Air Fryer Karaage

Craving crispy, crunchy Japanese fried chicken without the mess? Look no further than Air Fryer Karaage! This healthier twist on the classic dish utilizes an air fryer to deliver juicy chicken with a stunningly crunchy crust without oil frying.


  • Air fryer


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1 tsp garlic grated
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Canola oil spray


  1. Make your marinade: In a bowl, mix soy sauce, sake, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.
  2. Cut chicken thighs roughly into cubes about 1.5 inches long
  3. Pour marinade over chicken, mixing well, and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight.
  4. When ready to fry, preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Whisk your dry ingredients in a wide bowl: flour, potato starch, and salt.
  6. Remove chicken from the marinade and dredge in the dry ingredients.
  7. Place chicken evenly spaced in the preheated air fryer. Spray liberally with canola oil spray.
  8. Air fry at 390 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, shaking and spraying again with oil about halfway through.