Gizzi Erskine's chicken katsu curry recipe

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Cook Yourself Thin chef, Gizzi Erskine, has created a delicious, lower-calorie version of chicken katsu curry, as seen in episode 4 of the new series

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories581 Kcal29%
Fat9.7 g14%

Fancy creating a delicious lower-calorie version of your chicken katsu curry takeaway favourite? This homemade Wagamama katsu curry might involve a little bit more work than just ordering in a restaurant, but Cook Yourself Thin chef Gizzi Erskine has created this easy katsu curry recipe so you can make it in your own kitchen. This katsu dish features the classic breadcrumbed chicken and sticky rice combination, with the spicy curry sauce we all love.


  • 1tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 1tbsp medium curry powder
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2tsp honey
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½tsp garam masala
  • 4 x 100g chicken breasts
  • 100g flour, seasoned with lots of salt and pepper
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten lightly
  • 120g cornflakes, bashed in a pestle and mortar
  • 5 spritzs of spray olive oil
  • Japanese steamed rice and salad, to serve

You'll also need:

  • Small pan with lid
  • Sieve




  1. To make this chicken curry, heat the oven to 200ºC. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2 mins, then throw in the carrot pieces and cook slowly for 10 mins, with the lid on giving the odd stir occasionally. You want to sweat the vegetables until softened and starting to caramelise.
  2. Stir in the flour and curry powder and cook them for a min. Slowly pour in the chicken stock bit by bit until combined (do it slowly to avoid getting lumps). Add the honey, soy and bay leaf then bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for 20 mins. The sauce will have thickened and taken on all of the flavours, although you still need it to have a pouring consistency. Add the garam masala, salt and pepper, then pass the sauce through a sieve. (Some people might like a chunky sauce so feel free not to strain it but I like it nice and smooth.)
  4. Meanwhile, for the chicken, lay the seasoned flour, egg and cornflakes on to separate plates. Coat the chicken breasts into the flour, then the egg and finally cover with the cornflakes.
  5. Spritz with oil then put in the hot oven for 12-15 mins. Slice the chicken diagonally then serve with Japanese steamed rice and salad.
Top Tip for making Gizzi Erskine's chicken katsu curry

Coating the chicken in cornflakes may sound bonkers, but they will add tons of crunch with the ability to be able bake the dish and they're fantastic for allergy sufferers too

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Gizzi Erskine
Celebrity chef

Gizzi Erskine is the phenomenal chef behind many of the nation’s much-loved cookery programmes such as Cook Yourself Thin, Cookery School, The Wine Show and Cooks to Market. She has also appeared as a chef on daytime television shows, such as Good Morning Britain. Born as Griselda Erskine in Dumfries, Scotland in 1979, Gizzi moved to London with her parents as a child. She graduated top of her year from the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine before going on to launch her career as a chef. Since 2010, Gizzi has released eight cookery books focused on foolproof meals and a love of eating.