How to Make Karaage (Japanese style chicken nuggets)

Karaage, or Japanese style chicken nuggets, are delicious and so easy to make. Serve with a side of steamed rice. The kids will love this recipe — you will too!

This recipe comes from THE MANGA COOKBOOK by Yoko Ishihara (

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Karaage Recipe INGREDIENTS  

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (or two cloves of garlic, crushed)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup corn starch

Karaage Recipe INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Dice chicken thighs into pieces about 1″ or so.
  • In a large ziploc bag, combine garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Add chicken and marinate for about 20 mintues.
  • In a separate bag, start with about 1/2 cup corn starch and start adding marinated chicken pieces. Close bag and shake to coat pieces. Add more starch as needed until you are able to coat all of the pieces of chicken.
  • Fry chicken pieces in hot oil until done.
  • Serve with a side of steamed rice. Enjoy!

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