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toriten (chicken tempura) piled up on a brown plate with two halves of kabosu citrus

Oita Style Chicken Tempura (Toriten)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x


How to make light and crispy Oita Style Chicken Tempura (Toriten) with a refreshing homemade citrus dipping sauce.


  • 400g chicken breast (preferable skin-on)


Toriten batter

  • 1 medium egg
  • 50ml chilled water
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp potato starch

Toriten dipping sauce


  1. Cut the chicken breast into large bitesize pieces.
    chicken breast cut into bitesize pieces on wooden chopping board
  2. Add the soy sauce, grated ginger, grated garlic, sake and sesame oil to a mixing bowl, mix well and add the chicken pieces. Mix until the chicken is fully coated, cover with plastic wrap and rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. (I also recommend measuring out the water for the batter at this point and chilling for 30 minutes too!)
    pieces of chicken breast in marinade
  3. Start heating your oil to 170°C (340°F).
  4. Gently whisk the egg with chilled water, try not to let it become too foamy.
    whisked egg in a steel mixing bowl
  5. Sift in the flour and potato starch and mix gently, it's okay if there are lumps in the batter. 
    tempura style batter for making toriten
  6. Dip the chicken in the batter and transfer straight to the oil. Deep fry for 4 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through. 
    toriten (chicken tempura) deep frying in oil
  7. Transfer the chicken to a wire rack to allow the excess oil to drain off.
    deep fried toriten on a wire rack
  8. Mix the kabosu juice (or citrus of your choice), soy sauce and rice vinegar in a small bowl.
    toriten dipping sauce made with soy sauce, rice vinegar and kabosu juice
  9. Dish up and enjoy!
    Toriten (chicken tempura) piece dipped in kabosu dipping sauce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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