Chicken Katsu with Katsu Sauce (L&L Hawaiian Barbecue)

Hope Vaillancourt Recipe

By Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87

1 Hr 40 Min
10 Min
Deep Fry

I used to go to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue all the time when I lived in Las Vegas, but since I have moved out of state to a small town there isn't any L&L's here. There is not much of anything to be honest. so I was craving Chicken Katsu and wanted to try and make it here at home to best match the chicken katsu from L&L that my husband and I love. I found this hidden recipe online (was not easy to find) and is now one of my favorites to make here at home! I can easily make this here at home and don't have to drive 150 some miles south just to have some delicious chicken katsu!

***The sauce is so delicious, you just HAVE to serve it with the chicken!***


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2 large
3/4 c
1/4 tsp
ground pepper
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
1 c
15 - 20, 4 lb
chicken thighs, boneless & skinless
1 lb
panko bread crumbs
1/2 c
worcestershire sauce
1 c
1 c
2 1/2 c
1/3 tsp
1/4 tsp
chicken bouillon
1/4 tsp
ground pepper
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
2-3 dash(es)
tabasco sauce

Directions Step-By-Step

To make sauce: Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch dissolved in water to thicken. Chill and serve. **I would always make the sauce first to chill for a few hours before the chicken was ready (the sauce thickens in the refrigerator)***
Open the chicken thighs and flatten. In a bowl, combine eggs, cornstarch, pepper, garlic powder, and water. In a separate bowl pour in your panko bread crumbs. First dip the chicken in the egg batter to coat, then dip chicken in the panko bread crumbs. Fry in oil (maximum 325 degrees) until brown and crispy.
Cut chicken into strips and serve with sauce. Serve with a few scoops of hot, sticky, white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad for a true plate lunch special like L&L Hawaiian Barbecue! Serves 7-10.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Hashtags: #Fried, #hawaiian, #Katsu

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Shirley Makekau tutuwoman
Nov 10, 2011
Hope, that is winner recipe! I make this dish for hubby all the time as he is Maui born and raised native Hawaiian guy! We went to L and L quite often. there is no L & L restaurant here in Vancouver,WA area that I know of.. could be wrong but I haven't seen any. And that picture is a true "bento plate" serving the chicken katsu with the scoops of rice and mac salad!!
Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87
Nov 10, 2011
thank you Shirley! This is the absolute best recipe I have found that best matches L&L's Chicken Katsu! The sauce is so addicting so make sure you aren't catching yourself dipping your fingers in the sauce to lick it off like I did a few times hahaha! Glad I could help! Let me know if you try & make this and if you like it! Godbless!
Dec 15, 2011 - Tara Pacheco shared this recipe with discussion group: Local Favorites
Abby Cooper abbycooper69
Jun 26, 2012
Saved- my hubby loves this! One of the few" local" foods he will eat! Lol
Berny Luning kalanigirl
Dec 31, 2013
my son moved from Hawai'i to Oklahoma & he loves Chicken Katsu. The last time he was home was in 2008 & the 1st restaurant he would visit is L&L drive inn to eat chicken Katsu, they don't have L&L in Enid, OK so I'm sending him panko to cook his own chicken Katsu. I'll let you know how it came out. I'm hoping the rest of the ingredients can be purchased locally, Mahalo for sharing your recipe--I'm planning to try it myself! Berny from Mākaha, Hawai'i
Serenia Arrington Serenia
Mar 3, 2014
How much cornstarch is needed to mix with the 2 1/2 cups of water for the sauce?
Tamara Minck kids1lab
Jul 25, 2014
Think their may be a typo on the sauce. Your liquids total 5 cups, and no cornstarch mentioned. Is this correct? Would love to try the recipe. Help! Thanks! Looks delish!