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Here’s How To Recreate Your Favorite Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry Using A “Healthier” Kind Of Chicken

Filipinos have been having an ongoing love affair with Japanese food, from sashimi to okonomiyaki, and everything in between, including Japanese curry dishes. What’s great is, unlike sushi or ramen, you don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy Japanese curry. I recently learned a great recipe for chicken katsu curry at a Japanese cooking session sponsored by Backyard Farms Chicken.

 

Whole dressed chicken by Backyard Farms

 

Backyard Farms has been a prime source for antibiotic and hormone free, and pasture raised chicken since 2015. While it may not be the only provider of these “healthier” chickens, one thing I can say for sure is it’s the tastier option, especially when used for Chicken Tinola, which is what we ended up cooking at home recently using a whole dressed Backyard Farms chicken—making my parents and me instant converts to this brand.

 

Tita April at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen (photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Backyard Farms launched its chicken choice cuts via a series of cooking sessions featuring Japanese recipes by Tita April, the mother of one of the Backyard Farms partners, who lived in Japan for a couple of years. She happily shared with us some of her delicious Japanese home-style recipes using Backyard Farms Chicken choice cuts during a fun afternoon cooking session held at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen. With these new choice cuts, you no longer need to buy a whole chicken to use certain parts or worry about cutting up a chicken—making this product a more convenient and economical option.

 

Chicken Gyoza

 

Tita April demonstrated Chicken Gyoza using minced Backyard Farms chicken thighs. She also shared her delicious recipe for Chicken Katsu Curry, which can be easily done at home using Backyard Farms chicken breast.

 

 

Chicken Katsu Curry

Serves 2

 

  • 200 grams chicken breast
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 egg
  • breadcrumbs
  • cooking oil, for frying
  • store-bought curry sauce

 

1. Remove skin from chicken breast.

2. Wrap chicken with plastic wrap and pound both sides to tenderize.

3. Wipe a tray with a wet cloth and sprinkle on salt and pepper.

4. Unwrap the chicken and lay the pieces on the tray. Sprinkle more salt and pepper on the chicken.

5. Dust flour on another tray. Sprinkle flour on both sides of the chicken and shake off the excess.

6. Mix together the water, oil, and egg in a bowl. Then strain into another bowl. Spread this egg mixture to cover the chicken entirely, and shake off the excess.

7. In another tray, coat the chicken with breadcrumbs, and lightly shake off the excess.

8. Heat the cooking oil and fry the chicken at 180°C. Turn over after 3 minutes, and fry the other side for another 3 minutes. Transfer to a tray lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

9. Serve the chicken katsu with curry sauce, mixed vegetables (recipe below), and steamed rice.

 

MIXED VEGETABLES:

  • 1 tablespoon salad oil
  • 100 grams onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • assorted vegetables (carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, green bell pepper), cut into triangles
  • bay leaf
  • red pepper flakes, optional
  • water
  • vegetable or tomato juice

 

1. Heat oil in a skillet and sauté onions, garlic, ginger until golden brown. Do not burn.

2. Add curry powder and sauté.

3. Mix in assorted vegetables and bay leaf. Add red pepper flakes for added heat, if desired

4. Pour water and vegetable or tomato juice. Boil until vegetables are tender. Turn to low heat and remove scum.

5. Drain vegetables and serve with chicken katsu.

 

COOK’S NOTE:

For the curry sauce, use S&B brand (or any other available brands) which can be found in major supermarkets and Japanese groceries. Every home cook in Japan uses store-bought curry sauce to save on time and get the same satisfaction regarding the taste. To adjust how rich you want the sauce, you can dilute with water and vegetable juice, adjusted as desired.

 

Backyard Farms whole chicken is available at all Rustan’s Supermarkets nationwide. Choice cuts are available for delivery in BGC/Makati/Ayala Alabang and select Rustan’s Supermarkets. For more information, visit http://backyardfarms.ph/

 

Photos courtesy of Backyard Farms

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