If you do a search on Chicken Katsu, you will very likely find a long list of recipes as well as Wikipedia’s definition on what Chicken Katsu or tori katsu is.
Basically it is chicken cutlet using panko (Japanese style bread crumbs) versus regular bread crumbs. I must admit that I do like using panko for certain dishes and regular bread crumbs (mainly for stuffing) or a mix of both. Just experiment, you don’t know what you will like or don’t until you try it.
Method is the same as my Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet) recipe, just changing the meat to chicken and served with soba instead of Japanese rice.
4 chicken breasts
1 cup Panko
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon honey
- Place the flour, beaten egg & bread crumbs into 3 separate bowls.
- Flatten the chicken breasts. You can use a meat tenderizer tool like I did to flatten the meat. Or you can place each piece of meat in a plastic bag or between 2 layers of cling wrap. Pound with a rolling pin or something heavier to flatten the meat.
- Once all the slices are flattened, lightly season with some salt & pepper. The next step is to coat the meat.
- Place flour, egg, bread crumbs in a row as this will make it easier for the coating process.
- Take a piece of flattened meat. Coat it with the flour. Then coat with the egg and then the bread crumbs. The flour helps to keep the moisture in the meat when cooking. The egg helps the bread crumbs to stick to the meat.
- Place the coated meat on a plate or platter.
- Repeat with the rest of the meat. If you run out of either the flour, egg or bread crumbs before you have coated all the slices of meat, just add some more to the bowls.
- Once you have finished coating all the slices, cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for when you are ready to cook.
- Preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF). Arrange the meat on a baking dish large enough to hold all the slices.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Served with sides of shredded raw cabbage, cherry tomatoes with Japanese short grain rice or cold soba noodles.
Method: Tonkatsu sauce
Whisk all the ingredients together and drizzle over the cooked cutlets before serving
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