Friday 9 March 2012

Chicken Katsu Curry: Personal

Last night a couple of friends and I tried to recreate Wagamama's chicken katsu curry. It wasn't in a recipe book, but after a lot of internet research I managed to cobble together a recipe that could potentially work. I'm a big fan of Wagamama so I'm delighted to pronounce our efforts a success!

I thought I'd write a few notes on how we got on, just in case you'd like to try it too! We started off with a trip to our local mini market. I'd seen long and complicated recipes for the curry sauce, but also suggestions that S&B's 'Golden Curry' was pretty similar to the curry sauce. I thought I'd give it a go, as a pre made curry sauce is a little more convenient than making one from scratch ;)

We came back from the market with above mentioned curry sauce and some panko breadcrumbs for the breaded chicken. Success!

I was a bit sceptical about the curry sauce, the instructions were a little vague and the sauce itself comes in a big block. The instructions also talk about adding the sauce to meet and veg in a pan, which I had no intention of doing! We came to the conclusion that we'd use half of the sauce (it came in two sealed blocks) and half the water, and add that to softened chopped onions. It was pretty impressive! After a few minutes simmering, it looked and tasted like the katsu curry sauce! Result! My only comment here is that we bought the 'medium' version of the sauce which was a little milder than the Wagamama sauce.

For the rice, we bought thai fragrant rice and cooked it as normal - I wanted to press it into little bowls to make it look a little more impressive but we ran out of time, and abandoned that plan!

The chicken was pretty simple. We coated chicken breasts in seasoned flour, beaten egg and the panko breadcrumbs in that order. Then we shallow fried them in about 100ml of oil for 5 mins on each side.

We served all three with a simple salad and I have to admit, it was pretty delicious. I've frozen some of the leftover sauce so it will be even quicker next time!

This may have been incredibly boring to read, and if so, I apologise! I have my first engagement shoot of the season this weekend so I'm busy cleaning my equipment and thinking about love :) Rest assured, from now on there will be more engagement sessions and next month, the wedding season starts up good and proper for me! I can't wait!

Have a lovely weekend,

R. x


  1. sounds delightful Rachy :) xxx

  2. Blue Dragon also sell a Katsu Curry Sauce in a jar which is very tasty, although you can't buy it everywhere, the only shop I've found it in is the giant Sainsbury's in Leamington. (I stumbled across your blog searching for the opening date of the new Wagamama's in Leamington - and coincidentally my favourite Wagamama's dish is Chicken Katsu Curry).

  3. Ooh, thank you! Also, I'm pretty excited about Wagagmama's opening in Leamington - can't wait to visit!

  4. Blue Dragon used to do a katsu curry kit, with panko breadcrumbs. It was pretty good but I can't for the life of me find it anywhere now! Am tempted to give this a go though as it sounds delicious.


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