Karaage Tacos with Citrus Mayo

Karaage Tacos with Citrus Mayo

Crispy, juicy and flavourful – karaage is fried chicken taken to the next level. By brining the chicken in soy sauce, it tenderises the meat and it soaks up the flavour. Serve on its own with lemon to squeeze over or stuff into tacos

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  • Serves6
  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Additional Time1 hour marinating time
  • Cooking Time30 mins

Nutrition per serving

  • Energy761 Kcals
  • Protein28g
  • Carbohydrates80.2g
  • Sugars4.5g
  • Fat38.5g
  • Saturated Fat6.4g
  • Salt2.4g


  • for the karaage:
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into bitesize chunks
  • 50ml Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
  • 25ml mirin or dry sherry
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 200g cornflour
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 litre veg oil
  • for the citrus mayo:
  • 100g mayonnaise
  • zest of ½ lemon plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 1/2 orange plus 2 tbsp orange juice
  • for serving:
  • small tortillas or taco shells, warmed
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded white cabbage
  • sliced radishes
  • lemon wedges


Put the chicken pieces into a bowl or resealable bag. Add the soy, mirin, garlic, ginger and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours to marinade.

Empty the mayo into a bowl and stir in the citrus zests, and juice. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice, or salt if you wish. Cover and chill.

Mix the cornflour, plain flour and a pinch of salt in a large shallow bowl or plate. Heat the oil in a large pan so it’s no more than half full, on a medium heat, until it reaches 180C on a temperature probe or until a piece of bread sizzles immediately when dropped in, and browns within 30 seconds.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, and coat in the flour mixture, covering well. Deep fry in small batches, for 4-6 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Check the largest piece is cooked through by cutting into it, before scooping them out of the oil and draining on kitchen paper. Keep warm in a low oven while you fry the remaining batches.

Pile the karaage into warmed tortillas or taco shells with the mayo, shredded lettuce, cabbage and radishes. Serve with lemon wedges.

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