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Karaage Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken)

garlic and ginger marinated fried chicken
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs or breasts I prefer chicken breast for this
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 cup potato or corn starch I use potato
  • 5 garlic cloves smashed but not chopped
  • 1 6 inch piece fresh ginger sliced into 1/3 inch pieces
  • oil for frying
  • salt for seasoning
  • lemon wedges, mayo, togarashi


  • About 4-6 hours before you plan to cook the chicken, cut it into bite sized pieces and marinate it in the soy, garlic and ginger.
  • Heat oil to 350.
  • Combine the flour and cornstarch or potato starch in a large bowl and whisk.
  • Drop the chicken pieces a few at a time into the flour mix and then into the hot oil.
  • Fry until golden brown and the oil quiets down. Use a instant read thermometer to verify the chicken is cooked through if you aren't sure.
  • Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve with the lemon, mayo and togarashi.
Keyword Appetizer, Chicken, Main Dish