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Japanese-inspired festive air-fried chicken recipe

Japanese-inspired festive air-fried chicken recipe

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In Japan, it's popular to eat fried chicken during the festive season. Try serving it up as a canapé for your next Christmas party and it's sure to go down a treat. See method

  • Serves 12
  • Takes 40 mins
  • 263 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 1kg chicken thigh fillets, each cut into 4
  • 50g cornflour
  • 175g white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried sage or 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • spray oil
  • fresh sage leaves (optional), to garnish
  • 2 tbsp crispy onions (optional), to garnish
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • cranberry sauce, to serve
If you haven't got any white bread, try using brown instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    14g 20%
  • Saturates

    3g 15%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.9g 16%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 15.6g Protein 19.1g Fibre 0.7g


  1. Put the cornflour in a shallow bowl and set aside. Tip the breadcrumbs into another bowl with the sage, onion powder and plenty of salt and black pepper. In a third bowl, beat together the eggs with 1 tbsp cold water and the soy sauce.
  2. Preheat the air-fryer to 200°C. Dredge the chicken pieces first in the cornflour, then egg, then breadcrumbs until well coated. Spray with some oil.
  3. When the air-fryer is hot, spray the basket with more oil and cook the chicken in a single layer for 12-15 mins, turning after 8 mins and spraying with more oil, until dark golden brown at the edges and cooked through. You may have to cook in batches. If you like, add fresh sage leaves to the air-fryer for the last 1-2mins for a crispy garnish.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together the mayo, lime juice and sriracha with a pinch of salt. Serve this and a pot of cranberry sauce with the crispy chicken, scattered with crispy fried onions and sage leaves, if you like.

Tip: This crisp snack can be served hot or cold. Instead of spicy mayo, you could serve the chicken bites with warm gravy.

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