Where's the Beach? Chicken Katsu
- 3/4 cup Aloha shoyu (it's the best, the only really)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Pinch red pepper flakes (only as much as you would feed your lone goldfish)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 package chicken breast cutlets (4 to 6 pieces)
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons water
- Garlic powder (make sure it's powder NOT garlic salt)
- 1/2 cup peanut oil (more if you use a large frying pan)
- 1 cup mochiko ( rice flour)
- 1 package panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
Combine the shoyu, honey, pepper flakes, and sesame oil in a zip-top bag and shake it all together. Then add the chicken. Let the chicken marinate refrigerated overnight, or at least 1 hour.
After marinating take the chicken out of the bag and dry it off with paper towels.
Beat the egg, add the water and garlic powder, to taste. Don't be afraid of the garlic here, but don't go vampire hunting either.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium/medium-high heat. Be sure to watch the oil, if it begins to smoke - turn it down a notch.
Dredge the chicken in the rice flour, then egg, followed by the panko. Place the cutlet into the pan and fry for 5 to 8 minutes on each side. The panko should be crispy and golden brown. Place on a drying rack and finish frying the other pieces.
I like to serve this with sunomono and potato-mac salad.
This is easily a 30 minute meal.
Recipe courtesy Jenni Deylius, Colorado Springs, CO