Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Modified: December 21, 2021

Savor the delicious flavors of Japanese cuisine with this homemade karaage! The deep-fried crispy chicken thighs marinate overnight. This allows the sweet and savory flavors to seep through the meat.

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Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) Recipe

How To Make Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

This crispy marinated karaage will satisfy your Japanese cuisine cravings.

Prep: 15 mins
Marinate Time: 8 hrs
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 8 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 lb chicken thighs, deboned, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine, or sake
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated, with its juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 cups vegetable oil, (up to 8 cups), for frying

To Serve:

  • 1 lemon wedge, per serving
  • 1 oz cucumber slices, per serving


  1. Combine garlic, rice wine, soy sauce, ginger, and sugar. Toss chicken pieces in the marinade to coat.

  2. Cover and set aside in a chilled area. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 24 hours, best if 48 hours.

  3. The next day, preheat your oil to 375 degrees F and prepare a plate lined with paper towels.

  4. Prepare your coating. Combine potato starch, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

  5. Drain the chicken from the marinade and coat these with your seasoned potato starch.

  6. Once done, deep fry chicken pieces for roughly 3 minutes, until the crust is deep golden brown. Drain into your prepared basket.

  7. Serve hot or at room temperature with a lemon wedge and cucumber slices.


  • Sugar: 3g
  • :
  • Calcium: 29mg
  • Calories: 133kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 359mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 738mg
  • Vitamin A: 1IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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