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Chicken katsu with extra-veg sauce recipe

Chicken katsu with extra-veg sauce recipe

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Recreate your favourite takeaway at home. In this version, learn how to make your own katsu curry sauce packed full of veg. Serve with crispy baked chicken and rice - it's fakeaway time! See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 466 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy


  • 650g pack chicken breast portions (4 chicken breasts)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 75g panko or natural breadcrumbs
  • spray sunflower oil
  • cooked jasmine rice, steamed mangetout and coriander, to serve (optional)

For the katsu sauce

  • 2 tsp sunfower oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped​
  • 1 tbsp frozen chopped ginger (or a 5cm piece, peeled and grated)
  • 1 tbsp hot or mild curry powder
  • pinch of crushed chillies
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and sliced into 2cm discs
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml lighter coconut milk
  • ½ butternut squash (500g), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 orange or yellow peppers, cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced, plus wedges to serve (optional)
White rice can always be swapped for brown (check cooking instructions for timings)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 15%
  • Saturates

    4g 21%
  • Sugars

    18g 19%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 41.9g Protein 46.9g Fibre 7.4g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Lay the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of baking paper and use a rolling pin to beat gently, to thin out the meat until it’s 1-1.5cm thick. Dip into the beaten egg, then the breadcrumbs and place on a baking sheet. Spray evenly with the oil to lightly coat, then bake for 10-12 mins or until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the onion in 2 tsp oil in a lidded saucepan over a medium heat for 3-5 mins or until soft. Add the ginger and cook for 1 min. Stir in the spices and carrots and cook for 5 mins. Add the flour, cook for 1 min, then stir in the coconut milk and 450ml water. Bring to a simmer, then add the squash; cover and simmer for 10 mins. Add the peppers and cook for another 5 mins. Stir through the soy sauce, and lime juice and zest. Blitz with a stick blender until smooth.
  3. Serve the sauce in bowls with rice, mangetout, coriander and lime wedges, if you like, topped with the sliced chicken.

Make ahead: The sauce can be made separately and frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost fully before reheating to serve.

See more Healthy fakeaway recipes

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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