Iron Chef Winner's Japanese Pan-Fried Chicken

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by PalatablePastime

A recipe from Katsuyo Kobayashi, and her book "Quick and Easy Japanese Cookbook". She was one of two female chefs to defeat Iron Chef Chen Kenichi, and is also considered to be Japan's favorite TV cooking show host.

Top Review by cuppycakes

So simple and yet so delicious.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2-3 boneless chicken thighs
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 8 shishito green peppers or 3 small bell peppers
  • 29.58-44.37 ml mirin (or 2-3 tbsp. sake + 2 tsp. sugar)
  • 29.58-44.37 ml soy sauce
  • japanese sansho pepper (optional)
  • shichimi togarashi pepper or red chili pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Remove excess fat from chicken.
  2. Remove hard end tips of mushrooms, and cut into halves or fourths depending on size.
  3. Destem and remove seeds from peppers; cut into 4-6 pieces if bell peppers are used.
  4. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat until hot; add chicken skin side down, and cook until skin crisps and turns golden.
  5. Turn chicken and cook other side until brown.
  6. Add mushrooms and peppers to pan.
  7. When meat is cooked done, add the mirin and the soy sauce; turn chicken and vegetables frequently.
  8. Remove chicken when sauce thickens; cut into bite-size pieces.
  9. Arrange all on a platter.
  10. Serve sansho pepper and shichimi togarashi as table condiments.

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