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Chicken katsu (chicken cutlet (Japanese: チキンカツ Hepburn: chikinkatsu)), also known as panko chicken, or tori katsu (torikatsu (鶏カツ)) is a Japanese dish which is also popular in Hawaii, California, and other areas of the United States.
The name chicken katsu includes Japanese katsu (カツ), which is a shortened form of katsuretsu (カツレツ), meaning "cutlet".
In America, there are generally about four different variations of katsu chicken.
The first consists of a panko-breaded chicken thigh that is sliced into bite-sized pieces or strips. A butterflied chicken thigh is generally used; it is usually salted, black-or-white-peppered and dipped in a lightly seasoned flour, then dredged in a beaten egg with some Japanese sweet wine added, then coated in Japanese panko breadcrumbs before being deep fried.
The second version consists of a washed, trimmed, and pounded chicken breast that is sliced into tender-shaped pieces. It is dredged in a lightly seasoned flour, dipped in a lightly seasoned egg mixture, and coated with lightly seasoned panko breadcrumbs, which are traditionally made from Japanese milk bread, before being pan-fried and served with a variety of condiments and accoutrements.
The third version is similar to the above, but not pounded as thinly. This is commonly referred to as chicken тenders, or panko chicken (though any variation of katsu chicken can be called this).
It is generally served with tonkatsu sauce (とんかつソース), a thick Japanese vegetarian brown sauce that uses pureed fruit as a principal ingredient, or a well-seasoned ketchup in a Hawaiian mixed plate lunch meal. It is generally served with shredded cabbage, rice and/or miso soup as part of a two or three item combo, or as a dinner with rice and vegetables.
In Hawaii, chicken katsu is as common as tonkatsu (pork cutlets). It is also served in place of tonkatsu in katsu curry and katsudon in local plate-lunch restaurants and in fine-dining Japanese establishments alike.
- Residential Services Division, Hawaiian Electric Company. "TORIKATSU (Chicken cutlets with Hot Sauce)". University of Hawaiʻi. Retrieved 15 November 2014.