Chicken Katsu Ramen: A Flavorful and Satisfying Meal

Close view chicken katsu in a bowl of ramen

Why Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ Loves This Ramen Recipe

Chicken Katsu is a beloved dish in Japanese cuisine, traditionally served with Tonkatsu sauce and cabbage salad. However, at Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we love to take it to the next level by incorporating it into a delicious bowl of Katsu Chicken Ramen. This recipe combines crispy, pan-fried chicken with savory noodles in a bacon broth, topped with fresh spinach and an array of mouthwatering garnishes. It’s a complete meal that’s ready to enjoy in less than an hour!

What is Chicken Katsu?

Chicken Katsu is a dish featuring crispy breaded pan-fried chicken cutlets, similar to the ones found in Italian and Mexican cuisine. The key difference lies in the addition of sesame seeds to the breading, which imparts a delightful nutty flavor to the crust.

Bowls of ramen noodle soup topped with crispy fried chicken

Ingredients You Need

For the Chicken Katsu

  • Chicken cutlets
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Fry oil

Pro Tip: To simplify the recipe, opt for pre-sliced thin chicken cutlets.

To Make the Ramen

  • Bacon
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Instant chicken ramen noodles
  • Unsweetened coconut milk
  • White miso paste
  • Water
  • Fresh spinach leaves

Optional Toppings

  • Ramen eggs
  • Fried onions
  • Scallions
  • Furikake
  • Nori sheets
  • Sriracha
  • Gochujang
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Minced garlic, ginger, sliced onion, and chicken pieces on a wood cutting board

How to Make Chicken Katsu

  1. Set a large skillet and a large 6-quart sauce pot on the stovetop.
  2. Prepare two shallow bowls for breading the chicken.
  3. Whisk the egg in one bowl and coat the chicken cutlets in the egg mixture.
  4. In the second bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, and salt.
  5. Heat cooking oil in the skillet and fry the chicken cutlets until golden brown.
  6. In the sauce pot, cook bacon, shallots, garlic, and ginger until softened.
  7. Coat the egg-coated chicken cutlets in the breading mixture and fry until crispy.
  8. In the sauce pot, add coconut milk, miso paste, water, and ramen chicken seasoning packets. Bring to a boil.
  9. Lower the heat, add instant ramen noodles and cook until soft. Stir in fresh spinach leaves.

Wooden spoon stirring spinach leaves into chicken Ramen noodle soup

Ladle the ramen into bowls, top with sliced chicken katsu, and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Suggestions for Ramen Toppings

Enhance your chicken katsu ramen experience with our easy-to-make Ramen eggs. You can also add crispy fried onions, scallions, furikake seasoning mix, nori sheets, or any toppings you prefer. Serve with Sriracha and/or gochujang sauce on the side for an extra kick.

Side view of katsu chicken Ramen bowls loaded with goodies


What oil is best for frying katsu?

A high-heat and neutral-flavored oil such as canola, sunflower, safflower, or peanut oil works best for frying katsu.

Is chicken katsu the same as fried chicken?

Chicken katsu is a type of fried chicken, but it specifically refers to the Asian recipe that includes sesame seeds in the breading.

Can I use a different kind of meat?

Absolutely! You can make pork katsu by using thinly sliced pork. It will impart a meatier flavor to the dish while still being delicious.

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How long do leftovers last?

Store the chicken katsu separately from other leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it briefly in the oven or air fryer to regain its crispiness. The soup and noodles will keep well in the fridge overnight, although the noodles may become softer the longer they sit in the soup.

Hand with chopsticks, pulling noodles out of a soup bowl


Chicken Katsu Ramen is a delightful dish that brings together the crispy goodness of chicken katsu with the comforting flavors of ramen. At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we love experimenting with flavors and creating exciting recipes. Give this recipe a try and embark on a flavorful journey that will satisfy your cravings. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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