Delicious bite-size chicken karaage seasoned with the Japanese all purpose seasoning, Shio Koji! Crunchy, tender and flavorful, this is one of my favorite chicken recipes.
Recently I shared one of my favorite recipe Braised Herb Chicken, that I make with this amazing condiment, Shio Koji. Today I used the same condiment to make Chicken Karaage.
Now, if you are thinking about trying shio koji for the very first time, I highly recommend testing it with this chicken karaage recipe. I’ve made chicken karaage countless times for my family, but it’s never tasted this good! As you bite into the crispy chicken, you can taste the garlic along with delicate umami flavor from the shio koji.
Shio Koji (塩麹, 塩糀) is a rice malt (koji) that has been fermented with sea salt (shio). It is a live food that is rich in enzymes and unlocks the umami flavor in foods.
The texture looks like porridge and has a subtle taste of both sweet and salty. It is often used in place of salt to enhance all kinds of foods. It marinates and tenderizes meat and can be used to season fish and vegetables (read more about it here). (Photo Courtesy: Hikari Miso Co., Ltd.)
Note: If you cannot find shio koji, use 1 tsp. salt instead for this recipe.
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Shio Koji Karaage
- Combine the chicken with shio koji, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in a bowl or large plastic bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
- Heat up a pot of cooking oil for deep-frying. Ideal temperature is about 320-335ºF (160-170ºC).
- When the oil is almost ready, add the potato starch in the bowl or plastic bag with the chicken. Mix and coat the chicken with the starch.
- Gently drop each piece of chicken into the pot and deep fry until golden brown.
- When it’s done, transfer the chicken onto a plate lined with paper towels. Continue with a new batch to deep fry. Serve immediately with slices of lemon.
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