Chicken Karaage

One of my favorite fried types of chicken is karaage. I’ve never thought about making it at home until my friend treated me to some while I was over for a doggy-date.

Johann taunting Saywer with his Kong.

Sawyer got a little jealous of the spooning.

Unlike other fried chicken, karaage doesn’t leave me feeling disgusting and greasy. It makes for a simple, easy dinner and stays crispy for the next day’s lunch. You can enjoy it with just lemon juice – or jazz it up with some dipping sauce like I did.

Chicken Karaage


1-2 lbs chicken thigh, cut up into bite-size pieces

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp mirin

pinch of sugar

2 inches ginger, peeled and grated

3 cloves garlic, minced

sesame oil


peanut or vegetable oil


Combine soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger, garlic, and a few drops of sesame oil. Add chicken and let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Coat with cornstarch and fry until golden brown. Enjoy with lemon juice or dipping sauce (below).

Green onion-ginger soy dipping sauce


1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp soy sauce

pinch of sugar

1 tbsp green onion, diced

1 tsp ginger, finely grated

few drops of sesame oil


Combine all ingredients and serve with karaage.


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