Air Fryer Chicken Katsu


I was surprised how quickly this air-fryer chicken katsu came together! Using a purchased tonkatsu or barbecue sauce makes this easy, too! It's great for an after-school snack, or for a main dish for 2 or 3. The Japanese panko crumb crust is crunchy and satisfying, and it's real food!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 large egg

  • salt to taste

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • ¾ pound chicken breast cutlets

  • avocado oil cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions (Optional)


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

  2. Beat egg and salt lightly in a shallow bowl or a small casserole dish. Place panko bread crumbs on a plate.

  3. Dip each cutlet into egg mixture, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl. Turn cutlets in panko bread crumbs so both sides are coated well, pressing the cutlets gently into the crumbs. Set on a piece of parchment paper. Spray each side with cooking spray and place in the basket of the air fryer.

  4. Air-fry for 5 minutes, turn, and air-fry for an additional 4 minutes. Serve with barbecue sauce and garnish with green onions.

Cook's Note:

Use tonkatsu sauce instead of barbecue sauce, or any dipping sauce of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
13g Fat
41g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 545mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 338mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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