Japanese Chicken Curry: A Comforting Favorite

Nothing beats a steaming dish of Japanese-style chicken curry on a cold day. Hearty chunks of potato, carrot, onions and chicken in a thick, smooth sweet and spicy sauce topped over rice will warm you from the inside out. Curry-rice, as the dish is known in Japan, is a favorite for Japanese of all ages. It is relatively simple to make, and becomes even tastier the next day making it perfect for a weeknight dinner (or several weeknights’ dinner depending on how much you make).

Despite sharing a name and key spice component with Indian and Thai curries, Japanese is quite different, and a dish unto itself. It is often much sweeter than it is spicy, has a thicker more stew-like consistency, and often contains very little, if any dairy and no coconut milk. Curry spices were introduced to Japan in the mid 19th century by the British, and as such, Japanese curry bears a much stronger resemblance to Irish curry dishes than it does to its south asian counterparts, despite the much shorter relative distance. That said, Japanese curry has become a popular dish across Asia and the Americas and is commonly made both at home, and served in restaurants.

Try the following recipe to make your own Japanese-style curry!

Chicken Curry

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total: 1 hr 15 mins


1.2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (atsuage tofu works well for a vegetarian substitution)

2 carrots, peeled

2 onions

2 potatoes, peeled

1 tbsp