Chicken Katsu


Chicken katsu is Japanese-style fried chicken. This is my family recipe and can also be used to make tonkatsu by using pork cutlets instead of chicken. Serve with white rice and tonkatsu sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Make restaurant-worthy chicken katsu at home with this top-rated recipe. You won't believe how quickly it comes together with simple ingredients!

What Is Katsu?

Katsu is a Japanese dish of crispy fried cutlets coated with Panko bread crumbs. Popular varieties are chicken katsu (like this recipe) and tonkatsu (which is made with pork).

a fried chicken cutlet topped with tonkatsu sauce with salad in the background
Mitsuha Kirigaija

How to Make Chicken Katsu

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Chicken Katsu Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this chicken katsu recipe at home:

· Chicken: You'll need four skinless, boneless chicken breast halves.
· Seasonings: This chicken katsu recipe is simply seasoned with salt and pepper.
· Flour: All-purpose flour helps seal in the moisture, adds flavor, and promotes browning.
· Egg: An egg adds moisture and gives the Panko something to stick to.
· Panko: Panko bread crumbs are responsible for katsu's signature crunch.
· Oil: Opt for a neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or vegetable oil.

How to Make Chicken Katsu At Home

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade chicken katsu:

1. Season the chicken, then dredge in flour.
2. Coat each breast in egg, then press into the Panko.
3. Fry the chicken katsu until golden brown.

Chicken Katsu

What to Serve With Chicken Katsu

In need of some serving inspiration? Try pairing your chicken katsu with tonkatsu sauce and one of these irresistible side dishes:

· Kombu Seaweed Salad
· Japanese-Style Cabbage Salad
· Miso Soup

close shot of seaweed salad with carrot and cucumber

How to Store Chicken Katsu

Allow the chicken katsu to cool completely, then store your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was so easy and so yummy," raves Sarah. "The whole family loved every bite. I served it with white rice and sweet and sour sauce."

"Made exactly as instructed with one exception — I didn't have Panko, so I pulsed some herb-seasoned breadcrumbs in the food processor," says Melnal.

"Delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make," according to EmptyRecipe. "It will make you think twice why you would ever order this at a restaurant."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/2 inch thickness

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 cup oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Place flour, beaten egg, and panko crumbs into separate shallow dishes. Coat chicken breasts in flour, shaking off any excess; dip into egg, and then press into panko crumbs until well coated on both sides.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the hot oil, and fry until golden brown, 3 or 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

    a fried chicken cutlet topped with tonkatsu sauce with salad in the background
    Mitsuha Kirigaija


Try serving this with Japanese salad dressing for dipping.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
11g Fat
22g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 31g
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 239mg 5%

* 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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