Baked Chicken Katsu

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: baked chicken, chicken katsu
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami
Juicy, tender, and crispy baked chicken katsu served with bright spring salad. In this recipe, chicken breast is coated in toasted panko and baked in the oven until golden brown. It makes a much healthier stand-in for greasy fried chicken. So simple and easy, you want to make this tonight!


For Pre-Toasted Panko

For Katsu

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (454 g)
  • kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (30 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp water

To Serve (optional)


  1. Gather all the ingredients. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 ºF (200 ºC). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Crispy Baked Chicken Ingredients

To Pre-Toast Panko

  1. 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.
    Crispy Baked Chicken 1

To Prepare Katsu

  1. Butterfly the chicken breast and cut in half. Using a mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken to equal thickness if necessary. Season salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken.

    Crispy Baked Chicken 2
  2. In a shallow dish, add flour and in another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and water.
    Crispy Baked Chicken 3
  3. Coat each chicken piece in the flour and shake off any excess flour. Dip into the egg mixture and then coat with the toasted panko, pressing firmly to adhere to the chicken.

    Crispy Baked Chicken 4
  4. Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet and bake at 400 ºF (200 ºC) until the chicken is no longer pink inside (internal temperature should be 165 ºF (74 ºC)), about 25-30 minutes.

    Crispy Baked Chicken 5
  5. Serve with salad and tonkatsu sauce on the side.

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Recipe Notes

Tonkatsu sauce: Homemade recipe, click here.



Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.