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Air Fryer Chicken Katsu

a plate of air fryer chicken katsu

Simplified Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Recipe


Explore the ease of making Chicken Katsu in an air fryer, where you achieve the classic crunch and tenderness without the deep-frying hassle. This guide presents a straightforward, 30-minute recipe for a healthier yet equally satisfying version of the beloved dish.

Ingredients List

  • 4 chicken breasts (1/2 lb each), seasoned with salt & pepper

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1/4 cup water (adjust as needed)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs

  • Neutral cooking oil spray (e.g., avocado oil)

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  • Flatten the Chicken: Pound chicken breasts to an even 1/2" thickness to ensure even cooking.

  • Season: Liberally season both sides with salt and pepper.

  • Prepare Wet Batter: Combine eggs, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and water in a bowl to a pancake batter consistency.

  • Dredge Chicken: Dip each chicken breast in the wet batter, allowing excess to drip off.

  • Coat in Panko: Roll in panko breadcrumbs, pressing to adhere evenly.

  • Air Fry: Place in the air fryer basket, spray with oil, and cook at 350°F for 10 minutes. Flip, spray again, and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes until golden.

close up of chicken katsu from air fryer

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • Even Thickness: Ensuring chicken is uniformly flat promotes consistent cooking.

  • Dry Brine: Seasoning chicken ahead of cooking time enhances flavor and moisture.

  • Resting: Let the coated chicken sit for 10-15 minutes before frying to secure the breading.

Interesting Alterations to Try

  • For a gluten-free option, substitute with gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs.

  • Adapt this recipe for pork for a delightful variation of Pork Katsu.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • A serving of air fryer chicken katsu contains approximately 310 calories, offering a lighter alternative to the traditional deep-fried version.

  • The key to perfect chicken katsu lies in preparation and cooking technique, ensuring a crispy exterior and juicy interior.


This air fryer chicken katsu recipe redefines convenience, blending traditional flavors with a modern cooking method. It's a testament to how simple ingredients, when correctly prepared, can result in a dish that's both health-conscious and deeply satisfying.



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