Fans of Wagamama rejoice, you can enjoy this slimming friendly Katsu Chicken Curry at home even if you are following Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb
Katsu Chicken Curry is one of the most popular dishes at Wagamama, and it’s not hard to see why! Crispy fried chicken breast covered in tasty curry sauce makes it a delicious treat, but with our version you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home!
A few clever little swaps keep this recipe far lower in calories and Points, but retains all the tasty flavour.
You wont believe that the sauce is free of flour!
The crunchy coating in this Katsu Chicken Curry only coats the top side of the chicken. This keeps the dish slimline and we promise you won’t miss it, no-one likes a soggy bottom anyway!
If you are a fan of Wagamama, why not try our Firecracker Chicken?
Or if you like crispy chicken, why not try one of these recipes;
How many calories are in Katsu Chicken Curry?
There are 561 calories per portion in this Katsu Chicken Curry recipe. A portion of the original of the Wagamama recipe is 800 calories, so it’s a great saving for your waistline and your pocket!
This means it falls into our Special Occassion recipe category. You can find all of our other Special Occassion recipes here.
This dish is a perfect treat if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Katsu Chicken Curry suitable for?
This dish is suitable for people following a dairy free diet.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is Katsu Chicken Curry?
If you make our Katsu Chicken Curry recipe it will set you back 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points.
If you order the same dish from Wagamama it will cost you an eye watering 34 Points! That’s an absolutely incredible saving!
How to make this Katsu Chicken Curry
Making this dish is pretty easy, though there are a few different steps for making the sauce and the chicken. Here’s a summary;
- Preheat the oven and chop the garlic, onion, carrots and potato.
- Spray the pan with low calorie cooking spray and gently fry the onions and garlic for a few minutes.
- Add the carrots, potato, garlic granules, onion granules, stock cubes, garam masala, curry powder, soy sauce, and the water to the pan and bring to the boil.
- Then reduce the heat to simmer and put a lid on the pan. It will need to simmer for around 45 minutes, make sure to stir occasionally and add more water if it reduces too much.
- While the sauce is simmering crush the tortilla chips into crumbs.
- Take the egg and whisk it up with a fork in a bowl. Now dip a chicken breast in the egg and lay it on the baking tray.
- Take a quarter of the crushed tortilla chips and pat onto the top of the chicken. Repeat until all four breasts are coated.
- Spray the top of the chicken with low calorie cooking spray and place into the middle of the preheated oven. The chicken will take 30-40 minutes to cook depending how thick the breasts are.
- Once the potato and carrot for the sauce have cooked through, add the sweetener and use a hand blender to liquify the contents of the saucepan.
- If the sauce seems too thick at this point, add some more water a little at a time until you reach the consistency you want. If it seems a little thin, reduce it on a low heat.
- When the chicken is done slice it up and serve with the sauce and an accompaniment of your choice.
What should you should serve with Katsu Chicken Curry?
Any of the following go really well with Katsu Chicken Curry!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Katsu Chicken Curry?
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The tortilla chips used to coat the chicken make this dish taste really naughty, and we highly recommend using them! However, you could replace the tortilla chips with breadcrumbs made from wholemeal bread or crushed cornflakes if it fits in better with your diet plan.
This is a great choice because the hand blender attachment is metal which doesn’t stain and can be used in hot liquids.
It also comes with a whisk and a mini food processor attachment, great for making our Hummus!
How do you know when Katsu Chicken Curry is cooked?
When the chicken is done it will be white all the way through – if you’re not sure, make a deep cut in the thickest part of the chicken and check.
The chicken will take 30-40 minutes to cook in a pre-heated oven (200°C) depending how thick the breasts are.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Katsu Chicken Curry in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
We don’t advise you keep the chicken as the coating will end up soggy, but this recipe makes lots of sauce. If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Katsu Chicken Curry?
We don’t advise you freeze the chicken as the coating will end up soggy, but this recipe makes lots of sauce. You can freeze up any extra ready for the next time your Katsu cravings hit!
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Katsu Chicken Curry?
From chilled: Place the sauce in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow the sauce to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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