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Homemade Crispy Chicken Katsu Bowls with spicy gingery chicken, steamed rice, all the best toppings, and our favorite spicy, sweet, and creamy mayo sauce. I top each bowl off with fresh avocado, pan-fried edamame, and a generous side of creamy mayo. Each bowl is colorful and full of flavor. A great family dinner any night of the week.

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Update from Texas! It’s Monday now, but by the time you read this, I’ll be on my way home. I’m excited to get back to family and my daily routines. I’ve loved all this travel, but I think we all know that I’m a homebody through and through! 

If all goes planned, I’ll be home in plenty of time today to chill and get organized. I usually get in super late, but I should have some of the afternoon left, which will be a really nice change! 

I obviously made this yummy bowl before leaving home and it’s already become a real favorite.

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Mom and Asher love a nice rice bowl dinner. So I made chicken katsu for them and it was a huge hit! 

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Details

I started with the soy sauce marinade, it’s so simple. I mixed tamari (which is what I use, it’s gluten-free soy sauce), a bit of honey, ginger, and green onions. Then I let the chicken sit in the marinade a few minutes before cooking. 

You won’t use all of the marinade, so reserve the rest for serving with your katsu bowls. 

For the chicken, I made sure to keep it simple and easy. I used chicken cutlets, then simply breaded them in Panko and sesame seeds. Super simple, but when put together with the rest of the ingredients and served over rice…so delicious. 

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Pan-fry the chicken until crispy on both sides. Then toss some frozen edamame into the skillet with a little soy sauce. The edamame ends up becoming almost “fried” and is so delicious.

Most poke bowls have a spicy mayo on top, so I wanted to add that to these bowls too! It’s usually just mayo and sriracha mixed together, but I also added soy sauce and a small drizzle of honey to balance the sweet. 

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The only other “must-have” item here is rice. The rest are extra, but I really do recommend toppings!

My bowls almost always include cucumber, avocado, and pickled ginger. 

Really fun if you’re looking to switch up your chicken and rice bowls. Of course, over here, it’s all about the sauces, so those are a must. And the crispy chicken is extra delish too!

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Looking for other rice bowls favorites?

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Weeknight Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice

Lastly, if you make Crispy Chicken Katsu Bowls, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Chicken Katsu Bowls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 459 kcal

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Ingredients

Spicy Mayo

Instructions

  • 1. In a medium bowl, combine 2/3 cup tamari/soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, ginger, green onion, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, and chili flakes.
    2. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour over 3-4 tablespoons of the sauce, save the rest for serving. Let the chicken sit 10 minutes.
    3. Place the Panko and 3 tablespoons sesame seeds in a shallow bowl. Dredge both sides of the chicken through the Panko, pressing to adhere by using your fist to pound the crumbs in. Place the chicken on a plate.
    4. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
    5. Add the edamame to the skillet, cook until thawed, then add 2 tablespoons tamari/soy sauce. Cook another minute, then remove from the heat.
    6. To make the Spicy Mayo, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
    7. To assemble, slice the chicken into thin strips. Add the rice to bowls, top with cucumber, avocado, chicken, pickled ginger, green onions, and nori. Spoon over the spicy mayo and the reserved tamari/soy sauce.
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    1. Hey Pam,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! ☀️xxT

  1. 5 stars
    So so good! I elected to pound out the chicken instead of slicing which worked just as fine. Not usually a fan of sriracha but the mayo was the perfect topping, along with the quickly pickled cucumbers and avocado. Yum!! Everybody loved it. This was my first time even eating chicken katsu and I’m glad I tried it!! Would make again.

    1. Hey Kristen,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and sharing your feedback! I love to hear that it was a hit! xTieghan

  2. 2 stars
    Huge HBH fan and can say this was my first fail. Felt like I followed all the instructions and the chicken just did not turn out. I used large chicken breasts cut half horizontally, made the marinade and used Panko + seseme seeds. I was firm in pressing the breading into the chicken but it did not stay on at all. Chicken in my cast iron needed much more time than the instructions said. Ended up with a big mess in the pan and undercooked chicken. Any tips for what I could do differently would be much appreciated because I really wanted to love this!

    1. This happened to me too! I ended up microwaving the chicken to finish cooking, so we did get dinner and I must say the flavors were spot on. I’m going to try baking the chicken next time.

    2. Hey Allison,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, sorry to hear you had some issues. It sounds like your chicken may have been too large. I like to use a pretty hot cast iron skillet with plenty of oil to prevent any sticking and to help quickly cook the chicken. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    3. Maybe try using chicken cutlets from the store already packaged and use an egg wash prior to coating with panko and sesame seeds.

  3. 5 stars
    I was skeptical I could pull this recipe off, but it was amazing and everyone loved it! Even my super picky 14 year old! Absolutely delicious. Thank you!

    1. Hey Becky,
      Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your feedback! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit and thanks for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hi Ashley,
      I just did a little rice vinegar, minced garlic and ginger:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love the recipe! xx