Not only is this baked chicken katsu recipe just as crispy as the deep fried version, it stays crispy even longer!
Baked Chicken Katsu Recipe
As a flexitarian, Ben and I don’t eat a lot of meat. Our diet consists of 80% vegetables, fruits, dairy, beans and grains and 20% meat and fish. Well… More like 15% meat and fish and 5% chocolate for myself :). On the days we do have meat, we make sure it’s well prepared and tastes great so we can fully enjoy it.
One thing we both love is fried chicken. We love it so much that we often reminisce about having KFC delivered to my old apartment in Toronto. Old school, unhealthy yet so unbelievably delicious! If I’m going to be a bad girl, I’m having KFC or a poutine and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. But finding a healthier alternative is always nice. Especially when that alternative is as crazy good as this baked chicken katsu. Imagine a tender and juicy chicken breast covered with panko breadcrumbs so crispy, you would swear it’s deep fried! Yes, it’s that good!
The secret to those crispy breadcrumbs is to briefly toast them in a pan with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. When they turn golden brown, transfer to a bowl and you are ready to bake your chicken katsu. This method ensures that the breadcrumbs will stay nice and crispy for a long time. When I shot this recipe, the chicken stayed crispy for four hours. Who knows how much longer it would have stayed that way if we hadn’t devoured it!
This baked chicken katsu recipe is great on it own but if you want to eat it the way they do in Japan, serve it with tonkatsu sauce. It’s basically the Japanese version of barbecue sauce but sweeter and tangier. You can find it at your local Asian super market or buy it here on Amazon. I often swap ketchup for tonkatsu because the taste is a bit more complex and more sandwich friendly. It goes well with everything served on a bun!
Other yummy chicken recipes:
- Curried chicken with pomegranate
- Slow cooker chicken cacciatore
- Thai chicken zoodles
- Chicken chop suey
- Korean sticky chicken
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