Oh Boy! Fried Chicken my favourite! I have had countless different versions of fried chicken over my lifetime. It’s my favourite food all time I would say. But none has exceeded Japanese style fried chicken known as Karage. This is the perfect fried chicken because its simple and quick. A lot of fried chicken can take up to 15 minutes or more to cook through. Not Chicken Karage, its flash fried boneless chicken thighs that cooks in minutes, less oil and fat to clog up your arteries. When its done its tender and juicy, its delicious hot or cold.
7-8 boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon of cooking wine or sake
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon or so of sesame seed oil
1 knob of ginger root (about the size of your thumb)
cornstarch enough to coat the chicken
Oil for frying
First cut the chicken thighs into 3-4 chunks if possible and place is a bowl. Using a food processor mince up the ginger root. Now you can add all the minced ginger into the bowl or you can reserve half of it for a tasty ginger scallion sauce for dipping. Add the ginger and wine/sake, soy sauce and sesame oil and cornstarch and a sprinkle or two of the sesame seeds. Mix together until it all looks coated.
In a pot or a shallow pan heat up enough oil to fry the chicken, make sure the oil is hot. Best to do this in batches as the temperature of the oil will drop once you add the chicken. The chicken will cook very quickly maybe 2-3 minutes. using a metal slotted spoon move the chicken around so as it doesn’t stick togethers. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.