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Japanese Style Chicken in Kudzu Sauce Recipe

Japanese Style Chicken in Kudzu Sauce Recipe - Yunomi.life

Sachiko Murata |

In Japan, we have a classic thick, starchy sauce called "an" (あん) which we eat with vegetables, seafoods, and tofu.I’ll introduce you to the thick sauce using minced chicken and Kudzu powder. 

Kudzu powder is starch made from the roots of the Kudzu plant ,having lots of health benefits such as improving your gut and circulation.I feel like having Kudzu powder when my stomach is upset. 

Check out the article if you're interested in reading more, What's Kudzu powder and How to Enjoy It




This recipe is very easy to make. Just add all the ingredients in a pan and heat them, and it is very versatile. Pour it onto vegetables you like, potatoes ,pumpkin and broccoli, etc.Boiled potatoes or boiled Daikon radish with the Kudzu sauce makes me feel well.   

It's fantastic paired with spinach or asparagus. 


 Japanese spinach with Kudzu sauce


Let’s start cooking!

Chicken in Kudzu Sauce Recipe  



[ A ]

300g / 10oz of minced chicken 

3 tbsp of Shoyu (Soy sauce)

1 tbsp of sugar

2 tbsp of Mirin (Japanese condiment)  or replace it with 2 tbsp of white wine and 1 tbsp of honey

200ml of water

1 tsp of juice from ground fresh ginger


[ B ] 

about 2 tbsp (25g) of Kudzu powder   

2 tbsp (25g) of water

*It's possible to make the sauce with other starches like potato starch, corn starch.




1 Place [ A ] in a pan over medium heat and stir often until the chicken is heated well. 

2 Place [ B ] in a small bowl, and mix well until it is smooth. Pour the Kudzu-water into the pan and bring it to a simmer, stirring continuously until the Kudzu-water gets translucent and glossy.   

Serve warm.


It is delicious to have with warm tofu! I sprinkled black pepper and yuzu’s peel on top.  


 Warm tofu with Kudzu sauce


You can add spring onion as a topping like this when serving.



Serve it with your favorite vegetables. We’d be happy to know how you enjoy the sauce. 

Enjoy !



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Today's recommendation

Yoshinokuzu Kudzu powder 本吉野葛


Imperial grade Kudzu powder from the maker who has been producing it for more than 300 years, since the Edo period, following the "Yoshinozarashi" process using pure well water.


Oishi Tea Farm: Yuzu Powder 18g


You can sprinkle it on top of the dishes.

The Yuzu is grown without pesticide and carefully dried and crushed by farmer Yujiro Oishi on the island of Tsushima, Nagasaki.


Dried Kujyo Spring Onion from Kyoto, Kyo no Kanbutsuya 京の乾物屋 京都産九条ねぎ 


You can sprinkle it on top of the dishes.    


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