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With a crisp, juicy slab of Japanese fried chicken stuffed into a butter roll slathered in yuzu mayonnaise, Chick-fil-A and Popeye's ain't got nothing on this Japanese Chicken Sandwich.

Japanese Fried Chicken Sandwich

With a crisp, juicy slab of Japanese fried chicken stuffed into a pillowy butter roll slathered in yuzu mayonnaise, this is the ultimate fried chicken sandwich that will beat any restaurant and taste and texture.

Course Sandwich
Cuisine Best, Japanese
Keyword chick-fil-a, chicken sandwich, fried chicken sandwich, popeyes
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 889 kcal


For Chicken

  • 380 grams boneless skin-on chicken thighs (2 large thighs)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • vegetable oil (for frying)

For Yuzu Mayo

  • 1/4 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon yuzu kosho
  • 1/2 teaspoon yuzu juice (optional)

For Chicken Sandwich

  • 2 butter rolls (sliced in half horizontally)
  • 1 large tomato (cut into 1/4-inch thick slices)
  • shredded cabbage


  1. Combine the soy sauce, sake, and ginger in a bowl and add the chicken thighs. Let this marinate for around 3 hours.

    Chicken thighs in a soy sauce, ginger, and sake marinade.
  2. To make the yuzu mayonnaise, whisk the mayo, yuzu kosho, and yuzu juice together in a bowl.

    Yuzu mayonnaise in a glass bowl.
  3. When the chicken is done marinating, add 2-inches of oil to a heavy-bottomed pot and heat to 320 degrees F (160 C).

  4. Drain the marinade from the chicken, and add the potato starch to a bowl.

    Marinated chicken thighs for chicken sandwiches.
  5. Dust the chicken in a thick coating of potato starch.

    Chicken thighs dusted in potato starch.
  6. Fry the chicken until it's golden brown and it has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (71 C). This will take about 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your chicken is. If your chicken starts browning too quickly, turn down the heat.

    Golden brown Chicken Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) being removed from oil.
  7. When the chicken is done, transfer it to a paper towel-lined rack and let it rest for about 5 minutes.

  8. To assemble the sandwich, divide the yuzu mayo between the four halves of bun and spread it around.

    Spreading yuzu mayonnaise on two halves of a bun.
  9. Top the bottom bun with the fried chicken.

    Adding a piece of Japanese fried chicken to a bun.
  10. Top the chicken with a slice of tomato and a pile of shredded cabbage and finish with the top bun.

    Chicken sandwich with tomato and shredded cabbage.
  11. Give the sandwich a little press to make sure everything holds together.

    Smashing a chicken sandwich down to make the layers adhere.
Nutrition Facts
Japanese Fried Chicken Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 889 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 198mg66%
Sodium 2144mg89%
Potassium 934mg27%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 906IU18%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 197mg20%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.