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Chicken nanban with tofu tartar sauce  チキン南蛮

June 25, 2018

Chicken nanban is a very popular chicken dish in Japanese cuisine. It is cooked in a sweet and sour nanban sauce and then topped with tartar sauce. For a healthier version, tofu is used as the main ingredient in the tartar sauce.


2 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon cooking wine
4 tablespoons cornstarch
salt & pepper
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar

tofu tartar sauce
50g soft tofu, drain and remove excess water
25g mayonnaise
¼ onion, minced
salt & pepper to taste


  1. For the tartar sauce. Use a whisk to mash the tofu, add mayonnaise and mix well. Add chopped onion, salt & pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into bit size. Marinate with wine, cornstarch, salt & pepper for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a frying and cook the chicken until golden brown.
  4. Combine sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Add to the chicken and bring to boil. Cook until the sauce thickens.
  5. Serve with tartar sauce.

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