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recipe japanese fried chicken

Japanese Fried Chicken

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: small plates
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons peeled grated ginger (minced ginger is ok too)
  • 3 Tablespoons sake
  • 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • Oil spray
  • Lemon wedges, kewpie mayonnaise, and shichimi pepper for serving

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into 1½ inch pieces. Place it in the bowl.
  2. Add the ginger, sake, oyster sauce, salt, and black pepper. Mix the chicken to thoroughly coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  4. Spray the bottom of the air frying basket with oil.
  5. Dip the chicken pieces a couple at a time into the potato starch.
  6. Set the chicken into the air fryer basket/tray and spray with the oil. If you have to stack the chicken in two layers, spray each layer of chicken with oil.
  7. Air fry the chicken at 360 degrees for 20-25 minutes, flipping the chicken every 5 minutes so the chicken cooks evenly. (I also sprayed the chicken with oil again the first time I went to flip it.)
  8. Transfer the chicken to a plate. 
  9. Serve the Japanese fried chicken with some lemon wedges, kewpie mayo, and shichimi pepper.

Notes

*If you have the ability to cook the chicken in one layer in the airfryer, I highly recommend it so you reduce the chance that the coating will peel off from flipping it around. 

*You can also oven fry this chicken if you do not have an air fryer. Preheat the oven to 400. Put down a piece of parchment paper. (You can also use aluminum foil). Spray your parchment paper with oil. Lay your prepared chicken on the paper and spray again with oil. Bake the chicken for 20-25 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through. (I would spray the chicken again after you flip it). Serve immediately.

*If you would like to deep fry your chicken, pour 2 inches of oil into a deep heavy skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Test the oil by dipping a piece of chicken into the oil. It should bubble immediately. If not, let the oil continue to heat for a couple more minutes. Depending on the size of your skillet, put enough chicken into the pan so that it’s only half full of chicken. Do not crowd the pan otherwise your chicken will soak up a lot of oil and not cook properly. Cook for 6-8 minutes until crisp and golden. Transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Serve immediately.

Keywords: air fryer, fried chicken, japanese, appetizers, small plates, gluten free