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8 Japanese Chicken Recipes You Need to Try

Whether you're craving a hearty bowl of ramen or a veggie-packed stir-fry, these Japanese chicken recipes are sure to satisfy.

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Chicken Yakitori

I grew up in Tokyo, and some of my favorite memories include eating chicken yakitori and other Japanese street food with my friends. Although we now live thousands of miles apart, my friends and I still reminisce about our nights sharing secrets and bonding over delicious meals, like these tasty skewers. This Japanese chicken recipe is easy to re-create at home, which makes it perfect for when I’m feeling homesick. I like to serve it with rice. —Lindsay Howerton-Hastings, Greenville, South Carolina

Why not try dipping these in some Japanese mayonnaise?

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Soboro Don

Jo and Mark of Low Carbing Asian give a classic Japanese chicken recipe a healthy makeover. This protein-packed ground chicken bowl relies on sake, soy sauce and monkfruit for flavor, then is nestled on a bed of fluffy cauliflower rice. And the best part? It’s on the table in a mere 15 minutes! Speaking of sake, it’s one of several Japanese ingredients you need in your kitchen.
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Chicken Katsu

Simple recipes are often the best recipes—and Just One Cookbook’s Chicken Katsu is proof. This traditional dish is marinated in sake, then breaded in panko and deep-fried. Serve with your favorite tonkatsu sauce for an easy, family-friendly meal. If you’re not able to perfect this recipe, try this viral chicken katsu recipe from TikTok.
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Miso Butter Roasted Chicken

I love this Japanese chicken recipe for its simple front-end prep. Spatchcock the chicken yourself or ask your butcher to spatchcock it for you. Then the only work left to do is to chop the veggies. Once it’s in the oven, there’s ample time to set the table and talk. —Stefanie Schaldenbrand, Los Angeles, California
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Yakisoba

This flavorful, stir-fried Japanese noodle dish is filled with crisp and tender vegetables—but it tastes even better when you add cubes of cooked chicken. Try it for dinner or as a simple lunch.
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Chicken Ramen

On a chilly night, nothing warms the soul quite like a big bowl of ramen. This version from Chihyu of I Heart Umami includes katsu-style chicken strips, a hearty broth and spiralized zucchini noodles for a healthy twist.
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Teriyaki Grilled Chicken

Here’s a super Japanese chicken recipe you can use with any poultry pieces you like, with or without skin. Plan ahead to marinate chicken overnight for wonderful flavor. Leftovers are fabulous the next day in a salad. —Jennifer Nichols, Tuscon, Arizona
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Japanese Roasted Lemon Chicken Legs

Crispy skin? Yep. Superb citrus flavor? You got it. On the table in less than an hour and a short ingredient list? Check and check! Chihyu of I Heart Umami has a Japanese-Roasted Lemon Chicken that checks all of our boxes for a delicious, easy dinner. Don’t forget to end your meal with a delicious Japanese dessert.

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.