Chicken Karaage Recipe Air Fryer


Chicken karaage is a popular Japanese dish that consists of bite-sized pieces of chicken marinated in a flavorful mixture, coated in a light batter, and deep-fried until crispy. This recipe provides a healthier twist by using an air fryer instead of deep-frying, resulting in a delicious and crispy chicken karaage with less oil.

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Vegetable oil spray


  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sake, grated ginger, minced garlic, and sesame oil. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and let them marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Dip each chicken piece into the flour mixture, coating it evenly.
  6. Place the coated chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other.
  7. Lightly spray the chicken pieces with vegetable oil spray.
  8. Cook the chicken in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until they are golden brown