Tori no Tatsutaage

Japanese Fried Karāge Chicken


🔢 Recipe Makes


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Tatsutaage is a type of Japanese fried chicken or karāge. Marinated before being coated in starch, the chicken is incredibly juicy, whilst still having a great crunch. 💯

📝 Ingredients

  • 450 g Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Tbsp Light Soy
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 2 Tbsp Sake or 2 Tbsp Shaoxing
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger - minced
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic - minced
  • Cornflour
  • Vegetable Oil - for frying

🌊 Marinade

  1. Remove the bones from the 450 g chicken, and cut the flesh into thumb sized pieces; leaving the skin on
  2. Puncture the 450 g chicken multiple times with a sharp knife, to allow the marinade to saturate the meat
  3. Create the marinade by combining 3 Tbsp light soy, 1 Tbsp mirin, 2 Tbsp sake, 1 Tsp sesame oil, 1 Tbsp ginger, and 1 Tbsp garlic in tall-sided container
  4. Add the 450 g chicken to marinade, and leave to rest for 30 m

🍗 Coating

  1. Generously coat the 450 g chicken in the cornflour
  2. Heat up the oil to
  3. As the marinade soaks into the cornflour, dust with the excess to recoat the 450 g chicken

In order to get a good crisp on the outside of the karāge, we'll fry the 450 g chicken 3 times. The first time, we'll use a lower temperature - - for a longer time - . This allows the heat to reach the inside of the meat. The 2nd and 3rd fries drive off more of the moisture (primarily from the outside), and crisp up the cornflour. We limit the duration here, and allow resting time for the internal temperature of the 450 g chicken to drop a bit, to avoid overcooking the 450 g chicken in the middle.

Frying Karāge

🍳 Fry

  1. Fry in batches, according to the timings below.
Fry No.DurationTemp.Rest
1 45 s
230 s 180 °C 45 s
330 s 180 °C
  1. Remove the 450 g chicken from the oil to rest.
Fried Karāge

That's it! You should have yourself a plate of crispy juicy Japanese tatsutaage. Here I've served it with a pea, red onion, sesame, and spring onion slaw. Sprinkled with shichimi tōgarashi - although you can't see it 🤔.

Plated Karāge