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Crisp Chicken Karaage with green beans and a wedge of lemon.

Karaage (から揚げ)

With juicy marinated chicken coated in an ultra-crisp shell, Karaage (から揚げ) is a staple of Japanese home-cooking and one of the most popular items to pack into a bento box lunch in Japan.
Course Entree
Cuisine Best, Japanese
Keyword bento, easy, fried
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 450kcal


  • cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sake
  • 25 grams fresh ginger (grated)
  • 900 grams skin-on boneless chicken thighs (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 170 grams potato starch
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • ½ lemon (sliced into wedges for serving)


  • Whisk the soy sauce, sake and ginger together in a bowl to combine.
    Karaage marinade made of soy sauce, sake, and ginger.
  • Add the chicken and mix well to ensure each piece of chicken is coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate, allowing the chicken to marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
    Marinating chicken thighs in soy sauce, ginger, and sake for making karaage.
  • When you are ready to fry the karaage, add 1 inch of vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pot and heat until the oil reaches 340 degrees F (170 C). Prepare a paper towel-lined rack.
  • While you wait for the oil to come up to temperature, dredge the marinated chicken in potato starch to coat each piece evenly and set the pieces of coated chicken on a tray.
    Dusting marinated chicken in potato starch for karaage.
  • When the oil ready, fry the coated chicken in batches. Don't overcrowd the pot, and I recommend batching pieces of chicken that are roughly the same size.
    Karaage frying in oil in a cast iron pot.
  • When the karaage hits an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (71 C), transfer them to the prepared rack and let them rest for a few minutes before serving them.
    Fried chicken Karaage with green beans draining on paper towels.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.8mg