Air-Fryer Katsu Sandwiches

Katsu is a Japanese dish featuring a fried breadcrumb-coated piece of meat, often sliced and served with a dipping sauce on the side. Here, we take the crispy chicken cutlet and use it as a base for a sandwich. A tonkatsu-inspired tangy sauce pairs well with the chicken, while a napa cabbage and radish slaw provides freshness and crunch.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Katsu Sandwiches
Photo: Photographer: Kelsey Hansen, Food Stylist: Kelsey Moylan
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • cup whole-wheat flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Cooking spray

  • ¼ cup reduced-sugar ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 3 cups shredded napa cabbage

  • ¼ cup julienned radishes

  • 1 tablespoon sliced scallions

  • ¼ cup Kewpie mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Whisk flour and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

  2. Whisk panko and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a second shallow dish. Whisk eggs and mustard in a third shallow dish until smooth.

  3. Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally to form 4 thin cutlets. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the cutlets and use the flat side of a meat mallet or heavy pan to pound the chicken lightly until about 1/2-inch thick.

  4. Dredge the cutlets in the flour to coat, shaking off excess. Dip in the egg mixture to coat. Dredge in the panko to coat, shaking off excess.

  5. Coat the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray. Working in batches as necessary, arrange the cutlets in a single layer in the basket; coat with cooking spray. Cook at 400°F, flipping once, until golden, crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 7 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, whisk ketchup, Worcestershire, molasses, soy sauce and ginger in a small bowl.

  7. Combine vinegar, avocado oil, sugar and sesame oil in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, radishes and scallions; stir to combine.

  8. Spread 1 tablespoon mayo on cut side of each bottom bun. Top with a crispy chicken cutlet, then drizzle with the tonkatsu sauce. Top with the remaining bun halves and serve with the coleslaw.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

490 Calories
20g Fat
44g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 490
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Vitamin A 632IU 13%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Vitamin D 14IU 4%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 29mcg 7%
Vitamin K 9mcg 8%
Sodium 921mg 40%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 80mg 19%
Potassium 542mg 12%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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