Delicious Japanese Chicken Dishes to Try -

Delicious Japanese Chicken Dishes to Try

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There are many Japanese chicken dishes that are worth a try. They cook their chicken in various sauces and in a very healthy way. Here are some delectable Japanese chicken dishes.


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Yakitori, or grilled chicken on skewers, is a street-food favorite among Japanese people of all ages. Generally two types of seasonings are available—a soy sauce-based sauce that is a bit on the sweet side or a simple sprinkling of salt that keeps the natural taste of the chicken front and center. The most common types of yakitori include chicken breast skewers with the option of grilled leaks (known as “negima”), wings, cartilage (which give a nice crunch), meatballs, and liver. Eat the chicken straight off the wooden skewer, or if you’re sharing, slide the meat off the stick and enjoy as a messy finger food. Shichimi, or Japanese seven spice blend, is a popular condiment to have with yakitori.


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Teriyaki is by far one of the most famous ways of preparing chicken in Japan. The chicken is glazed with a teriyaki sauce comprised of soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar, which gives the Japanese chicken dish its mouthwatering caramelization. Sesame seeds may be sprinkled on as a garnish, and you will often find this dish in bento or atop a bowl of rice at casual eateries. Teriyaki-style burgers are also available at some fast food joints.

Chicken Karaage (Fried Chicken)

Japanese-style fried chicken, called “karaage,” can be found on the menu of almost any Japanese pub, and is usually garnished with a slice of lemon. It’s also a favorite bento entrée, popular with salarymen for being tasty, yet affordable. What makes karaage unique from Western-style fried chicken is that it is first marinated in soy sauce, sake, and grated ginger or garlic before being coated and fried.

Tebasaki (Chicken Wings)

Tebasaki refers to Japanese-style chicken wings; and if you’re looking to get your hands on some, we suggest visiting Nagoya, which is famous for its spicy, salty-sweet and sticky version. You can find restaurants around the city specializing in tebasaki, and locals are known to be able to adeptly clean the meat off a wing in one quick bite. Another popular style of tebasaki available at yakitori joints is a simple grilled wing seasoned only with a dash of salt.

Toriten (Tempura-Style Fried Chicken)

Toriten is a dish of chicken fried tempura style, and is often eaten in the Shikoku area of western Japan. It’s a popular addition to a bowl of steaming udon, and in the onsen town of Beppu on the coast of Kyushu island, it’s simply paired with a frosty mug of draft beer.

Torikatsu (Fried Chicken Cutlet)

Like the Japanese pork cutlet tonkatsu, chicken breast is breaded and fried, and served with Worcestershire sauce and a pile of freshly sliced cabbage. Torikatsu can also be served over a bowl of rice.

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