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Japanese food are typically pretty healthy but we love deep fried food.  If you are comfortable with deep frying, popular Japanese dishes like Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu are easy to make at home.  However, most people prefer eating these dishes at restaurants because of the mess and cleanup required after deep frying food.

If you can relate to this, then today’s recipe is for you.  This Crispy Baked Chicken (non-fried Chicken Katsu) recipe is super easy and much healthier option too as it’s oven baked.

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My mom is really good at deep frying.  Her deep fried food are always super crispy, never look or taste too oily.  Although I enjoy deep fried food and occasionally make it for my family, I am trying to change our diet to healthier options or recipes if available.

This Crispy Bake Chicken is a wonderful choice if you want to eat a healthier version of Chicken Katsu or if you prefer not to deep fry at home.  You toast panko first, so the color of panko breaded chicken looks just like regular chicken katsu.  I use organic chicken breast in my recipe so it turned out really juicy and flavorful.  With the crispy crust, this crispy baked chicken is very close to deep-fried version.

Now if you want to substitute chicken with pork to make baked Tonkatsu, you need to make sure the pork is thin so it will be cooked completely.

Crispy Baked Chicken (Chicken Katsu) | Easy Japanese Recipes at

I was really surprised how well this crispy baked chicken turned out and best of all, my children loved it as well.  Being a food blogger I cook and eat all kinds of dishes throughout the day and week, and sometimes I have to keep testing (and eating!) until I’m satisfied with the result before I share on Just One Cookbook.  And on top of that, I never have enough exercise to burn the extra calories I take in.

However, since I’ll be one year older this week on Halloween, I’ve committed myself to do more exercise so that I can continue what I love – to cook, eat, and share new recipes with you.

I signed up for a gym membership for the first time in my life!!!  I can’t give any more excuse as my personal trainer will kick my butt!  I guess what I am trying to say is enjoy your food, but make sure you stay healthy!

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Crispy Baked Chicken (Chicken Katsu)
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. (454 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast, rinsed and pat dry
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • Tonkastu Sauce (or make homemade Tonkatsu Sacue
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the panko and oil in a frying pan and toast over medium heat until golden brown. Transfer panko into a shallow dish and allow to cool.
  3. Butterfly and cut the chicken breast in half. Pound the chicken to equal thickness if necessary. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken.
  4. In a shallow dish, add flour and in another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and water.
  5. Dredge each chicken piece in the flour to coat completely, pat off the excess flour. Then dip into the egg mixture and finally coat with the toasted panko. Press on the panko flakes to make sure they adhere to the chicken.
  6. Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink inside, about 25-30 minutes. Serve with tonkatsu sauce.
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  1. I agree about eating katsu and tonkatsu at restaurants – I leave most frying to the professionals. I found a baked chicken recipe once that I’ve been making ever since and it also uses panko…it’s really great and so nice to make healthier, lighter meals at home for everyday. I like how you toast the panko for more flavor and texture.

  2. Sandy

    Hi Nami, sometimes I make this with pork fillet and it turns out good! Hey, I can hear your kids (yes, no?) saying いただきますat the end of the video :)

  3. Hi Nami
    Ooo…this baked version is much more healthier than the fried ones. And this I got to try it out. I need to say no more….having this with the Tonkatsu Sauce taste superb delicious!

  4. I like deep frying too because it is faster and sooo good. :) But don’t get me wrong because I like to bake whenever I have the time. That chicken looks really good and I love the video.

  5. 健康は大切ですね。ジムでトレーナーを採用したことは幸いですがズンバを試したことがありますか。本当に面白いですよ。主にダンスですから体操していることを忘れます。とにかく健康的、美味しいチキンのレシピを是非試したいです。

  6. Oh Nami, this baked chicken katsu looks amazing! My hubby’s loves chicken katsu but I haven’t tried making it for him at home yet since I don’t always like to deep fry as well so this sounds perfect! Thanks so much for sharing and definitely pinning to make this for sure, my hubby will be so pleased – thanks again!
    Hope you have a fantastic birthday on Thursday Nami and enjoy your special :)

  7. Nami, that sounds a wonderful birthday present! Good for you, getting active and fit at the gym. Love the look of this crispy chicken and, like your kids, mine would adore this too. Wishing you a wonderful birthday week, full of fun surprises.

  8. Nowadays without a helper , I try not to deep fry foods that often but I still like to eat deep fried foods, your bake version just come in the right time . Interesting to see you fry panko with oil. I am sure this is a great tip to get crispy baked chicken. Thanks for trying out. Ya I also started to go gym like you .

  9. I’m actually feeling being slim just by reading your recipe Nami….hehehe
    i love crispy chicken but i’m avoiding any deep fried method, i guess this recipe is really helpfull…
    note: i bought the EVOO sprayer for this kind recipe almost a year ago and i guess i’m gonna use it now….

  10. I love the method of oven “frying” and use it all the time for all sorts of things. The chicken looks wonderful and exactly like something I would make for dinner! I’m sure the tonkatsu sauce is perfect with it.

    Love the plates, Nami! They look so pretty in the pictures. Aren’t they wonderful?

    • Thank you Valerie! I was going to send you the link with the picture, but you were fast! :) So happy you noticed this post. It’s my favorite plate. You can tell I tried hard to put Chicken Katsu (a Japanese dish) on western plate. LOL!!! Thank you so much for letting me know the brand! xo

  11. Really like this baked version with panko. I enjoy occasional deep fried stuff and have only attempted a few times. Not afraid of it but not good at it. So this is perfect. Will have to try it. And good luck with the gym!

  12. We love some deep fried food. Aren’t panko the best. Love how crispy it gets the food. This chicken looks lovely Nami, the picture pouring the sauce over is really well captured.
    Early Birthday, Halloween birthday. Enjoy.

    • Asha, yeah I love food that’s deep fried with panko all my life! 😀 And thank you so much for the compliment on the photo and your kind b-day wishes. xoxo

  13. Candice

    This is the perfect recipe for me as I hate the idea of cleaning up the oil, etc. after deep frying. If I wanted to make tonkatsu, would I use the same method, but just replace the pork with chicken?

  14. Happy Birthday (early), Nami, and way to go on signing up for a gym membership! Sounds like a healthy balance between cooking, eating, and taking care of yourself. xo I really like the idea of browned Panko crumbs in this… need to try this one out on the hubby. 😉

  15. Extraordinary idea! You know (I think I told you this…) I always try to “slim down” all the dishes I know (even my last pork recipe is the best example), but some are just impossible to tweak this way. I have always thought Chicken Katsu is one of them, but now I see I was wrong! Thank you for this wonderful idea and good luck with your gym!

  16. Sylvana

    Hi Nami — I am going to try to make this tonight. Thanks for your awesome recipes — your blog taught me how to cook after I graduated from college a year ago! :) Love from Boston.

  17. Toasting the panko first?! What a wonderful idea! I prefer to bake dishes and always use panko because it’s still crispy when baked but I always want that perfect golden color. I am so trying this!

  18. Ooh my friend from work and I were talking about chicken katsu the other day! I was fooled into thinking that your version was fried, not baked. You can barely tell! Thanks for sharing with us, Nami. I will definitely be giving this one a go in the next few weeks :) All the best with the gym – I found that it was really hard to motivate myself the first few weeks but it DOES get a lot easier. Good luck! x

  19. I love your china, Nami. And happy birthday for Halloween and I think it’s great you’re heading to the gym with a personal trainer. I should be doing the same! Sadly, I’m finding the older I get the more time I need to spend exercising. I love the look of your chicken dish as everyone in my family would eat this and really enjoy it – fabulous that you don’t need to break out the deep fryer as well xx

    • Thank you so much for your birthday wishes Charlie! I completely agree with you about needing more exercise time. I used to lose weight by not eating, but now even I don’t eat, I don’t lose weight AT ALL. I need a trainer because it’s really my first time and I have no idea how to use all the machine or even how to exercise in general.. xD You look beautiful in the halloween costume at Lorraine’s. If I have your body, I won’t worry anything!! 😀

  20. I have to try this! I love chicken katsu and tonkatsu, but I don’t love deep-frying at home and only do it about once a year. And I like the color the panko takes on after toasting. Good for you for signing up for the gym! I joined the YMCA last January and it’s changed my life. I’m 25 pounds lighter and best of all, I feel great. Blogging really isn’t so great for our waistlines sometimes. :)

    • Hi Shirley! Did you just say 25 lbs?! OMG I’d do anything to lose 25 lbs. My worry is that I won’t even lose that much even though I exercise… haha. Thanks so much for inspiration!

  21. Mae

    II made this recipe tonight and it was great. When I told my spouse that I was preparing chicken katsu, he looked at me in disbelief that he did not want me cooking the katsu in oil and making our home smelling “oily”.
    I told him that it is cooked in the oven and the results were just amazing. Really crisp and with the katsu sauce, it was a winner. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Hi Mae! You made it already!! YAY!!! I’m so happy you liked this recipe! No more deep fried katsu for you! Healthy and no more worry about oil smell in the house! 😀 Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so glad! :) xp

  22. I don’t mind frying once in a great while, but on a weekly basis, it’s dishes like these that are very appealing for their ease of making and they are so much healthier. I love your recipe Nami! Thanks!

  23. Sometimes it’s so wonderful to enjoy a fried treat. I love fried foods too but do hate to fry. Once in a while I’ll give in and do it, I do like this alternative method . When I received your email and saw the chicken, I’ve been craving it since yesterday!
    Gonna have to make some.


  24. Great alternative to bake rather than fry. Another plus of this recipe is that you be doing other things like helping your kids with homework for a good 25 minutes while they bake. Good luck with you new trainer at the gym. I bet you are going to find all kinds of muscles that you never knew you even had. LOL

  25. As always, they looks so easy to make! :) Thank you Nami for sharing this recipe! Do you think this could also be done to pork? I don’t like deep frying so much any more..I will def try this next week! 😀 Don’t worry about aging, you look great! Advance happy birthday!

  26. Haha, being a food blogger isn`t easy for our bodies! I`m constantly trying to eat healthy if I can (outside of all that junk I`m baking…haha) and exercise as many times as I can during the week.

    I LOVE this. It`s hassle free from the deep frying…AND I love that you toast the panko crumbs!

  27. Although I love the idea of deep frying, I always choose the oven baked alternative for health purposes! The chicken would be perfect not only for me but also for my family too Nami!

  28. I love tonkatsu and this crispy baked chicken looks like a dish my family will enjoy. I just got back from my trip to SF and LA and it’s a good idea today to plan my menu again, so I headed straight to my blog subscriptions, yours being top of my list. Glad I found this recipe. Thanks for sharing, Nami. Hope all is well :-)

  29. Crispy baked chicken is a wonderful idea – I love serving that and crispy baked thin pork tenderloin slices with a big fat salad too – it really is the perfect family fare. Your oven baked chicken breasts looks incredibly crispy! Perfect done and perfectly delicious!
    Love your presentation on that beautiful plate!

  30. This idea looks great!
    I love deep fried food too, but after so many years of eating fried food outside, I start to concern about healthier and higher quality food. I love this baked idea, not only because it used so few oil, also you could choose higher quality meat/poultry than restaurant.
    Your step by step instructions are clear and easy to follow. And now every recipe comes with a video! Can’t imagine how long does it take to work on every day!

    • Thanks Maggie! We’re trying to shoot a video also for every recipe in the future, BUT it takes so much time to shoot these days because of step by step photos AND video…not to mention edits. >_< But hope that readers are enjoying them and that they think both videos and step by steps are useful. :)

  31. Megumi

    There’s a really good sauce that goes well with this. The sauce is called Aurora sauce. It’s a popular sauce in Japan right now and many people really enjoy it. They also say that it goes well with anything but the other day I tried it with this chicken and it was amazing!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t know where my mom found this recipe… (It was on a japanese website.) The ingredients don’t sound all that great, but once you mix it all together, it is really good!
    Japanese Mayonnaise

    I also don’t know how much of each, but just experiment with it and try it some kind of meal.

    • Hi Megumi! Thank you so much for sharing, and I’ll definitely give it a try! :) I’ve done ketchup and mayo (1:1) but haven’t added vinegar and pepper before. Thank you Megumi!

  32. Shirley

    Tried your recipe last night. It turned out good and my family loved it. My husband was surprised when he learnt that it was baked. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Hi Shirley! I’m so happy to hear that your husband thought it was deep fried. 😉 That’s a great compliment! Thank you for trying this recipe and for your feedback!

  33. Jeanna

    Thank you, I was looking all over for a chicken katsu type of recipe that did not involve deep frying. This looks great, I may try it for dinner tonight! I like your site.

  34. Ju

    Can I replace with chicken thigh or drum? Do I need to remove the skin & bone? Your videos are a great help for newbies like me. Thanks.

    • Hi Ju! Sure, chicken thigh is a good option! Drumstick may take extra time to cook (especially with bone), so it may be better when it’s fried. I’ve never made it with drumsticks, but it’s bigger and longer time to cook. I’d recommend chicken thigh. Glad to hear the videos are helpful! :)

  35. Fenny

    Hi Nami,
    I was just curious, I wonder why you used flour first instead of using breadcrumbs twice? I hope my question makes sense ;D. Here in Indonesia we’re so used to using breadcrumbs 2-3 times; first we dip it in egg wash, breadcrumbs, then egg again and breadcrumbs again until 2-3 times.

    • Hi Fenny! Well, that’s how we typically do in Japan. :) We think flour is to prevent the flavor/umami from leaving the meat and to keep the panko layer stay on the food. If you don’t put flour, it’s easy to separate panko and meat.

      So we do flour, egg, and panko in this order. Sometimes to make the fried food looks bigger, we do flour, egg, panko, egg, panko. :)

      It’s the same reason we dust flour before dipping in tempura batter too. :)

      • Fenny

        Ahhh.. ok, interesting! Different countries have different cooking methods.

        I see what you mean about fried food looks bigger! That’s why here in Indonesia, we dip it in panko/ breadcrumbs more than twice hahaha..

        Looking forward to trying your method. Thanks, Nami! 😀

  36. Lawrence

    I love Tonkatsu or the chicken variety, but yes, the mess it makes…. not to mention you’ve to throw away your frying oil after…

    Thanks for this recipe, I will give it a try tomorrow.

  37. Lily Chua

    Hi I just baked this dish – hen I pohed the chicken with a fork I can see the juice come out! The chicken is really tasty :) thanks for the recipe!

  38. Karolina

    Hi Nami!
    I’ve just done this crispy baked chicken and it turned out amazing. Thanks so much for this recipe!
    It made our dinner unforgettable :)