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chicken katsu curry at The Cookery school near wilmslow in Cheshire

Almond Chicken Katsu with Red Rice Recipe

This is a healthy take on a Japanaese favourite dish, it’s name is a shortened form of katsuretsu, meaning “cutlet”. the recipe uses almonds to form a crust over the chicken, creating a healthlier gluten free version of one of our favourite dishes.

  • Ingredients – Serves 4

  • For the almond coated chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts sliced (goujons)
  • 75ml of butter or almond milk
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of ground almonds
  • Seasoning
  • 1tbsp of olive oil

For the curry sauce

  1. 1tbsp of olive oil
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 1 carrot, peeled, grated
  5. 2 tsp of mild curry powder
  6. 1 tsp of turmeric
  7. 400ml of veg stock
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 100ml of coconut cream


For the rice

  1. 300g of red or black rice, boiled
  2. 1 tbsp of oil
  3. 2 spring onions, chopped
  4. 1 red onion, sliced
  5. Handful of chopped coriander
  6. Soy sauce to season (tamari)
  7. 1 lime, juice and zest



For the almond coated chicken

  1. 1. Blend the garlic, buttermilk and seasoning and pour over the chicken, let infuse for at least one hour.
  2. 2. Take out, and dip into the almonds.
  3. 3. Heat a non-stick pan with oil in it and fry the chicken on both sides, medium heat until golden brown.

For the curry sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a small sauce pan, add onion, garlic and spices, fry for a couple of minutes, add carrot, fry for additional two minutes. Pour in the veg stock, boil for about 20 minutes, season well and finish with coconut cream.



For the rice

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, add onion and fry until translucent. Add the rest of your ingredients and serve straight away.
  2. Toppings/garnishes – Serve with some toasted cashews, chopped chillies and some extra chopped coriander.


During the class we also made Quinoa Sushi – click here to see the recipe and Sweet Potato Gyoza – click here to see the recipe

Jan Cron – Kitchen Maverick

Has spent a lifetime learning the best cooking techniques and perfecting flavours, if 70% of being healthy is what you eat and 30% exercise then we need to concentrate on getting the best balance of tasty food into our bodies. He’s gone back to school to learn about nutrition, to research relevant, irrelevant and utterly absurd diets, so you don’t have to.

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