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Chicken katsu

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Chicken katsu

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 of fried chicken made with panko bread crumbs. It is related to tonkatsu, fried pork cutlets. The dish has spread internationally and has become a common dish served at Japanese and East Asian restaurants worldwide.[1][2]

Like tonkatsu, chicken katsu is generally served with tonkatsu sauce (とんかつソース), a thick Japanese vegetarian pureed fruit-based brown sauce with rice or miso soup as part of a two- or three-item set meal, or as dinner with rice and vegetables.

In Hawaii, chicken katsu is more popular than tonkatsu and substitutes for it in dishes such as katsukarē and katsudon.[3] In a plate lunch, chicken katsu is generally served on a bed of shredded cabbage,[4] with a well-seasoned ketchup similar to cocktail sauce.[5][6]

In the United Kingdom, the word "katsu" has become synonymous with Japanese curries as a whole, owing to the rapid rise in popularity of chicken katsu curry.[7]


Katsu (カツ) is a shortened form of katsuretsu (カツレツ), the Japanese transliteration of the English word "cutlet".

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  1. ^ Residential Services Division, Hawaiian Electric Company. "TORIKATSU (Chicken cutlets with Hot Sauce)". University of Hawaiʻi. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Chicken katsu curry". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  3. ^ Shimabukuro, Betty. "By Request: Flores' L&L boxes chicken | starbulletin.com | Features | /2008/09/17/". archives.starbulletin.com. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  4. ^ Yoshida, Gregg (14 February 2020). "Chicken is the star at Pearlridge's new tonkatsu curry joint". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  5. ^ Shiroma, Kelli (8 December 2015). "Our Top 5: Chicken katsu". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Chicken Katsu". foodland.com. Foodland Super Market, Ltd. September 17, 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  7. ^ "The U.K. thinks Japanese curry is katsu curry, and people aren't happy about it". Feb 12, 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-02-23.