Thai Chicken Karaage Recipe



  • 1 lb chicken thigh, skinless, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Thai chili, finely chopped


  • 1/2 cup sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Thai chili, finely chopped

Remaining ingredients

  • 1 cup potato starch
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, leaves picked, for garnish

Thai Chicken Karaage Recipe


  1. Prepare the marinade for the chicken. Whisk together 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients (vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, chili). Add chicken and stir to coat. Marinate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  2. Prepare sauce. Whisk together chili sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic and chili until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil for frying to 350 degrees F.
  4. Remove chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade. Toss chicken in potato starch, making sure to evenly coat all sides. Shake off excess potato starch.
  5. Gently place some of the chicken pieces into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from oil and let drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  6. Pour half of the sauce on top of the chicken and toss to coat. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with remaining sauce on the side.


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