While we try to eat healthy in the Dolphin household, sometimes we just want a special treat. This recipe is actually a favorite of Mr. Dolphin, but while Lion will eat it, there are definitely other forms of chicken he likes better. I usually make this the night before chicken nuggets appear on the daycare’s monthly snack menu since, even though I won’t pretend that fried chicken is healthy, we think chicken karaage is more delicious (and less processed) than the nuggets served at daycare. Lion is happy to have a substitute that is similar to what the other kids are being served.
Chicken karaage is basically a really flavorful Japanese style chicken nugget. It’s generally made with chicken thighs, marinated with seasonings and then mixed with potato starch (or corn starch) before being fried.
What I love about chicken karaage is that it is much easier than most of the other types of fried chicken I’ve made. It takes only about 30 minutes total, with about 5-10 minutes of prep time and the rest devoted to frying. I throw the marinade into a Ziploc bag with the chicken and let it sit, then when it’s time to cook, I throw in the potato starch and mash it together. Other types of fried chicken that I’ve made often involve a dry-wet-dry breading technique, or at the very least, a lot of time putting the dry breading on. With this recipe, you are making more of a batter so it’s faster to put together and the potato starch results in a light non-greasy breading. As a bonus, Lion is always excited to get in on the action and likes to squish the ingredients together in the bag.