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20-minute Japanese Chicken Curry

How’s this for chicken curry in a hurry? This Japanese chicken version takes just 20 minutes to cook, so there’s no excuse on a busy weeknight. There are a couple of unexpected ingredients in this one, but trust me – they really do bring a level of sweetness that makes this dinner crazy good and full of flavour.

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20-minute Japanese Chicken Curry

PREP TIME
15 minutes
COOK TIME
20 minutes
SERVES
4
Ingredients

1 tbsp peanut oil 

500g (1 lb) chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized chunks 

2 tbsp butter 

1/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour 

1 tbsp curry powder 

¾ cup apple juice 

1/3 cup ketchup/tomato sauce 

2 tbsp light soy sauce 

2 whole star anise 

1 cinnamon stick, broken in half 

2/3 cup frozen carrots, peas and corn 

1 tsp garam masala (or extra curry powder) 

spring onion (scallions), thinly sliced, to serve 

steamed rice, to serve 

Steps
  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large, high-sided frying pan over high heat. Season the chicken with salt before searing in the pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

  • Step 2

    Add the butter to the pan. When the butter is starting to foam, add the flour. Cook, stirring for 1 minute or until the mixture bubbles. Stir in the curry powder. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in 2 cups of water. 

  • Step 3

    Return to medium heat and add the apple juice, ketchup, soy sauce, star anise and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. 

  • Step 4

    Add the chicken pieces back into the pan along with the frozen vegetables and garam masala. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until the vegetables have warmed through. 

  • Step 5

    Scatter spring onion on top, and serve with steamed rice. 

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Mama M
April 18, 2024

Lovely recipe but added my own twist

Easy to follow recipe and lovely flavour. I didn’t have apple juice so I decided to use fresh apple (skin removed) and blitz it with a bit of apple cider vinegar and also substitute with pine/orange juice that I had in the fridge. I also added sauté onion & garlic with paprika, cayenne pepper and chilli powder. Very tasty 😋 We had some chunks of potatoes too so it goes further. Will definitely be making it again!

Isaac p
September 18, 2023

Very flavorful and minimal ingredients

Great taste lots of flavor easy to prepare a little tweaking to make it my own didn’t hurt the taste. Im just amazed at the taste and simplicity of this recipe

christine l
July 5, 2023

marion you are the best

I have just finished making marions japenese chicken curry.My its delicous.I found it easy to make and to follow.This one will be made again by me.

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