Japanese-Style Fried Chicken

Japanese-Style Fried Chicken

Japanese-Style Fried Chicken

3 T. Soy Sauce 1 ½ T. Dry White Wine, or Saki

Large Pinch Sugar

1 T. grated peeled fresh Ginger

2 cloves Garlic, grated

1 ½ pounds boneless chicken thighs (skin optional) cut into 1 ½ inch pieces

Oil for frying

¾ C. Potato Starch (or cornstarch)


Lemon Wedges


In medium bow, stir together soy sauce, wine, sugar, ginger and garlic until sugar is dissolved.  Add chicken, toss until well coated, and let marinate for 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature, or up to overnight in the refrigerator.   If you have refrigerated, allow to rest 30 minutes at room temperature before proceeding.  Pour oil into heavy bottomed saucepan to a 1” depth and heat over medium high until it reaches 350.  Line large plate with paper towels and put potato starch in medium bowl.  Transfer chicken to starch, allowing excess marinade to drip away first and toss until coated.  Don’t worry about any excess starch.  When oil is ready, add about half the chicken, one piece at a time, and cook, stirring and turning occasionally, until just cooked through and golden brown, 3-5 minutes.  Using spider or tongs, transfer to plate to drain and sprinkle with salt.  Repeat with remaining chicken, letting oil come back up to temperature between bathes.  Serve with lemon wedges.

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