Imagine fried chicken fillet sandwich but, instead of bread, the meat is stuffed between two layers of rice then wrapped with nori. Chicken katsu onigirazu is a portable breakfast, lunch or snack.
Onigirazu is a variant of onigiri but its history is not as old. While onigiri dates back to the 11th century, onigirazu was born in the 1990s in a manga series called “Cooking Papa”.
Chicken Katsu Onigirazu (Crispy Chicken and Rice Sandwich)
- Spread the hot rice on a tray, drizzle in the rice vinegar and toss to distribute evenly.
- Leave the rice to cool, tossing often, until it reaches room temperature.
- Divide the rice into eight equal portions.
- Place a square sheet of cling film (larger than the nori sheet) on your work surface and position a nori sheet at the center.
- Take a portion of rice and arrange in a mound at the center of the nori sheet.
- Arrange strips of pickled ginger on top of the rice.
- Take a chicken katsu and press lightly on the rice.
- Spread tonkatu sauce on top of the chicken katsu.
- Take a portion of shredded cabbage and place on top of the chicken.
- Take another portion of rice and lightly press on the cabbage-topped chicken katsu.
- Gather the four corners of the nori sheet and fold in to enclose the fillings.
- Gather the four corners of the cling film and fold in to enclose the onigirazu.
- Using the remaining ingredients, make three more chicken katsu onigirazu.
- Serve the chicken katsu onigirazu right away or cut into halves to expose the fillings for a more visually appetizing look.