Air fryer chicken katsu is tender and juicy inside and super crispy on the outside—just like it’s supposed to be. Delicious homemade katsu sauce takes just 5 minutes to make. If you’re looking for bold global flavor, you’ll love this recipe!
Air Fryer Chicken Katsu: The Ultimate Comfort Food
You know how much I love frozen chicken cutlets. They’re such a great blank slate for quick and easy recipes!
Here, I’ve taken Aldi red bag chicken cutlets and given them a major upgrade by turning them into a super-fast chicken katsu (torikatsu)! This air fryer recipe is ready in minutes and is perfect for those nights when you want something familiar and comforting that’s still a little special.
The outside is super crispy and golden brown—just like you’d find at your favorite restaurant—while the inside is tender and juicy.
To top it all off, I made a quick homemade Katsu Sauce that I just know you’re going to love!
- Super Quick: You can make this recipe in just 20 minutes
- 5 Ingredient Recipe: You’d never guess this bold, flavorful sauce has just a few simple ingredients in it
- Easy Clean Up: Starting with frozen chicken cutlets means you don’t have to bread them yourself. Yay for fewer dishes to wash!
Homemade Katsu Sauce Ingredients
Katsu sauce is a Japanese barbecue sauce. It’s absolutely delicious over crispy chicken (torikatsu) or pork (tonkatsu) cutlets. It’s sweet, tangy and oh so good.
To make a simple version of kastu sauce at home, you’ll need:
Ketchup. This forms the base of your sauce and gives it tons of body.
Worcestershire Sauce. Adds sweet and sour flavors and gives this katsu sauce its barbecue-like flavor.
Soy Sauce. Adds an extra layer of rich umami flavor to your sauce.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Katsu sauce is traditionally made with apples. I used a splash of apple cider vinegar to add a similar sweetness and subtle apple flavor.
How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Katsu
Start by lightly misting your favorite frozen chicken breast cutlets with cooking oil spray. (I like to use either Aldi’s red bag chicken or Tyson’s chicken cutlets.)
Pop the chicken into your air fryer and make the sauce by whisking together the ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and vinegar.
That’s all there is to it…I told you it was easy!
Frequently asked questions about air fried chicken katsu
If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, chances are that you’ve heard of the dish chicken katsu. In fact, this dish is so popular that it’s often referred to as Japan’s favorite comfort food.
Chicken katsu is traditionally made from thinly-sliced boneless chicken thighs or breasts that are breaded with panko and then deep fried until crispy. It’s served with a sweet and tangy katsu sauce and is often accompanied by rice and vegetables.
Torikatsu is made with chicken, while tonkatsu is made with pork. Tonkostu, on the other hand, is a rich pork broth. Still delicious, but not the same thing at all!
Sure, it will just take a little longer. Bake the chicken at 425ºF for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. You could also shallow fry them on the stove top.
I love serving the chicken over rice with a drizzle of the katsu sauce (plus more on the side for dunking!).
You can also serve it on a roll for a delicious sandwich.
Cool cucumber salad or garlicky green beans make a great side dish.
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- Air fryer Nashville hot chicken sandwiches
- Ginger-soy sheet pan salmon and asparagus
- Homemade teriyaki sauce
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- Skillet French onion chicken breasts
Air Fryer Chicken Katsu
- 4 frozen breaded chicken breasts
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- olive oil spray
- Heat your air fryer to 370°F.
- Spritz each piece of chicken with olive oil. Place in a single layer in your air fryer basket (depending on your air fryer, you might need to cook in two batches).
- Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown and warmed through.
- While the chicken cooks, whisk together the ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and vinegar in a small dish. Season with black pepper, if desired.
- To serve, slice the chicken thinly. Drizzle with the sauce.