Marinated Deep-fried Chicken (Tazta Age)

Posted June 26th, 2010 in Food 4 Comments »

Tazta-age (tatsuta-age) is a kind of Kara-age.  Kara-age is a deep-fried chicken (usually chicken thigh) coated with katakuriko (a starch originally processed from the corm of katakuri) and plain flour after being marinated with garlic and some spices.  On the other hand, tazta-age is a deep-fried chicken (usually chicken thigh) coated with only katakuriko after being marinated with soy sauce and sweet mirin.  You can use corn starch (corn flour) instead of katakuriko.

The key to make juicy kara-age with crispy texture is the twice-deep-frying.  You deep-fry the meat in low-temperatured oil first, then deep-fry again in very hot oil to shake off any excess fat and to make it crispy.


<Tazta Age> serves 4

  • 400g chicken thigh
  • 20g soy sauce
  • 20g raw sugar
  • 15g sake (white wine)
  • 5g ginger (grated or sliced)
  • katakuriko (corn flour) to dust
  1. Cut chicken into pieces.  Trim chicken thigh into even thickness.
  2. Marinade in the sauce for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the chicken.  Heat the oil in a pan to 160°.
  4. Coat the chicken with katakuriko, shake off any excess flour, and deep-fry both side until coloured.  Set aside.
  5. Heat up the oil to 180°.  Deep-fry the chicken pieces again both side until crispy.
The best way to eat tazta-age is with Japanese mayonnaise!  You can’t stop eating steamed rice with it.
or you can make Tazta Burger!  I remember MacDonalds’ Tazta Burger…  one of my favorite 😀

4 Comments on “Marinated Deep-fried Chicken (Tazta Age)”

  1. 1 Kathy said at 1:00 pm on June 26th, 2010:

    I LOVED the chicken tatsuya burger at McDonalds….why, why, why did they ever stop making them??

    I liked the special bun and the texture of the cabbage as well as the chicken. The normal chicken burger is just not as nice.

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 2:11 pm on June 26th, 2010:

    McDonalds near my house still sell Tatsuta Burger, Kethy 🙂
    I think only limited stores sell this item, which I don’t stand why!

    Yeah, the combination of the mayo, shredded lettuce with the juicy tatsuta-age and soft bun…

  3. 3 Kathy said at 2:47 pm on June 26th, 2010:

    In Shiga they still sell them? Wow! I thought they stopped selling them all over Japan in 2006.

    I know chicken tatsuta had a short revival this year and I was hoping to have one when I visited Japan in March/April but I was too late. I was SO SAD…

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 3:05 pm on June 26th, 2010:


    Oh! Maybe I was just lucky then. Maybe I was there while McDonald was doing the revival 😀

    I searched about it, and apparently McDonald doesn’t sell this item anymore (>0<) WHY There could be few rumours : 1. the ingredients in tatsuta burger couldn't be shared with other burger (it contained "cabbage", not lettuce. and the chicken was deep-fried as "tatsuta-age", not like other normal chicken burger) 2. McDonald's owner has changed and the new owner didn't want to sell this item 3. McDonald had to stop this item because of the chicken flu few years ago .... but there are many tatsuta burger fans!! I hope they'll put it back to the regular menu...

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