Air Fryer Chicken Katsu | Everyday family kitchen

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If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner with a Japanese twist, this Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Recipe is for you. This comforting dish is delicious, versatile, and easy to make.

Panko breadcrumbs make this Chicken Katsu Air Fryer Recipe irresistibly crispy and golden brown on the outside with tender, juicy meat on the inside.

Signature katsu sauce is flavorful and savory with just the right amount of sweetness. You’ll be amazed at how simple ingredients can create such a tasty masterpiece, and your family will surely agree.

Air Fryer Chicken Katsu is a kid-friendly recipe that’s versatile enough for even the pickiest of eaters.

Serve it with rice and vegetables, enjoy it on a sandwich or combine it with french fries and different sauces. There’s no wrong way to enjoy this dish!

Because we air fry chicken katsu, it has the added benefit of being far healthier than traditional fried versions.

This is one of my favorite things about cooking in the air fryer. We can have perfectly flaky, golden brown bites without gallons of oil or huge greasy messes involved!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • Everything you need to make this Easy Air Fryer Chicken Katsu.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to make perfectly crispy Air Fryer Chicken Katsu.
  • Recipe suggestions to serve with your chicken katsu.

This Chicken Katsu Air Fryer recipe is easy and irresistibly delicious. It’s the perfect idea for your next chicken dinner.

I made this recipe with that 5.8 QT Cosori hot air fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

Ingredients for chicken katsu

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Katsu

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient details can be found at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Pat your chicken breasts dry and use a sharp knife to cut them in half horizontally, making four fillets. Use a meat tenderizer to make each piece ½ inch thick – season with salt and pepper.

STEP TWO: Spray the inner basket of your air fryer with cooking spray and preheat to 350 degrees F.

raw chicken and breading in bowl

STEP THREE: Whisk together the water and egg in a wide, shallow bowl until well combined. Place the panko breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dip each chicken piece in the egg mixture before evenly brushing with the panko crumbs. Repeat this process to double coat each piece.

STEP FOUR: Arrange the chicken in an even layer in the basket and spray the top with cooking spray. Air roast the chicken for 16-18 minutes, turning frequently and spraying with cooking spray. Repeat for all chicken pieces. The chicken will be golden brown and should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when done.

Air Fryer with Chicken Katsu

STEP FIVE: While your chicken is cooking, prepare your katsu sauce by combining all the ingredients and whisking until combined. Feel free to customize to taste.

cooked chicken katsu in air fryer basket

STEP SIX: Transfer the cooked chicken from the air fryer to the cutting board and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve over rice with veggies and your prepared katsu sauce. Enjoy!

What is chicken katsu made of?

Chicken katsu is a popular Japanese home cooking. Thin chicken chops are dredged in an egg mixture before being coated in panko crumbs, fried and served with signature katsu sauce.

You end up with chicken that is perfectly golden and crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.

Katsu sauce is similar to barbecue sauce and usually contains a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, soy or oyster sauce, tomatoes, spices and sugar.

You can make the basic katsu sauce included in this recipe, or you can opt for a store-bought variant like this Kikkoman Katsu Sauce.

Does panko work in the air fryer?

Yes! Panko breadcrumbs make this air fryer chicken katsu so crispy and delicious. Just make sure they stick well to the surface of your food to avoid making too much mess.

Platter of Air Fryer Chicken Katsu

What do you serve with Air Fryer Chicken Katsu?

Traditionally, katsu is served with a pile of steaming rice and vegetables. Here are some easy recipes to get you started:

Air Fryer Chicken Katsu is also perfect as a sandwich or as chicken fingers. Try combining it with some of these recipes to make a meal out of it:

Air fryer chicken katsu with sauce on top

What is the difference between Chicken Katsu and Chicken Cutlet?

Japanese chicken katsu and western chicken cutlets are similar, with a few key differences. Both are thin, breaded pieces of chicken that are fried to perfection.

Chicken katsu is different because it uses panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs. This gives the dish the distinctive golden-brown, flaky crust that sets it apart from the schnitzel.

And of course, we can’t forget the katsu sauce that the whole dish is named after. The katsu sauce gives this air fryer chicken katsu its savory, sweet and distinctive taste.

Chopsticks holding a piece of chicken

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preparation time
15 minutes

cooking time
25 minutes

rest time
5 minutes

total time
45 minutes

ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • Kosher salt to taste

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon of water

  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs

katsu sauce

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce (or soy sauce), plus more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

Serve with

  • Steamed Rice

  • Steamed vegetables

  • katsu sauce

instructions

  1. Pat dry the chicken breasts with kitchen paper, then cut in half horizontally with a sharp knife to create four fillets. If necessary, use a meat tenderizer to pound each portion to about ½ inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F and spray the inner basket with cooking spray.
  3. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk the egg and water until well combined. In a second bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Dip the chicken in the egg, then press into the breadcrumbs and coat evenly. Repeat the process a second time with each piece and double coat them.
  5. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket in an even layer and spray the top with cooking spray.
  6. Air roast for 16-18 minutes, gently turning chicken halfway through and spraying with cooking spray before continuing to cook, until golden brown and 165 degrees F on the inside. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
  7. Place the katsu on a cutting board to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with rice, vegetables and katsu sauce.

KATSU SAUCE:

  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well. Adjust the flavors to your liking and make it saltier or sweeter depending on your preference. Chill leftover sauce.

Nutritional Information:

Yield:

4

Serving size:

1

Amount per serving:
Calories: 482total fat: 10gSaturated Fatty Acids: 3gTrans fats: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 894mgCarbohydrates: 58grFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 38g

This nutritional information is based on the exact ingredients I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products can alter the exact diet and should always be calculated independently.

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