If you are like me and you love your chicken curry, the Japanese chicken curry recipe is one that you want to pin on your fridge’s door. There are many Japanese chicken curry recipes from different Asian countries. However, nothing comes close to the Japanese chicken curry recipe.

From its reputation, you would think it is an elaborate recipe that would be hard to pull off in your home kitchen. It is one of those dishes that make you think you need a special skill to prepare.

But it is surprisingly easy and being able to make it at home makes the dish oh so special. And it means you can enjoy a piece of Japanese goodness any time you want.

The Japanese chicken curry recipe gives you a rich and savory meal that you will be craving every night. From the tender pieces of chicken to the blend of carrots and potatoes, this Japanese golden curry recipe is finger licking good.

The Japanese golden curry recipe is famous and loved throughout Japan and beyond. Unlike Indian and Thai curry, the Japanese chicken curry recipe features a thicker and sweeter curry sauce sweetened by caramelized onions, carrots, and grated apples.

The recipe is also less spicy, making it an ideal family meal that everyone will enjoy – including kids. For an even more authentic Japanese taste, you can opt for the Japanese curry roux recipe. The secret ingredient in the Japanese curry roux recipe is the roux.

S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix – Roux

S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix

Every Japanese curry roux brand features three variations. You either get it in mild, medium hot, or hot with the latter being the hottest although it is more subtle than Indian or Thai curry. If you don’t have the extra 30 minutes to make your own Japanese roux curry recipe sauce at home, you are better off buying one.

You can get one in your local specialty store, but chances are you won’t get one as good as the S&B golden curry. The S&B curry mix is ideal for Japanese golden curry recipes as it boasts a blend of traditional Japanese spices and herbs.

S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix

Traditional Japanese curry sauce mix

Of all the curry mix sauces out there, this has to be easily the best. The taste is similar to what you’ll find in high-end Japanese eateries, the spiciness of the medium-hot variant is perfect for a family, and the thickness of the curry is just the right consistency to make a flavorful meal.

We have found that the best place to buy it is on Amazon as you will hardly find it consistently in stores. And if Amazon is to go by, then the S&B golden curry is a titan. It has Amazon’s choice badge and more than 200 user reviews. And here is the kicker – all the curry’s reviews on Amazon are a full five stars – now that is a feat!
If you fancy pork, you should go for CoCo Ichibanya pork curry. Other top Japanese curry sauces are House curry’s Kokumaro, Vermont curry sauce, Torokeru, and Java curries.

CoCo Ichibanya Curry House

This is a perfect instant curry for all the pork lovers out there.

Japanese Curry Roux Recipe

Should you have an extra 30 minutes to spare, making homemade Japanese roux offers a more flavorful curry mix. If you choose this route, we recommend you make enough to cook several meals and store it in the fridge.

But why should you make roux curry from scratch when you can buy it at the store? 

For starters, you are assured that your homemade roux is free of artificial flavors and additives unlike what is common in store-bought mixes. Secondly, the final flavor of the roux is up to you as you can add as many ingredients as you want.

To make a simple yet delicious and healthier curry paste, you will need cayenne pepper, curry powder, garam masala, butter (unsalted), and all-purpose flour. These are probably ingredients you already have at home. If you don’t, most of them are readily available on Amazon.

Spices and Seasonings

A wide selection of spices and seasonings - everyone can find something that can make his own curry recipe hit that perfect spot.

The butter infuses a rich and sweet flavor into the sauce mix while the flour and curry powder mix thickens the broth. You are at liberty to adjust the number of spices you use depending on your preference.

Additional spices you should consider for your mix include chili powder, nutmeg, cloves, cumin, fennel seeds, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, and lemon zest. If you love an enhanced and complex flavor, feel free to add soy sauce or Tonkatsu sauce in your roux curry.

To prepare the curry, heat the butter in a small pot and add the flour. Cook the two while stirring continuously to make a thick brown pasta. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for approximately three more minutes. Set aside and let it cool. Separate what you will use and store the rest for another day.

Japanese-Style Chicken Curry – Recipe

This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’s even so good that I personally wouldn’t mind having this in my bento box for lunch the next day. The ingredient list for Japanese chicken curry is fairly small.

You will need 1.2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken, preferably thighs. 2 large carrots, 2 medium-sized onions, and 2 large potatoes – diced. For the seasoning, you need half a tablespoon of ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1.5 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil for cooking.

You also need 100 ml of water or chicken stock, 1 apple, a tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of Shio (sea salt), 1.5 tablespoons of soy sauce, and a tablespoon of ketchup. Last, you need the secret ingredient that makes this recipe such a gem – Japanese curry roux.


Cut the chicken into small pieces and season with salt and pepper. Cut your onions and fry in a pot until translucent then add crushed ginger and garlic. Add your chicken and let it cook until it changes color. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add carrot wedges, chicken stock, and mix well.

Once it boils, skim the top to remove excess fat and scrum before stirring. Coarsely grate the apple into the stock then add honey and salt to taste. Let it simmer for 20 more minutes before adding the diced potatoes which should cook for 15 more minutes.

Once the potatoes are cooked, add mix the homemade or store-bought roux with a little liquid (chicken stock, soy sauce or water), make a paste and add to the pot. Stir to combine all the ingredients and let it simmer on low heat without the lid and stir occasionally. Once the curry thickens to the right consistency for you, turn off the heat and serve.

Serving And Substitute Ingredients

Often you serve the chicken curry with rice. However, you can substitute that for a Japanese curry ramen recipe. With the Japanese curry ramen recipe, ramen noodles take the place of the rice.

While Japanese chicken curry with rice comes with potatoes in the curry, the Japanese curry ramen recipe differs. For ramen, you only need the noodles and the base broth. The broth can be beef, chicken, or pork based. Ramen curry is almost always topped with hard-boiled eggs with a nearly runny yoke cut in two.

Other substitute ingredients for the chicken in your curry include vegetables, seafood, or tofu. While the boxed curry is the most used in Japan, if you are health conscious, we recommend you make your own curry sauce at home.

In the end, nothing on these recipes is cast in stone. If one ingredient does not work for you, there must be one that does, and it is okay to substitute, mix or add some that you fancy.

Mikasa Jones
Mikasa grew up in the dynamic Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mikasa defines herself as an adaptive young woman who has been immersed into various cultures not just in the United States, but also her mother's hometown in Yokohama, Japan. She is a chef by profession and is an active member of the American Culinary Federation. She swears by a cup of hot matcha after a long day, saying that it helps her relax and focus on her tasks on a day-to-day basis.

Japan Daily Press is one of her outlets for sharing information with readers about the accessibility of commercially available Japanese products. She thinks that the misconception of sub-standard quality and taste of commercial food should be erased because there are a lot of manufacturers that are really stepping up their game in terms of developing products that are as close to authentic as possible.