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August 21, 2019
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Chicken Katsu Sandwich

A deliciously tender and crispy chicken sandwich you've never tasted before (unless you live in Japan).

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword chicken katsu, tonkatsu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author D. Leecious


Tonkatsu sauce

  • 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tspn sugar


  • canola oil for frying
  • 3 oz medium boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup Japanese-style panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tspn Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tspn Japanese-style hot mustard
  • 2 slices Japanese white bread toasted
  • 1/3 cup green cabbage shredded


  1. Make the tonkatsu sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar until combined. Set aside.

  2. Make the sandwich: Heat 2 inches of canola oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 350˚F.

  3. Slice through the thick part of the chicken thigh so it an even thickness. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.

  4. Add the flour, egg, and panko to 3 separate shallow dishes.

  5. Coat the chicken thigh in the flour, then the egg, then the panko.

  6. To test the oil temperature, add a pinch of panko—if it sizzles immediately, it’s ready for frying. Carefully fry the chicken for about 2 minutes per each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  7. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and hot mustard.

  8. Assemble the sandwiches: Spread the mayonnaise sauce on each piece of toasted bread. On one side, layer on the cabbage, a drizzle of tonkatsu sauce, the chicken, and more tonkatsu sauce. Top with the other slice of bread.

  9. Cut the sandwich in half, then serve.


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