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Chicken Katsu Curry with Homemade Sauce

Chicken Katsu curry is considered to be a national dish in Japan, it features a crisp fried chicken cutlet and a wonderful curry sauce.

This is a recipe that feels exotic and unusual, but homely and familiar all at the same time, it is glorious!

Portrait image of a chicken katsu curry with sliced crispy chicken breast served with coriander rice

A Japanese Curry, Really?

Curry arrived in Japan at the end of the 19th Century, via the Brits and the Indian Raj and is seen by many to be a national dish.

I first stumbled across this dish in Wagamama and remember being less than impressed at the time. However it grew on me and I love this version!

This simple recipe would be called katsu kare in Japan and it is a follow-up recipe to my tonkatsu recipe. I also have a vegetarian tofu katsu curry that complements this recipe.

The concept of a breaded and fried piece of meat is so familiar to Europeans, this very this feels like a familiar old friend of a recipe.

Of course, speaking as a Brit who is very slightly curry obsessed, the curry aspect makes me feel very at home too!

Having said that, this curry sauce is very different from my usual curry fare. The sauces you will find in my madras curry recipe or even my Balti recipe are much more complex.

This katsu curry sauce is much more simple. In fact, it has much more in common with the chip shop curry sauce I grew up with.

It is however still gloriously delicious, probably because of its simplicity!

Portrait close up image of a chicken katsu curry with sliced crispy chicken breast served with coriander rice

How To Choose The Curry Powder.

This katsu recipe is very much a rarity in my curry line up, I actually advocate the use of curry powder here.

If you are the sort of person that makes their own curry powders, fill your boots. I’ll not try to teach you something you do not know already.

But go mild and hold back the urge to add fenugreek.

If you are going to the store to buy a curry powder and you do not use it often, buy the smallest packet you can!

Once opened ground spice blends lose their flavour very quickly.

The thing you are looking for is a curry powder that is quite mild. Avoid the likes of powders that claim to be Madras or Vindaloo powders.

If you are from the UK, you may even be able to find a curry powder called ‘Chinese’ curry powder. That would be perfect.

Portrait overhead image of a chicken katsu curry with sliced crispy chicken breast served with coriander rice

Serving Suggestions.

I like to keep my sides with this recipe really simple… It is, after all, a very simple recipe.

I usually go for a simply boiled basmati rice with plenty of coriander in it although it also works well with coconut rice.

However, on occasions, I like to change it up and love this served with chips. Or fries as my American readers would call them.

The chips, however, need to be proper fried chips. Not skinny little things but proper British chip shop style chips.

Chicken and chips always takes me back to my childhood!

And if you really wanted to step out there, why not try my Cornflake chicken for a crispy coating for this recipe?

Square image of a chicken katsu curry with sliced crispy chicken breast served with coriander rice
Yield: 2 Servings

Chicken Katsu Curry Recipe with Homemade Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

When presented with the word curry it is easy to leap to India or South East Asia... However, Chicken Katsu Curry is considered to be a national food of Japan. It is super simple to make and is a real crowd pleaser.


  • 2 Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 50 g (1/2 Cup) Bread Crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Oil for frying.

For the Curry Sauce:

  • 100 g (2/3 Cup) Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing Wine
  • 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Chicken stock


  1. Finely dice the onion and sweat down in a pan with a little oil for 10 minutes. You do not want to add any colour.
  2. Finely slice the garlic and add it to the softened onions and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add in the flour and stir for 60-90 seconds to begin cooking out the flour.
  4. Then add in the remaining ingredients for the curry sauce and cook at a simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. When the sauce has cooked and is a nice sauce texture I like to blend and pass through a fine-mesh sieve, although this step is optional.
  6. Whilst the sauce is cooking bash out the chicken breasts so that they are an even thickness. Aim for around 1cm.
  7. Dredge the chicken breasts in well-seasoned flour.
  8. Dip into the egg which has been beaten and finally into the breadcrumbs.
  9. Shallow fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side in oil over a medium-high heat.
  10. Slice the chicken and nap over the sauce.


Serve with some simple basmati rice with lots of coriander through it.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 576Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 1081mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 51g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Valerie Andreas

Saturday 25th of April 2020

Loved this version of katsu curry. Did not have shaoxing wine but Grand Marnier was a good substitute! Lol

Brian Jones

Monday 27th of April 2020

Now that's a combination I would never have imagined, glad you liked it :)

Shashi at SavorySpin

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

This is my first time hearing of this curry. The concept of breaded chicken (meat) in curry sauce - wow - the more I think about this, the more I find myself drooling! Such a comforting and delicious winner of a chicken dinner!

Brian Jones

Thursday 30th of August 2018

It is superb and I have been making this for years, I love it!


Thursday 23rd of August 2018

This looks delicious Brian! I make a katsu that is totally different than this. I am loving your flavors.

Brian Jones

Thursday 30th of August 2018

I tried to check out your version Danielle but am getting a URL error on your site.

Katherine Hackworthy

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

Such a tasty looking dish. There is something very comforting and delicious about a simple curry sauce, and it makes an ideal accompaniment to many a meal.

Brian Jones

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Absolutely, curries of different types defined my food yoof!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

I love katsu and yours looks amazing. Definitely going to make this for the whole family.

Brian Jones

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Enjoy :)

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