There are plenty of places in KL where you can get your Korean fried chicken fix. In fact, we've got a recipe for it that you can make at home if you don't feel like stepping out the house. But have you ever tried Japanese fried chicken? Also known as karaage, this is a must-try for any lover of fried chicken. Juicy, crispy and incredibly flavourful, this halal chicken karaage recipe is perfect to treat yourself with and super easy to make at home ?
Ingredients (serves 4)
For the fried chicken
- 1.5lb (450g) boneless skin-on chicken thighs
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- Black pepper to taste
- Oil for deep frying
For the seasoning
- ½ tsp ginger, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ tbsp soy sauce
- ½ tsp sesame oil, roasted
- Cut chicken thighs into 2-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil.
- Add the chicken to the seasoning mix and coat thoroughly using your hands. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let it marinate.
- Pour oil in a deep pot for frying over medium heat and let it hit 163ºC.
- In two separate piles, have the flour and cornstarch ready at the side. Lightly coat each chicken piece in the flour and dust off any excess. Then, coat it in the cornstarch and dust off the excess. Repeat this step with the remaining pieces of chicken.
- Gently place the chicken into the pot of oil and fry 3 to 5 pieces at a time - remember to not overcrowd them! Deep fry them for about 90 seconds or until light golden brown. Transfer them to a wire rack and drain the excess oil.
- Let the oil come back up to 177 ºC and fry the chicken for the second time for about 45 seconds, until it has a deeper golden colour. They should look something like this ?
- Serve chicken while still hot with a few lemon wedges and some Kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise) if you'd like.
So, prepare to sink your teeth into some delicious halal karaage and fall in love with this Japanese fried chicken at first bite! ?