Japanese Chicken Karaage (Fried Chicken)
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 300 -400 g chicken leg meat
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Japanese sake
- 3 -4 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- other seasoning
- Cut chicken meat into a bite sized pieces.
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of Japanese Sake on the meats, knead them, and leave it about 30 minutes.
- Sop up the Sake with paper towels and put the meats, all spices, and flour into a plastic bag.
- Knead the plastic bag until all spices and flour cover all meats.
- Fill a pan with vegetable oil for deep frying and heat it up with middle flame. When the pan is heated up enough, put the meats into the pan.
- If your pan is big enough(about 30 cm diameter), you can put them all at once (Don't put only a few pieces; it will make only the surface of meat char).
- Notes: If you see bubbles as soon as you put a wooden chop stick into the oil, this is too hot. If you see them after 2 seconds, it's just the right temperature. After deep-frying the meat about 7~8 minutes, make the flame stronger.
- When the chicken fried beautifully brown, take them out of the pan onto paper towels.
- In addition If you sprinkle lemon juice on the chicken, it tastes better.
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This is a fantastic chicken recipe and would have rated 5 or better stars but I had to make a couple of adjustments to the recipe. I found that 1 tbsp of sake was simply not enough to massage300 grams of chicken thigh and used 5 tbsp. I put the chicken into a ziplock bag poured in the sake and massaged it into the chicken through the bag. let it rest for 30 minutes and found there was none left to drain off. I mixed the dry spices (used 1 1/2 tsp paprika - amt not given in the recipe) in another zip lock bag added the chicken and tossed until all the pieces were evenly coated. Instead of deep frying I pan fried the chicken in 3 tbsp oil - fantastic, crunchy on the outside and moist inside. The flavor is very mildly curry but unless you knew it was in there you would be guessing. It is a lovely combination of flavors and will not bite you. This recipe is one that I can't wait to make again Thanks Recipezaar or whom ever the original chef was that posted this recipe
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