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Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Recipe

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Mouth Watering Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Recipe


Craving a crispy and flavorful Japanese dish? This Air Fryer Chicken Katsu recipe is a healthier twist on the classic deep-fried favorite. Chicken katsu, known for its crunchy breadcrumb coating and tender, juicy meat, is a hit with both kids and adults. By using an air fryer, you can achieve the same satisfying crunch without all the excess oil. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your meal rotation.


For the Chicken Katsu:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • Cooking spray or olive oil spray

For the Katsu Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon mirin (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

ingredients for chicken katsu laid out



  1. Prepare the Chicken:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (188°C).

  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cover them with plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch.

  • Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.

  1. Set Up the Breading Station:

  • In one shallow dish, place the all-purpose flour.

  • In a second shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and water.

  • In a third shallow dish, combine the panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

Breading the Chicken:

  1. Bread the Chicken:

  • Dredge each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess.

  • Dip the floured chicken breast into the egg mixture, ensuring it is fully coated.

  • Press the chicken breast into the panko breadcrumb mixture, coating it evenly and pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs.


  1. Air Fry the Chicken:

  • Lightly spray both sides of the breaded chicken breasts with cooking spray or olive oil spray.

  • Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook in batches if necessary.

  • Air fry at 370°F (188°C) for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the chicken is golden brown and crispy and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Making the Katsu Sauce:

  1. Prepare the Katsu Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sugar, mirin (if using), Dijon mustard, and garlic powder.

  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and let the sauce cool slightly before serving.


  1. Serve the Chicken Katsu:

  • Slice the cooked chicken katsu into strips.

  • Serve the chicken hot with the katsu sauce on the side for dipping or drizzling.

  • Garnish with sliced green onions or sesame seeds if desired.

Tips and Variations

  • Chicken Alternatives: Try using boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a juicier option.

  • Panko Substitutes: If you don't have panko breadcrumbs, you can use regular breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes.

  • Spice Level: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the breadcrumb mixture for a spicy kick.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve with steamed white rice, a side of cabbage salad, or pickled vegetables for a complete meal.

  • Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free flour and gluten-free panko breadcrumbs to make this recipe gluten-free.


This Air Fryer Chicken Katsu recipe offers a healthier way to enjoy a beloved Japanese dish without sacrificing flavor or texture. The air fryer ensures the chicken remains juicy on the inside while achieving a perfect golden crust on the outside. Paired with a tangy katsu sauce, this dish is sure to delight your taste buds.

Easy to make and incredibly satisfying, it's a great addition to your weekly meal plan. Enjoy the delicious taste of chicken katsu with less guilt and more crunch!

Give this recipe a try, and enjoy a delicious, restaurant-quality meal right at home!

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