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Japan Chicken | A Popular Dish Served In A Restaurant in Tamil Nadu

Japan chicken that has nothing to do with Japan…

This is a popular dish served in a restaurant called Amman Mess in Erode, Tamil Nadu. Whoever tried this dish loved it & this recipe went viral. I watched a few reels on Insta & of course the name Japan chicken got me curious. Not sure how this dish got the name Japan chicken, maybe the person who came up with this recipe loves Japan & hence the name.

It’s a simple recipe that’s made with very few simple ingredients. I tried this in my kitchen, my hubs & I enjoyed it. I truly loved the addition of garlic & green chilies, which imparted a nice garlicky flavor & heat to this dish. The sauce is quite similar to making the white sauce that’s popular in French cuisine without the addition of flour & cheese. In this dish, ground cashew nuts are added which made this dish incredibly rich & creamy. I wouldn’t add cheese to this, even without cheese tasted delish.

Can be enjoyed as an appetizer or with basmati rice, pasta, noodles, naan, chapati, etc.

Japan Chicken | A Popular Dish Served In A Restaurant in Tamil Nadu
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
For marination
  • Chicken, boneless- 2 chicken breasts
  • White pepper powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • All-purpose flour- 2 tbsp
  • Corn starch- 3 tbsp
For making sauce
  • Butter- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped- 5 cloves
  • Green chilies, halved- 3 or upto 5
  • Milk- 1½ cups
  • Ground cashew nuts- ¼ cup
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • White pepper powder- ½ tsp
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
Other ingredients
  • Oil- enough for frying chicken
  1. I've taken 2 boneless chicken breasts, dice them up. This dish has to be prepared with boneless chicken.
  2. In a bowl, add the chicken & add all the ingredients mentioned 'for marination'. Combine well.
  3. White pepper powder is very mild compared to black pepper powder.
  4. Place a frying pan over medium heat, add enough oil for deep frying & let the oil turn hot.
  5. Add the marinated chicken & deep fry over medium heat.
  6. Flip it over & fry till both the sides have turned golden brown.
  7. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel.
  8. The fried chicken will be super crispy as we have added corn starch.
  9. In a spice blender, grind the cashew nuts to fine powder.
  10. Place a wide saucepan over medium heat, add butter.
  11. Don't replace butter with oil, butter will make this dish very tasty.
  12. Add chopped garlic, saute for 2 minutes.
  13. Add green chilies halved, saute for 2 minutes.
  14. Don't skip adding garlic & green chilies.
  15. If you want this dish to be spicy, add up to 5 green chilies.
  16. Add milk, combine well.
  17. Add the ground cashew nuts & keep stirring there will be some lumps, break the lumps & constantly combine well.
  18. Add salt, white pepper powder & sugar, combine well.
  19. Let the sauce cook for a few minutes.
  20. Add the fried chicken to the sauce, combine well & cook for 3 minutes.
  21. Transfer to a bowl.
  22. This a thick dish, if you want more gravy add more milk while making the sauce.
  23. It's rich, creamy, I loved the addition of garlic & the green chilies imparted a nice heat to this dish.
  24. This can be enjoyed as an appetizer or with basmati rice, noodles, naan, chapati, etc.




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