Chicken Katsu Curry

Crispy breaded chicken topped with katsu curry and white rice behind

Have you ever been to Wagamama? If you have, you may well have tried their very popular dish, Chicken Katsu Curry. Crispy, breaded chicken with a flavourful curry sauce and fluffy rice. It’s a cracking dish, and here’s my make-at-home version.

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The idea behind Chicken Katsu Curry is simple (and has mirrors in many other regional dishes around the world) – a breadcrumbed and fried (or baked) meat topped with a properly delicious sauce.

I once thought that bread crumbing meat like this was tricky. How do you make sure the outside is golden and crisp, but not overdone? How do you make sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through? In actual fact, it’s very straightforward. If you bash the chicken breasts flat, they need less cooking – meaning that it’s easy to cook them evenly. Here, I fried them to start with to give them that golden colour, then popped them in the oven to cook through. Easy peasy!

Just a warning before we jump into the recipe – you’re going to want to drink that curry sauce!

Chicken Katsu Curry – The Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil – for the frying. You could also use butter.
  • Onion – use one medium/large white or yellow onion.
  • Garlic – use more if you’re a big garlic fan, up to 5 cloves.
  • Turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, curry powder – a killer mix to make a delicious katsu curry sauce.
  • Plain flour – to thicken the sauce.
  • Coconut milk – I’d recommend using full fat – it’s more flavourful (and better value, the reduced fat stuff is just watered down anyway).
  • Tomato puree – to give the sauce that colour and a rich, sweet flavour.
  • Chicken breast – try to find two that are as similar in size as possible – that way, they’ll cook in the same amount of time.
  • Eggs – to stick the breadcrumbs to the chicken.
  • Panko breadcrumbs – I recommend panko over any other type of breadcrumbs. They go super crisp.
  • Rice – a big pile of fluffy white rice is perfect.

Cooking the Katsu Curry

The hardest bit about this recipe is cooking the chicken, but follow those instructions in the recipe and it’ll be great. Here are some other tips;

  • You could whizz the sauce smooth in a food processor to get a proper Wagamama texture.
  • If your sauce goes lumpy after you add the coconut milk, a whisk is your friend. Whisk it well – then the flour will combine more easily with the sauce.

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Crispy breaded chicken topped with katsu curry and white rice behind

Chicken Katsu Curry

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Harriet Young
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • 4 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsps curry powder
  • 60 g plain flour
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g panko breadcrumbs
  • 250 g cooked rice to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius.
  • Start by making the curry sauce. Chop the onion, and put in a large saucepan with 1 tbsp of the vegetable oil. Cook gently for 5 minutes, then add the chopped garlic and all of the spices. Stir well. Add 1 tbsp of the plain flour, stir, then add the coconut milk and tomato puree. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt if required.
  • For the chicken, place the breasts between a piece of clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin to squash a little. Take 3 dishes. Pour the remaining flour into the first, break the eggs into the second and beat them, pour the panko breadcrumbs into the third.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Coat the chicken breasts first in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs. Add to the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Transfer to a baking tray and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
  • To serve, slice the chicken and serve with the curry sauce poured over the top, and a pile of rice on the side. Enjoy it!
Keyword chicken, curry, fakeaway

18 responses to “Chicken Katsu Curry”

  1. Oh wow definitely ging to give this ne a whirl – eat your heart out Wagamamas………

  2. This is great I love this stuff! Xx

  3. Reblogged this on love from Leyla and commented:
    I love this recipe by Harriet of What To Have For Dinner Tonight, it’s definitely something we’ll be trying out this weekend!

  4. Love this!
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  5. Yum! We love the Wagamama version so will definitely try and make this at home one day!

  6. This is so beautiful! Your photography is great.

  7. Reblogged this on Zara's Hungry and commented:
    I know, I haven’t posted in awhile and here I am (eek) reblogging. But doesn’t this look delightful dear readers?
    New things in the works for us over here at ZH. Stay tuned (and make this seriously AH-MAH-ZING dish! – with your kids of course!!)

  8. Super jealous right now, as Wagamama’s Chicken Katsu Curry is my favourite dish they serve (though, admittedly, the only thing I’ve ever ordered). In fact, it was the first dish I posted to my blog, before I even attempted to take nice photos:
    Anyways, this looks super delicious – such a great choice for a hump day meal.

  9. never thought of making chicken katsu with curry flavors!

  10. Love that you’re making your own version of something you’d have out (as restaurants always use so much more oil) – I’d recommend swapping out the veggie oil (high in Omega 6) with healthier coconut oil (omega 3s)…..

    1. Thanks for the tip! Will do next time I make it 🙂

  11. This looks and sounds wonderful!!!

  12. Just made it! So tasty. I added about a Tablespoon of fish sauce to the sauce. Definitely will make again. Thank you.

  13. 5 stars
    This is surely my comfort food. Love the Katsu curry recipe and the chicken topping too. Best option for any meal.

  14. 5 stars
    The chicken was perfectly crispy and the curry sauce had just the right amount of spice. It was easy to make and the flavors were spot on.

  15. 5 stars
    I’d never tried Chicken Katsu, but my family loves curry so I was hopeful for this new recipe. Your instructions were so easy to follow, and this recipe is a HIT!

  16. 5 stars
    I made this katsu curry over the weekend and it was delicious! Easy to make and my whole family loved it!

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