Including how to make Katsu sauce
If you are looking for a fakeaway recipe that is also Slimming World friendly and easy to cook then this Katsu chicken curry is for you.
It’s a great curry recipe that is easy for beginners and doesn’t take too long to cook. This is based on the traditional Japanese curry. It is packed full of flavor and makes a great Friday night or weekend treat meal instead of ordering in.
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Saving money on food
What we love most about this recipe is that it comes in at under £1 a head for a family of four. Saving money on your food bill is the easiest way to keep more money in your pocket.
Our quick tips for saving money on food are:
This means buying the lowest brand first and trying it. You may be surprised and it may taste great. If you don’t like it then go up one level and see. Saver brands normally taste just as good as the branded items but cost a lot less.
Having a meal plan and shopping list when you shop is vital to saving money. Write down what you need as you need it and turn it into a meal plan and shopping list. You can use our templates here if you need some help for a weekly shop.
Use freezer vegetables
Freezer vegetables are a great way to save money. They are already pre-cut which means no prep and you only need to take out the amount you need.
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How to make Katsu curry paste?
If you’d prefer to make the Katsu curry sauce yourself then the spices you’ll need are:
Chop up or grate an onion. Add the above spices, dried is fine, and mix them in a blender. The paste will seem rough. This is your spice base for the Katsu curry sauce.
How to make homemade breadcrumbs?
Making your own homemade breadcrumbs is a lot cheaper than buying them from your local supermarket. Use the end of your bread loaf or even the last bagel that you might end up throwing away. We’ve even used leftover fruit bread for our breadcrumbs.
Cut them up small then blitz them in a blender. You can make a huge box and store them in an airtight container for next time too.
Chicken Katsu Curry
This chicken Katsu curry comes in at under £1 a head for four people. It can seem a little spicy so if your family need it toned down then add a little Greek yogurt to the side of the dish.
We use frozen onion for this recipe as it saves us chopping it up. We also use frozen chicken breasts as they are cheaper and we can buy in bulk and use as and when we need them.
Chicken Katsu Curry shopping list
4 frozen chicken breasts
3 garlic cloves
900ml chicken stock
2tbsp soy sauce
3tbsp plain flour
200g wholemeal rice
Katsu curry sauce recipe
Finely chop the carrot, onions, and garlic as small as possible.
Defrost the chicken breasts. Place the chicken breasts in the cling film and flat the chicken with a rolling pin.
Fry the onions and carrots until soft then add the garlic.
Stir in the flour, soy sauce, honey, and stock. if you are using Spicentice then add it now or add the spices from above.
Bring the sauce to a boil.
Turn down the heat to a light simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, using a hand blender, make a smooth sauce.
Keeping the sauce on the heat, set the oven to 180 degrees.
Dip the flattened chicken breast into a little flour then dip into the beaten egg. Coat the chicken breast into the breadcrumbs.
Lay the covered chicken on baking paper and cook for 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
This is the time to cook the rice as per the packet instructions.
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When cooked, slice the chicken breasts and serve on top of the rice. Pour the Katsu sauce over the chicken and serve warm.
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- 4 frozen chicken breasts
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 egg
- 900ml chicken stock
- 2tbsp soy sauce
- 1tsp honey
- 3tbsp plain flour
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 200g wholemeal rice
- Finely chop the carrot, onions, and garlic as small as possible.
- Defrost the chicken breasts. Place the chicken breasts in the cling film and flat the chicken with a rolling pin.
- Fry the onions and carrots until soft then add the garlic.
- Stir in the flour, soy sauce, honey, and stock. if you are using Spicentice then add it now or add the spices from above.
- Bring the sauce to a boil.
- Turn down the heat to a light simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, using a hand blender, make a smooth sauce.
- Keeping the sauce on the heat, set the oven to 180 degrees. Dip the flattened chicken breast into a little flour then dip into the beaten egg. Coat the chicken breast into the breadcrumbs.
- Lay the covered chicken on baking paper and cook for 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
- This is the time to cook the rice as per the packet instructions.
- When cooked, slice the chicken breasts and serve on top of the rice. Pour the Katsu sauce over the chicken and serve warm.
Amount Per Serving Calories 514Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 155mgSodium 1070mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 51g
Please check that this information is correct before you consume.