Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar

Chicken Nanban

  • By
    Misaki Yaginuma
  • Time
    25 minutes
Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar

A chicken Nanban recipe for easy bite-size eating. The chicken takes on a robust taste with a touch of sourness, which makes for a perfect match with steamed rice.

Originally a local dish from Miyazaki prefecture (Kyushu region), chicken nanban is now popular all over Japan and has become a go-to dish for family meals.

The tartar sauce, with a hint of crunchy pickle, adds to the satisfaction of the meal. Both chicken breast or thigh can be used.

Nutrition per Serving
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  • 0.8  lb Chicken thigh or chicken breast
    • A
    • tbsp Sake
    • tbsp Soy sauce
    • a little Salt
    • a little Pepper
    • 0.18  oz Garlic
  • as needed Potato starch
  • tbsp Sesame oil
    • B
    • tbsp Soy sauce
    • tbsp Vinegar
    • tbsp Sugar
  • Eggs
  • 1.41  oz Onion
  • 2.12  oz Pickles
    • C
    • tbsp Pickle juice
    • 3.5  tbsp Mayonnaise
    • a little Salt
    • a little Pepper


Step 1

【Preparation】Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with ingredients (A).

Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar

Step 2

【Tartar sauce】 Boil the eggs thoroughly (8 to 10 minutes).

Step 3

【Tartar sauce】Finely chop boiled egg, onion and pickles.

Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar

Step 4

【Tartar sauce】Combine chopped ingredients with (C). Mix well.

Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar

Step 5

Lightly coat the chicken pieces with potato starch and grill in a pan with sesame oil until browned.

Step 6

When the chicken is thoroughly cooked, add ingredients (B) and heat until sauce thickens. Thoroughly coat the chicken with the sauce. Serve on plate with Tartar sauce and enjoy!

Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar


  • Before mixing the chicken with the sauce, remove any excess sesame oil from the chicken. This will help the sauce coat the chicken.
Nurse, Culinary Expert, Home Bakery Master

Misaki, based in Germany, works at a local university hospital where she prepares Japanese home cooking with ingredients that can be purchased in Germany. Her motto is "Making dishes that anyone can enjoy easily and deliciously".