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Air fryer Japanese chicken cutlet served over a bed of cabbage with kastu sauce drizzled over.

Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Katsu Cutlet

This easy Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Katsu Cutlet recipe comes out perfectly golden crispy without all the fuss of traditional oil frying! Your whole family will love this healthier air fried chicken cutlet recipe!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Japanese
Keyword air fry chicken katsu, Japanese chicken katsu cutlet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Brine 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 613kcal



  • 3/4 lb Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thigh about 3-4 pieces
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 oz Unflavored Pork Rinds 1/3 Cup if using Pork Panko


  • 2 tbsp Sugar Free Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sweetener monkfruit erythritol blend, sugar or sweetener of choice

Optional Brine

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt


  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Add 2 cups of water and 1 tbsp salt into a large mixing bowl. Add chicken to start brine process and brine for 1 hour. Note - you can skip this step if desired.
  • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Once dried, sprinkle salt & black pepper on both sides and set aside. Note - if you did the brine, omit or very lightly salt.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Sugar Free Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Oyster Sauce and sweetener. Mix well and set aside.
  • Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine. You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processor, but we strongly recommend using a food processor. Note – Skip this step if you are using Pork Panko.
  • Fill 1 mixing bowl with Almond Flour, 1 mixing bowl with beaten eggs, 1 mixing bowl with crushed Unflavored Pork Rinds/Pork Panko.
  • Take a piece of chicken thigh and dip in the following order: Almond Flour > eggs > Unflavored Pork Rinds/Pork Panko. Once coated, place into air fryer tray and air fry for 13-15 minutes at 390F.
  • Once air fried, slice the cutlet into 1/2 inch slices and enjoy with tonkatsu sauce from step 4)!



Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 371mg | Sodium: 1691mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 4mg