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Air Fryer Karaage

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Ellen Grant
• Sunday, 27 December, 2020
• 7 min read

Learn how to make crispy air fried garage with the Ninja air fryer in under 15 minutes. Kara age (pronounced kah-rah-ah-geh) is a Japanese style deep-fried marinated chicken dish that is crispy on the outside but juicy and bursting with flavor on the inside.

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Kara age is also served in bentos with shredded cabbage and a squeeze of lemon juice. It is much healthier and easier to prepare Kara age in the air fryer compared to the traditional method of deep-frying.

The outer crust is still crispy and the chicken meat is tender and savory with sweetened soy, ginger, and garlic. I actually prefer preparing garage with pre-made mix as it cuts the prep time down to 5 minutes.

When making it from scratch, your results can vary a bit depending on the brand of the raw ingredients. When making Kara age from scratch, the chicken is marinated in a sweet soy sauce and then dredged with potato starch.

Also, rather than having whole chicken parts, the thighs are cut into small chunks which makes cooking times quick and easier to manage. Coating Cut the chicken up into bite size pieces Put the chicken into a Ziploc bag along with the marinade ingredients: soy sauce, Marin, ginger, garlic, and salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl or Ziploc toss the chicken in the potato starch to give it a nice even coating. Place the chicken in the air fryer on top of the wire rack and apply a light coating of oil spray so that there aren’t any dry potato starch spots left.

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Put the chicken into a Ziploc bag along with the marinade ingredients: soy sauce, Marin, ginger, garlic, and salt and pepper. In a separate bowl or Ziploc toss the chicken in the potato starch to give it a nice even coating.

The first time I tried Chicken Kara age at a Japanese restaurant it was truly loved at first bite! I was hooked on the super crispy exterior and incredibly tender flavorful chicken inside.

I decided to discover just what makes Japanese Fried Chicken so darned special in order to recreate the recipe at home. Kara age (pronounced ka-ra-ah-geh) refers to the cooking method of deep-frying in oil.

The dish can be made with seafood or various types of meat but chicken is probably the most common. Kara age marinade Chicken Kara age gets a real flavor boost from its killer marinade which is made of soy sauce, sake, sugar, garlic and freshly grated ginger.

The Therapy is used here to both monitor the oil temperature AND to check whether the chicken is cooked properly. Don’t try to fry all your chicken pieces at once as this will cause the oil temperature to drop suddenly.

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Cut your skinless and boneless chicken thighs into even smallish pieces and remove any visible fat. Put the chicken into a bowl and add minced garlic, honey, soy sauce, sake and grated ginger.

Stir to combine, cover and leave to marinate for at least an hour (in the fridge). Bring back to room temperature for 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Don’t worry if the coating is uneven, this works to your advantage to give the chicken an authentic texture. When the oil reaches a temperature of 160-165C/320-329F) start frying your chicken in batches.

Transfer chicken to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, some Japanese Seven Spice seasoning and a side of wasabi mayo.

Post a photo on my Facebook page, share it on Instagram, or save it to Pinterest with the tag #supergoldenbakes and make my day Put the chicken into a bowl and add minced garlic, honey, soy sauce, sake and grated ginger.

karaage air fryer vegan cooking ingredients
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Stir to combine, cover and leave to marinate for at least an hour (in the fridge). Bring back to room temperature for 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Don’t worry if the coating is not even, this works to your advantage to give the chicken an authentic texture. When the oil reaches a temperature of 160C/320F start frying your chicken in batches.

Continue cooking the chicken but make sure the oil temperature hasn’t dropped / climbed in the meantime. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, some Japanese Seven Spice seasoning and a side of wasabi mayo.

A savvy mum has shared how she prepared homemade Chicken Kara age for her family in her 5.3 liter Kmart air fryer. Sharing the recipe to a popular Facebook group, the woman used soy sauce, cooking sake, sesame oil, grated ginger and crushed garlic to marinate the chicken pieces then tossed in flour and potato starch.

A mum has shared how she prepared homemade Chicken Kara age for her family in her 5.3 liter Kmart air fryer The mum cooked the chicken in the air fryer at 200 degrees Celsius and said she double fried the pieces for added crispiness.

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Earlier this month an Australian dad known for making delicious and simple homemade meals went viral on TikTok after sharing how to cook up sausages also in an air fryer. He cooked five Cole's beef sausages for 16 minutes at 185 degrees Celsius in the air fryer after filling it with oil.

Every one loves a great fried chicken meal, it’s an unforgettable flavor implosion of crispy, juicy, savory hits. Its origins were adapted from Chinese culinary cuisine, but over time became something uniquely Japanese.

Bottom right up: raw sugar, soda sauce, ground ginger, garlic, sake and olive oil. And most marinades for Chicken Kara age call for a mix of garlic, ginger, sake, soda sauce and a little sugar.

Unlike corn or plain flours, potato starch creates an extra lasting crispness over the morsels of chicken. Potato starch is gluten free and lends a light fluffy texture to baked, fried goods.

However, most people wouldn’t think of eating Kara age often, the main issue is the high calories and fats that come with it from the deep-frying in vats of hot oil. And from a nutritional standpoint, deep-frying foods totally changes its nutrient profile, for e.g. a large potato contains 220 calories and 1 g of fats.

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Deep-fried foods served up at restaurants/fast food joints present another problem, to save costs, oils that are partially hydrogenated (these oils contain some amounts of trans fats) will end up in the meal the end consumer buys. Floured chicken pieces in potato starch in oiled air fryer tray.

By circulating air heated up to 200C foods like chips, chicken, fish and pastries can be browned nicely with up to 80 per cent less fat. This achieves what scientists have called the Millard effect, a browning and crisping process seen when food is fried, roasted, toasted or baked.

Place chicken pieces in the air fryer and cook for 12 minutes in total at 200C. Remove chicken pieces from air fryer, plate and serve with lime wedges.

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