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Delicious "Karaage Don" Fried Chicken Donburi

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x


How to make delicious "Karaage don" Japanese Fried Chicken Rice Bowl. 





  • 300g (0.6lbs) Chicken thigh – preferably with skin
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sake
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 5 tbsp Potato starch (or corn starch)
  • Oil for frying shallow frying



  1. Cut the chicken thigh into bite size pieces.
    cutting the chicken thigh on a black chopping board
  2. In a zip lock bag or tupperware, add the 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sake, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp garlic paste and 1 tsp ginger paste together with the chicken pieces and marinate for 30 mins in the refrigerator.
    pouring soy condiments into the zip lock bag over the chicken thigh
  3. Sprinkle about 5 tbsp potato starch onto a plate and take the marinated chicken out of the fridge.
    sprinkling potato starch in a silver container
  4. Coat each piece of chicken with the potato starch. (Try to make sure there isn’t too much excess liquid on the chicken. The flavour is already absorbed so you don’t need marinade sitting on top, it can make the starch soggy.)
    coating the marinated chicken pieces with potato starch
  5. Heat the cooking oil to 160°C (320°F) and deep fry the chicken pieces for about 3 minutes on each side.
    Adding the chicken to the oil and shallow frying
  6. Turn up the heat to 190°C (375°F) and fry for 1 minute on each side.
    frying the chicken at a higher temperature
  7. Remove the chicken from the oil and lay out on a wire rack or absorbent kitchen towels to let any excess oil drip off.
    placing the chicken on a wire rack


  1. Dish up the cooked rice into 2 bowls.
    A bowl of rice for donburi
  2. Place ½ cup (about 35g) of shredded cabbage on top of the rice in each bowl.
    Adding a layer of shredded cabbage to rice
  3. Divide the karaage pieces between the 2 bowls.
    Adding a layer of karaage on top of the cabbage
  4. Drizzle with mayonnaise and add 1 tbsp of chopped green onion to each bowl.
    Drizzling karaage with mayonnaise
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge (and red pickled ginger or chili threads for color).
    Sprinkling karaage don with toppings
  6. Enjoy!
    karaage don close up bite


Enjoy by itself or with a bowl of miso soup on the side.

If you want to add extra ingredients, you can add salad vegetables or a soft boiled egg.

  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Meat
  • Method: Shallow Fry
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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