Baked Katsu + Tonkatsu Sauce

Recipe adapted from:

You can do this with chicken or pork!

Servings: 2 (I aim for 1 chicken breast per person)


  • 2 chicken breasts or thighs or boneless pork loin chops, roughly 1.2 cm thick
  • salt & ground black pepper
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Rinse your chicken and pat dry. Butterfly your chicken until it’s all roughly the same thickness. You can use a tenderizing mallet and pound it gently until it’s the same thickness. If you’re using pork cutlets, score the edge where the fat and the meat meet to ensure your cutlet doesn’t curl when cooking. Season with salt and pepper on both sides and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 200˚C.
  3. On a pan on medium heat, toast the panko with the olive oil. Stir to combine and toast until golden brown. Then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Place your flour on a large plate or bowl for easy dipping and do the same with the beaten egg.
  5. Now make your katsu by coating the chicken in the flour on both sides (gently shake off any excess flour), then dunk it into the beaten egg, then coat it in the panko crumbs, pressing the crumbs in slightly to help them stick.
  6. Place your katsu onto an oven tray, ideally bake them on a wire rack with a tray underneath so the cutlet is crispy all around.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes on the middle rack until the chicken is no longer pink inside. If you have an oven thermometer, your chicken should be abut 74˚C.
  8. While your chicken is baking, you can make the tonkatsu sauce as per directions below.
  9. When your chicken is ready, serve immediately either as an entire cutlet or you can cut them into 1inch strips with tonkatsu sauce drizzled over.

Tonkatsu sauce:


  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce (preferably the Japanese brand which is more mild)
  • 1 ½ tsp oyster sauce (or more to taste, esp if using non-Japanese worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 ⅛ tsp sugar


  • Mix all the ingredients together and serve. Adjust to your liking.

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