Easy Karaage Recipe

Some of the best and simplest gluten-free fried chicken you'll ever make.
Easy Karaage Recipe
Photo by Heami Lee

Servings: 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 3 ½ hours (3 hours marinating)


¾ ounce|24 grams ginger, minced
¾ cup|175 ml sake
¾ cup|175 ml soy sauce
3 tablespoon togarashi, divided
2 garlic cloves
1 lime, juiced
8 boneless, skin-on chicken legs (about 2 ½ pounds|1.2 kilograms)
canola oil, for frying
2 cups|296 grams potato starch
1 cup|250 ml kewpie mayo
1 kobosu or yuzu


  1. In a large bowl, mix the ginger, sake, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons tablespoons togarashi, the garlic, and lime juice. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. Heat 2-inches oil in a large saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 350°F.
  3. Place potato starch in a large dish. Working in batches, coat the chicken in the potato starch, shaking off any excess. Fry until golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and zest the kobosu over the top. Serve with kewpie mayonnaise sprinkled with remaining togarashi.

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