Learn how to make this super easy chicken katsu curry don – it’s the perfect comfort food!
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If you’re wondering what chicken katsu curry is, wonder no more. It’s basically fried strips of juicy chicken served with white rice and covered in a thick, sweet and savory curry of onions, potatoes and carrots.
Did that get your attention? IT’S AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! That’s really all you need to know about it.
Japanese curry is my weakness. I really only had it for the first time a couple years ago.
But now I’m hooked.
It’s slightly sweet with an absolutely delicious umami packed flavor. The hint of sweetness is what gets me though. I love it.
And the best part is how EASY it is to make.
You’ve got a couple choices for this easy Chicken Katsu Curry Don: 1) you can make your own Japanese curry roux or 2) you can buy it.
Now, you know I will always tell you that making homemade curry is the way to go. Because it is. The flavors are so much better – it’s totally worth the extra 5-10 minutes of effort. Totally worth it guys.
BUT, if you’re just not feeling it, you can use the store bought as well. I have made this dish with the store bought, and it turns out just fine. Obviously better with the homemade, but still a tasty dish with that store bought.
If you go with the store bought, there are a few different kinds to use that I hear are good. Personally I have used Vermont Curry and I like the amount of sweetness it has. You should be able to find it in your local grocery store, but if not, you can buy it through the below affiliate link. I will receive a commission. But it help me pay for this site.
The other ingredients are very simple. I use panko breadcrumbs to coat the chicken because they provides a crispier texture than regular breadcrumbs. I’ve actually started using panko breadcrumbs in place of regular for all sorts of dishes!
You can substitute chicken breasts for the chicken thighs if you prefer. I can’t imagine doing that myself. The thighs are too good and juicy. But to each his own. I understand.
Chicken breasts will work just fine.
When you’re done making this easy chicken katsu curry don, you’ll have a delicious plate of the most amazing comfort food. The soul warming kind of comfort food.
The kind that makes you forget the holidays are gone and we have to go back to WORK now.
And you may even just forget about that New Year’s Resolution to lose that extra 5 pounds. There’s always next year, right?
So dim the lights, put your PJs on, and enjoy this easy chicken katsu curry don.
For other super awesome Japanese recipes, check these out:
- 2 lbs. chicken thighs boneless & skinless
- 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 4 tbsp. flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 4 tbsp. oil
- 6.5 oz. Japanese curry roux See notes
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 white potato peeled and diced
- 2 carrots chopped
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. olive oil
Beat the chicken with a mallet until it's about 1/2" thick.
Heat the oil (I use vegetable oil) in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Dredge the chicken thighs in the egg wash, then in the breadcrumb mixture.
Add to the pan and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side. If bread crumbs start to burn, turn the heat down to medium. Add additional oil between batches of chicken.
Remove from heat and slice into strips.
Serve the chicken with white rice and Japanese curry sauce (below).
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the onion and sauté until soft.
Add the potato, carrot and water and bring to a boil.
Cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables can be pierced with a fork.
Add the curry roux and salt and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
Add additional salt to taste.
- Homemade curry roux is preferred, but store bought will work in a pinch.