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.
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.
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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- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- In a shallow dish, add flour and in another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and water.
- 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.
- Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until the chicken is no longer pink inside, about 25-30 minutes. Serve with tonkatsu sauce.