Chicken Karaage with Furikake

Chicken Karaage with Furikake

Chicken karaage with furikake is a delicious Japanese dish that combines crispy fried chicken with a flavorful seasoning called furikake. Furikake is a Japanese condiment made from a mixture of dried seaweed, sesame seeds, salt, sugar, and other savory ingredients.

To make chicken karaage with furikake, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine) or dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Furikake, to sprinkle

Here's how you can prepare chicken karaage with furikake:

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sake (or white wine), minced garlic, and grated ginger. Mix well.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and stir to coat evenly. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes, but for best results, marinate it for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. In a separate bowl, place the cornstarch or potato starch. Remove each chicken piece from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off, and then coat it in the starch, shaking off any excess.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a deep pot or skillet over medium heat. The oil should be about 1 inch deep. You can test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small piece of chicken into it. If it sizzles and starts frying immediately, the oil is ready.
  5. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Fry them in batches if necessary. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the fried chicken from the oil and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  7. Sprinkle the furikake seasoning generously over the cooked chicken while it's still hot. You can use any variety of furikake you prefer, such as nori (seaweed) furikake or sesame furikake.
  8. Serve the chicken karaage with furikake hot as an appetizer, side dish, or as a main course along with steamed rice and a dipping sauce such as soy sauce or mayonnaise mixed with a little bit of sriracha for some heat.

Enjoy your chicken karaage with furikake!

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