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Japanese Chicken Curry

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Homemade chicken curry is just so comforting - and this Japanese version is a big family favourite. I love the rich, savoury flavours. The key here is the roux - this one is made from scratch using natural ingredients, and it’s beautifully spiced and warming. 




15 minutes

1 hour 5 mins


500g (1 lb) chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

steamed rice to serve

pickled ginger to serve (optional)



50g (1.7 oz) unsalted butter

¼ cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)

2 tbsp curry powder (a Japanese brand preferably)

2 tsp garam masala*


Japanese curry sauce:

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 small onion, finely diced

¼ cup soy sauce

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

¾ cup apple juice

2 cups chicken stock

2 peeled potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 carrot, cut into bite-sized pieces

chilli powder to taste

sea salt to taste

Step 1

To make the roux, heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When the butter is starting to foam, add the flour. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture has darkened slightly. Stir through the curry powder and garam masala. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Then transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside for later.

Step 2

To make the curry sauce, heat the oil in a large wok or saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion. Season with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring every so often, for 2-3 minutes. Then stir in the roux. Now add the chicken and mix until well coated. Then add the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, apple juice and chicken stock.

Step 3

Add the potatoes and carrot. Bring the curry to a simmer. Then turn the heat to low and simmer with the lid off for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the curry sauce has thickened. Taste and season with salt and chilli powder to taste. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice and pickled ginger if using.

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– Garam masala is an Indian spice blend perfect for homemade chicken curry. You can find it in the spice section of most supermarkets or order online.

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What our customers say

Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)
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January 11, 2023

The easiest Japanese Curry Recipe!

So delicious, just cook the roux low and slow

Thanks Marion!

July 7, 2022

Delicious, simple, and versatile

I have made this recipe countless times and it’s always delicious! My boyfriend doesn’t like potatoes in stews, so we usually substitute it for mushrooms or other veggies. Easy to put in whatever you prefer, easy to change the spice level, and fun to cook together! Yum!

June 16, 2022

BEST recipe!!

Thank you Marion for this recipe! its the best Japanese curry ever! made this multiple times and never fails. My dad cleaned out his plate when I made it for him once and he never clears his plate ever! Super simple and easy to do.

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