Raise your hand if you know the difference between breadcrumbs & “panko” breadcrumbs? I certainly didn’t until my hubby & I started prepping this dish last night and he enlightened me as to why the dish we were making wasn’t truly Chicken Katsu because we were using regular whole wheat bread crumbs.

Enter Goggle: “difference between panko and regular bread crumbs?” Answer: The biggest difference between panko and standard breadcrumbs is that panko is made from bread without crusts…Panko’s crustless bread is coarsely ground into airy, large flakes that give fried foods a light, crunchy coating. 

Roger that! Next time I will purchase panko. Nonetheless, we have zero leftovers. Let me just say I cannot recall the last time both kids, my hubby and I all liked a meal so much we all had seconds. (I think the kids had 3rds!) Simply delicious. While I did get this recipe originally from EatingWell.com, I made a couple adjustments. I used chicken breast instead of thighs and olive oil instead of peanut or grapeseed oil. And, of course, the breadcrumb issue!  The creamy slaw paired so well with the dinner.


Chicken Katsu with Creamy Slaw

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1¼ pounds), trimmed (alt. chicken breast)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 5 tablespoons peanut or grapeseed oil (alt. olive oil)
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 6 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar


  1. Place chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or heavy skillet to about ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place flour, egg and panko in three separate shallow dishes. Dredge the chicken in flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg, letting excess drip off, then coat both sides with panko.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken, reduce heat to medium and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Continue cooking until golden brown on the second side and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a plate and tent with foil. Repeat with the remaining chicken and 2 tablespoons oil. Wipe out the pan.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over medium heat. Add scallions and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add cabbage and carrot; cook, stirring often, until the cabbage just starts to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Combine mayonnaise, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the cabbage mixture and toss until well combined.
  6. Slice the chicken and serve with the slaw.


Note: Recipe adapted from EatingWell.com


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