Keto Japanese Fried Chicken (Karaage Chicken)

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This Keto Karaage fried chicken is a delicious Japanese dish. The flavorsome marinade makes this recipe one of our absolute favorites. We made it keto friendly with just one ingredient change (see below).

Karaage fried chicken.
Karaage fried chicken.

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This Low Carb Karaage Chicken recipe makes six servings. One serving has 1g net carbs – the nutritional information includes one teaspoon of oil from frying for each serving.

Keto Karaage Chicken Ingredients

Keto Karaage Chicken Ingredients - easy Japanese fried chicken recipe
Keto Karaage Chicken Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds of Chicken Thighs (about six pieces)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely crushed
  • 1 teaspoon of Ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons of Tamari Sauce (Replace with soy sauce for non-Keto)
  • 2 tablespoons of Sesame Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of White Pepper, ground
  • ¼ cup of Unflavored Protein Powder (Replace with 1/2 cup potato starch for non-keto)
  • ¼ cup of Oat Fiber (leave out for non-keto)

How to Make Keto Karaage Chicken

How to make Karaage fried chicken.
How to make karaage fried chicken.
  1. Cut the chicken thighs into small pieces, big enough for about two bites, and place them into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Leave to marinate for 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  4. Heat your deep fryer to 180C/355F.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the protein powder and oat fiber.
  6. Add a small amount of chicken to the “flour,” coat lightly, shake off the excess, then place into the deep fryer. I recommend cooking in batches of about ten pieces at a time if you have a small benchtop fryer like this.
  7. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the chicken, is a deep golden brown color and cooked through.
  8. Serve with Sesame Mayonnaise and fresh lemon wedges.
Keto Japanese Karaage Chicken Recipe

Keto Japanese Fried Chicken – Karaage Chicken

This Keto Karaage Chicken is a delicious Japanese fried chicken dish. The flavorsome marinade makes this recipe one of our absolute favorites – and it’s so easy to make!

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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Matt Dobson

Unit Conversion

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds Chicken Thighs
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon White Pepper ground
  • ¼ cup Unflavored Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup Oat Fiber

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken thighs into small pieces, big enough for about 2 bites, and place into a mixing bowl.
    1.5 pounds Chicken Thighs
    Keto Karaage Chicken Ingredients - easy Japanese fried chicken recipe
  • Add the garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
    2 cloves Garlic, 1 teaspoon Ginger, 2 tablespoons Tamari Sauce, 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil, ¼ teaspoon Salt, ¼ teaspoon White Pepper
  • Leave to marinate for 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
  • Heat your deep fryer to 180C/355F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the protein powder and oat fiber.
    ¼ cup Unflavored Protein Powder, ¼ cup Oat Fiber
  • Add a small amount of chicken to the “flour,” coat lightly, shake off the excess, then place into the deep fryer. I recommend cooking in batches of about 10 pieces at a time if you have a small benchtop fryer like this.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the chicken is a deep golden brown color and cooked through.
    Karaage fried chicken.
  • Serve with Sesame Mayonnaise and fresh lemon wedges.
    How to make Karaage fried chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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How To Store Karaage Chicken

Store karaage fried chicken in the fridge for up to 4 days. The cooked chicken can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Reheat karaage chicken by deep-frying, microwaving, or warming it in the oven.

Delicious Keto Japanese Karaage Fried Chicken
Delicious Keto Japanese Karaage Fried Chicken

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Matt Dobson

I am the founder of My Keto Kitchen. I am a nutritionist, cooking enthusiast, and part-time Van Lifer! Along with a qualified chef, we have created a collection of delicious and healthy recipes.

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4 thoughts on “Keto Japanese Fried Chicken (Karaage Chicken)”

  1. Is protein/whey powder essential in your recipes or is it just for flavour? It is not on my grocery list and I’d like to keep it that way.

    Reply
    • Hi Wilma,

      There is no flavor added from the unflavored protein powder, it is used as a flour substitute and is essential to the recipes that it is used in. If you don’t wish to purchase, I would recommend avoiding the recipes that include it.

      Reply

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