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Cook the Book: Chicken Kara-age, AKA Japanese Fried Chicken

[Photographs: Makiko Doi]

Chicken Kara-age AKA Japanese fried chicken (or JFC for short) is a total crowdpleaser. These little chunks of soy-sake-ginger marinated chicken coated in cornstarch and deep-fried until golden have a tendency to disappear almost as quickly as they come out of the fryer.

This version from Makiko Itoh's The Just Bento Cookbook is pure JFC magic, a great basic recipe made even better by the addition of a gingery Green Onion Sauce. When I tried it at home, I had a feeling the single serving wasn't going to be enough, so I quadrupled it.

Warm from the fryer, the chicken was insanely delicious—crisp, salty, moist. The chunks that cooled absorbed the green onion sauce, adding even more flavor and keeping them juicy enough for lunch the next day.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Just Bento Cookbook to give away this week.

Adapted from The Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh. Copyright © 2011. Published by Kondosha International. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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