Japanese Fried Chicken (Shio Koji Karaage)

Japanese Fried Chicken (Shio Koji Karaage)

Karaage or Japanese-style fried chicken can be more exciting with Shio Koji marinade. Juicy and packed with flavor, this dish will keep you coming back for more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb (450g) boneless chicken thigh with skin cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 tbsp. Hikari Miso Shio Koji
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. crushed grated garlic
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ½ cup potato starch or corn starch
  • Vegetable/canola oil for deep frying
  • Lemon wedges to serve


  1. Combine the chicken with Hikari Miso Shio Koji, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in a bowl or large plastic bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 1 day).
  2. Heat up a pot of cooking oil for deep-frying. Ideal temperature is about 320-335F (160-170C).
  3. When the oil is almost ready, add the potato starch in the bowl or plastic bag with the chicken. Mix and coat the chicken with the starch.
  4. Gently drop each piece of chicken into the pot and deep fry until golden brown.
  5. When it’s done, transfer the chicken onto a plate lined with paper towels. Continue with a new batch to deep fry. Serve immediately with slices of lemon.

Recipe Notes

Quick Tip: Make sure to deep fry only a few pieces at a time so the oil temperature will not drop too low. If the oil temperature is too high, Shio Koji can be easily burn before the chicken is cooked through. If you are not sure if the chicken is done, use a knife to cut the thickest piece of chicken and check inside. 


Message from Nami: “Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) is crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. With Hikari Miso's Shio Koji, it tastes even better with the additional umami flavor. If I could only recommend one shio koji recipe, this Karaage would be it!”


About Nami: A native of Yokohama, Japan, Nami inherited her passion for cooking and her culinary basics from her mother. In 2011, she started a blog "Just One Cookbook” to organize her Japanese recipes that she had been sharing with her friends. The blog, featuring easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful pictures, has become extremely popular around the world. In December 2013, she published an ebook titled "Just One Cookbook – Essential Japanese Recipes" with 33 easy and simple recipes from her archives. Nami currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.

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