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Shio Koji Karaage

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: chicken karaage, shio koji
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
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.


  • 1 lb boneless skin-on chicken thighs (1 lb = 450g) (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 4 tbsp Hikari Miso Shio Koji
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp grated garlic (grated or crushed)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup potato starch/corn starch
  • neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
  • Lemon wedges (to serve)


  1. Combine the chicken with Hikari Miso Shio Koji, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in a bowl or large plastic bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 1 day).
  2. Heat up a pot of cooking oil for deep-frying. Ideal temperature is about 320-335F (160-170C).
  3. 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.
  4. Gently drop each piece of chicken into the pot and deep fry until golden brown.
  5. 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.