Karaage chicken with Sriracha mayonnaise

This crispy chicken karaage recipe makes a perfect snack or a moreish finger food.

  • 35 mins cooking + refrigeration
  • Serves 4
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This recipe is from our cookbook, Lunch Box.


  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 600 grams chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 cups (300g) potato flour
  • 1/3 cup (100g) Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (optional)


  • 1
    Place ginger, garlic, tamari, mirin and sesame oil in a large bowl; whisk to combine. Add chicken; turn to coat in marinade. Cover; refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  • 2
    Heat oil for deep-frying in a deep heavy-based frying pan to 170°C.
  • 3
    Place potato flour in a shallow bowl. Drain chicken well; discard excess marinade. Add chicken pieces, in batches, to flour; toss to coat, shaking off excess.
  • 4
    Cook chicken, in batches, for 4 minutes or until crisp and golden on the outside and chicken is cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Increase oil to 180°C. Cook in batches a second time for 1 minute.
  • 5
    Combine mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl. Serve chicken karaage with Sriracha mayonnaise.


  • Use your favourite mayonnaise instead of japanese mayonnaise, if preferred. Alternatively, instead of making sriracha mayonnaise, serve with your favourite purchased aÏoli.
  • Karaage chicken and sriracha mayo can be made the night before.
  • Pack cooled chicken and sriracha mayonnaise in separate airtight containers. Transport in cooler bags.Refrigerate until ready to take. You can eat the chicken cold or reheat it in a microwave, if preferred.

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