    • sprinkling shichimi togarashi or chilli power, plus extra to serve
      Shichimi togarashi

      Shichimi togarashi

      Shichimi togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice mix, is a spicy-savoury blend of ground chillies,…

    • splash of soy sauce
      Soy sauce

      Soy sauce

      soy sor-s

      An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

    • sunflower oil, for frying
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

    For the curry sauce

    • 50g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 1 large carrot, chopped



      The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

    • 1 onion, chopped



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    • large piece of ginger, chopped



      Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

    • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
    • 1 tbsp honey



      Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

    • 1 tbsp ketchup
    • 1 tbsp red or brown miso paste
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
      Soy sauce

      Soy sauce

      soy sor-s

      An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

    • 1 chicken stock cube
    • shredded white cabbage, shredded nori, sesame seeds and cooked rice, to serve


    1. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthways, creating four fillets. Put each fillet between two sheets of baking parchment and beat with a rolling pin to even out the thickness.

    2. Pour the milk into a bowl and season with a large pinch of salt, then add the chicken fillets. Cover and leave in the fridge for at least 20 mins or for up to 24 hrs (the longer you leave the chicken in the milk, the more succulent it will be).

    3. When you’re ready to coat the chicken, tip the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls, then season the flour with the togarashi and stir the soy sauce into the eggs. Scoop one chicken fillet out of the milk and coat in the flour mix, then dip into the egg mix and coat in the breadcrumbs. Set on a plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken fillets. Can be prepared up to a day ahead and frozen for up to a month.

    4. To make the curry sauce, heat the butter in a saucepan and sizzle the carrot and onion for 5 mins, then add the garlic and ginger and cook for a few mins more. Scatter over the curry powder and cook for 1 min, then stir in the honey, ketchup, miso paste and soy sauce to create a sticky paste. Cook for 1 min more, then pour in 700ml boiling water and crumble in the stock cube. Cover and simmer for 20 mins until the carrot is soft. Tip the sauce into a blender and blitz until completely smooth (alternatively, use a hand blender). Season to taste. Can be made up to three days ahead and chilled or frozen for up to three months.

    5. To cook the katsu, heat a good layer of oil in a large frying pan, then add as many of the chicken fillets as you can fit and fry for 3-4 mins on each side until deep golden and crisp. Transfer to a tray and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the remaining fillets.

    6. Mix the cabbage and seaweed and sprinkle over some sesame seeds, if using. Top the katsu with the curry sauce and serve with the rice and salad, if you like.

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    dragonma5306's picture
    24th May, 2020
    This was delicious, with my children immediately demanding that I make it again. Probably only needed half the amount of milk at the start, but otherwise all worked perfectly. The halved & flattened chicken breasts end up surprisingly large!
    12th May, 2020
    Absolutely gorgeous. Added the sauce back to the pan after blending to boil off some water and thicken more.
    Marlene McConway's picture
    Marlene McConway
    18th Aug, 2019
    Really tasty and easy to make. All the family loved it. Made the sauce with about 200 ml less water than the recipe and it was a perfect thickness.
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