Spicy Chicken Karaage Recipe


Spicy Chicken Karaage is a popular Japanese dish that features bite-sized pieces of chicken marinated in a flavorful blend of spices and deep-fried to perfection. The result is a crispy and spicy exterior with tender and juicy chicken on the inside. This dish is perfect as an appetizer or as a main course served with steamed rice and a side of pickled vegetables.

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt, to taste
  • Green onions, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, sake, grated ginger, minced garlic, gochujang, sesame oil, and sugar. Mix well to make the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and toss until well coated. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes, or refrigerate for up to 2 hours for more flavor.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all-purpose flour and cornstarch.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or pot over medium-high heat.
  5. Take each marinated chicken piece and coat it with the flour-cornstarch mixture, shaking off any excess.
  6. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches if necessary.
  7. Fry the chicken for about