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Japanese Chicken Curry

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: curry roux, japanese curry
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Delicious Japanese chicken curry recipe for a weeknight dinner! Tender pieces of chicken, carrots and potatoes cooked in a rich savory curry sauce, this Japanese version of curry is a must-keep for your family meal. 


  • 1.2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (or beef, pork, seafood, tofu, or vegetables)
  • kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1-2 potatoes
  • ½ Tbsp ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
  • 1 QT water (1 QT = 4 cups or 1000 ml) (or chicken stock)
  • 1 apple (I used Fuji apple)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • 1 box Japanese curry roux (1 box = 7 oz or 200 g) (See Notes for homemade recipe)
  • Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup


  • soft/hard-boiled egg
  • Fukujinzuke (red pickled daikon)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

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  2. Discard the extra fat from the chicken and cut it into bite size pieces. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper.
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  3. Peel and cut the carrot in rolling wedges (Rangiri) and cut the onions in wedges.
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  4. Cut the potatoes into 1.5 inch pieces and soak in water for 15 minutes to remove excess starch.
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  5. Grate the ginger and crush the garlic.
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  6. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat and sauté the onions until they become translucent.
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  7. Add the ginger and garlic.
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  8. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken changes color.
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  9. Add the carrot and mix.
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  10. Add the chicken broth (or water).
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  11. Bring the stock to boil and skim the scrum and fat from the surface of the stock.
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  12. Peel the apple and coarsely grate it.
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  13. Add the honey and salt and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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  14. Add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, and turn off the heat. Meanwhile you can make homemade curry roux.
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  15. When the potatoes are ready, add the curry. If you use the store-bought curry roux, put 1-2 blocks of roux in a ladle and slowly let it dissolve with spoon or chopsticks. Continue with the rest of blocks. Then go to Step #17.
  16. If you are using homemade curry roux, add a ladleful or two of cooking liquid from the stock and mix into the curry paste. Add more cooking liquid if necessary and mix well until it’s smooth.
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  17. Add the roux paste back into the stock in the large pot and stir to combine.
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  18. Add soy sauce and ketchup. Simmer uncovered on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the curry becomes thick.
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  19. Serve the curry with Japanese rice on the side and garnish with soft boiled egg and Fukujinzuke. You can store the curry in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days and in the freezer for 1 month. Potatoes will change the texture so you can take them out before freezing.

Recipe Notes

Japanese curry roux: Homemade recipe, click here.



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