Step 1: Gather Ingredients
1 tsp. sesame oil (1)
1 Tbsp. dark soy sauce (you can substitute regular soy sauce) (2)
2 Tbsp. regular soy sauce (3)
1.5 lbs. chicken thighs (I like them with the skin on, but you can use skinless ones if you'd prefer) (4)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch (5)
8-10 Tbsp. all-purpose flour (6)
1/4 tsp. white pepper (or black pepper) (7)
1 inch piece of ginger (8)
3 medium cloves of garlic, minced (9)
Shredded cabbage (10)
Sesame seeds (11)
Step 2: Gather Hardware
1 small to medium-sized pot (1)
1 mixing bowl (2)
3-4 sheets of paper towels (3)
Lots of oil for frying: I used vegetable oil (4) <-- oops! I forgot to include it in this pic, so I drew it in.
Cutting board for meat (5)
Measuring spoons (6)
Cooking chopsticks (if you don't know how to use them, then a fork will do) (8)
Plastic wrap (11)
Step 3: Prep Work: Ginger
With your knife, shave off the rough outer skin of the ginger.
Cut off about a 1-inch piece. If you really like ginger, add some more!
Rub the piece of ginger back and forth on the grater, being careful as you reach the end of the piece.
I like to take the end pieces and finely mince them with my knife to avoid any accidents.
Step 4: Prep Work: Garlic
Smash the cloves with the flat side of your knife to release the garlic from the skin, then finely mince it.
I don't like eating huge chunks of garlic, so I ended up mincing this to pretty small pieces.
Set the ginger and the garlic aside.
Generally, a 2:1 garlic:ginger ratio will do, but you can adjust this to your preference.
Step 5: Prep Work: Chicken
Rinse the chicken under cold water, then pat them dry with paper towels.
Place the chicken on your cutting board, then begin removing some of the big pieces of fat.
If you bought the thighs with the bone still in them, cut around the bone to remove the meat (see photo).
Step 6: Prep Work: Chicken
My mouth is a bit small, so I ended up with 1 1/2-inch pieces.
**Does anyone else find this photo to be a bit disturbing??
Step 7: Combine the Ingredients
Add the chicken, dark and regular soy sauces, ginger, garlic, white pepper, and sesame oil into the mixing bowl.
Use your chopsticks or a fork and mix everything together.
Step 8: Marinate
Since we're working with raw poultry, try to clear some space at the bottom shelf of your fridge, away from veggies and fruits.
Step 9: Decontaminate
Clean EVERYTHING. Wash everything that has touched the raw chicken with hot water and dish soap.
If you have them, wipe down the counters with disinfectant wipes or use kitchen cleaner.
Step 10: Heat Oil
Fill your pot with oil so that it is at least 2 inches deep.
Turn the burner to medium-high heat, and bring the oil to about 325 degrees F.
Step 11: Add Starch
Mix until it is well-combined.
*You'll need about 8-10 Tbsp. of flour, depending on how much chicken you have. Just keep adding flour until every piece of chicken is covered.
Step 12: Testing, Testing ...
If you do have a thermometer, feel free to skip this step, although it's not a bad idea to test a piece, just in case.
You'll want to look for a lot of bubbles and frying activity when you drop in your test piece.
If the chicken just sinks to the bottom with no bubbles and it just looks sort of sad, then your oil is not hot enough.
If, on the other hand, your chicken turns black within a few seconds and your oil is smoking, it is too hot and you should move the pot off of the burner until the oil cools down a bit.
If you're worried about hot oil splashing up while you're frying, you can wear oven mits to protect your hands and arms.
Step 13: Fry Like the Wind
Place 3 or 4 sheets of paper towels on a plate to catch the oil of your fried chicken pieces.
Drop in each piece individually, half-submerging the chicken in the frying oil for a few seconds before letting go.
This will ensure that the raw chicken will not stick to the bottom of the pot.
I had to fry 6-7 pieces of chicken at a time to avoid over-crowding the pot.
Fry chicken for about 1 minute, or until golden-brown.
Once you've fried all of your chicken, blast the heat to high and dump all of the chicken back into the oil for a second-fry (see last photo).
Step 14: Chicken Karaage: Beauty Shot
You've made chicken karaage!
They're ready to eat, but if you can stand waiting just one minute longer, the next steps will show you how to make the garnish...
Step 15: Garnish
Rinse and drain.
Place the cabbage on a bowl or plate as a nice garnish for your chicken karaage.
Step 16: Enjoy!
This dish is great with rice!
Please try making it sometime, and leave comments on what you think of my recipe or if you have suggestions on how I can improve it.