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Japanese deep fried chicken nuggets

Prep Time:

75 Minutes

Cook Time:

5 Minutes


2 Servings



About the Recipe

KFC is very popular in Japan. Maybe that's because deep fried chicken nuggets are something the Japanese know well and make for themselves at home. KFC in Japan tailor their product to the local market, so the nuggets are smaller, less oily and crunchier than the KFC found elsewhere.


600g boneless chicken breast or thigh

1cm ginger

2 cloves garlic

3 tbsps soy sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tbsp japanese cooking sake

1 tbsp mirin

7 tbsps plain flour

6 tbsps cornflour

veg oil for deep frying

kitchen paper


cut the chicken into nugget sized pieces (slice thicker parts diagonally so they deep fry more easily)

grate the ginger and the garlic

put the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, mirin, ketchup and cooking sake into a bowl and mix well

marinade the chicken for 45 - 60 mins

mix the cornflour and plain flour together and coat the chicken pieces

heat the oil to 180C / 350 F in a sauce pan

deep fry the chicken for 3 - 4 minutes depending on the thickness of the nuggets

when the chicken is golden brown, remove and drain on kitchen paper

serve with Japanese rice and perhaps bowls of miso soup

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