Susan Feniger's Tatsutage Fried Chicken with Spicy Yuzu Mayonnaise Recipe

Photo Credit: Jennifer May
Cook Time: 45 min
Prep Time: 45 min (plus marinating time)
( Serves 4 )
1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds, cut into 8 pieces, skin on)
2 cup light sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 cup mirin (rice wine)
10 whole cloves garlic (sliced)
1 whole 3 inch piece of ginger (peeled and chopped)
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup warm honey
1/3 cup rice flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour + extra for dredging
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoon furikake seasoning (we use Noritamago flavored)
1 1/4 cup soda water
canola oil for frying
For Spicy Yuzu Mayonaise (makes 2 cups)
2 cup Japanese style mayonaise (we use "Kewpie" brand)
2 tablespoon Yuzy lime juice
2 tablespoon Yuzo Kosho chile paste

For Chicken:

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and honey. Stir well and set aside.
  2. Cover all of the chicken pieces with the marinade and marinate for 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it skin side up on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
  6. Meanwhile make your batter.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, salt, and furikake.
  8. Slowly whisk in the soda water until you have created a light and smooth batter.
  9. Prepare a pot for frying. A high sided, thick-bottomed pot with 5 to 6-inch sides works best. Fill the pot with vegetable oil so that the oil reaches halfway up the sides. Remember, the oil will expand and rise as it heats.
  10. Heat the oil on medium heat for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, or until a drop of batter floats immediately.
  11. Place some all-purpose flour in a shallow bowl. Coat each piece of chicken in the flour and tap off any excess.
  12. Dip the floured chicken in the batter and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. You may need to do this a few pieces at a time, depending on the size of your pot. Remember, the chicken is already cooked, you are simply frying to create a crispy shell.
  13. Remove the chicken from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  14. Serve immediately with Spicy Yuzu Mayonnaise.

For Spicy Yuzy Mayonaise:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk together well until evenly incorporated.

NOTE: The Japanese mayonnaise and yuzu juice add an element to this simple sauce that makes it exceptionally delicious. However, if those items cannot be found, you may use regular store bought mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and any fresh chile, chopped or pureed in a blender, to create a similar result. Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit which is about the size of a tangerine and has an aroma and flavor that is distinct from any other citrus fruit, somewhat akin to a cross between grapefruit and lime.

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