Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu Sauce Recipes

Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu Sauce

by Holly on August 2, 2012

Around our house we like to name our food random things. For some reason, if their food has a funny or cool name, my boys will eat more of it. Even if it’s something they like anyway, they eat more of it if I call it something fun.

Case in point: meet Ninja Fried Chicken.

Boys. What are you gonna do?

We also like to make Tonkatsu (pork is used traditionally instead of chicken). Either way, this recipe is really easy to make and is very satisfying. Yes it is fried. At our house where the kids are trying to pack in some calories this is a great thing. The thing to know about frying food is that it doesn’t have to be greasy at all when you are done. The key is in cooking at the proper temperature, and there is really no way to know that for sure without a deep fry thermometer. There are many kinds out there and the one I have is a deep fry/ candy version. I use it every time I’m frying something to make sure I am at the right temperature and maintaining it. It is a great kitchen tool to have and mine only cost $10.

The sauce itself is a modified ketchup with a twist and is a little spicy, sweet and sour. You can use it sparingly since it packs a significant punch and a little goes a long way. Just ask my husband who drenched his chicken and then made a few funny faces. I’ll admit, the sauce is more for me. My boys dipped theirs just in regular old ketchup.

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Krista August 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love it! Funny names do make eating more fun. I’ll eat broccoli but calling it dinosaur trees somehow makes it much more tasty. B loves tonkatsu sauce…I’ll have to try making it instead of buying.

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Sile September 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

I LOVE Torikatsu (Tori is japanese for chicken/bird). This sauce recipe looks interesting. I’ll have to try it next time I make this!

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Holly September 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

Ah! Thank you for the info. I figured there must be a correct name for it but couldn’t find anything. So good to know! Do you have a favorite sauce recipe you’ve used before? I’d love to know what it is.

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