This Japanese comfort food dish is easy to make and very filling. The sauce and sides remain the same, so you can easily replace the chicken with pork, tofu or even sliced eggplant!
What is Katsu Curry?
Chicken katsu curry is a Japanese dish of breaded chicken cutlets served with a rich, creamy curry sauce with potatoes and rice. It's an easy weeknight dinner that you can get on the table in under an hour!
It is considered a Japanese "comfort dish" and is absolutely delicious. My husband recently ordered it at my favorite Japanese sushi place and it is now one of his favorite dishes (he doesn't eat sushi)!
I mean, katsu curry recipes are so popular in England that McDonald's once had Katsu Curry McNuggets!
You should already have almost everything you need already in your pantry. Boneless skinless chicken, curry powder, onions, carrots, etc.
If you don't typically keep coconut milk in the house, you really should! (and just to be clear, we are talking about canned coconut milk that you find in the Asian food section of your grocery store)
Just in case you don't keep fresh ginger in your fridge (or don't want to deal with peeling it), you can always use jarred minced ginger!
What kind of chicken should I use?
If you order chicken katsu curry in a restaurant, most times they will use a chicken breast. That is actually my preference, but I have made it with a boneless chicken thigh and one of my boys even prefers it that way!
Can't I just use a ready-made curry roux?
Well - you CAN, I guess. Like you, I go to the grocery store and see plenty of mixes and packets of Japanese curry roux mixes. I also look at the sodium count of those mixes so I choose to make it from scratch.
But because I need to be honest, I now keep a few packages of Vermont Curry in my pantry, just in case....
Can I use another protein?
Chicken and pork (tonkatsu) are the most common types of katsu curry recipes, but you can get creative! My daughter is a vegetarian so we have made this exact recipe with tofu. Just make sure to prepare the tofu first!
What about my Air Fryer?
If you want, you can use your air fryer! Just set it for 350F and 18 minutes, flipping it halfway through.
How do I store leftovers?
Yeah - like you are going to have any! But if you do, just like any other dish...just let it cool and store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container!
Can I make it ahead of time and freeze it?
I'm going to be honest with you - I love freezer cooking but this isn't a good one for that! The breading won't be as crisp and the entire texture will change once you reheat it!
Anyway - on to the recipe....