Little People Nutrition’s Japanese Chicken Katsu Recipe

Mandy from Little People Nutrition has shared her delicious Japanese Chicken Katsu recipe with us. Packed with protein and lots of yummy vegetables – this is the perfect meal for the whole family to enjoy and we are so excited to share it with you! To learn more about Imagine Childcare’s partnership and training with Little People Nutrition, read our interview with Mandy here.

Before we begin – A tip from Mandy! 

Mandy says, when thinking about what to serve for children, look at always serving a “safe” food for them. For instance, if you are serving the Japanese Katsu meal and you know your child is still learning about mixed dishes, serve the meal with the elements separated out with a safe food on offer. Their “safe” food might be rice. Therefore, you know in this meal, if they do not like the curry, the chicken, or the vegetables, they will have something to eat with the meal.

  • Serves: A family of four (with yummy leftovers)
  • Food groups: 1 serve of carbohydrates, 1 serve of vegetables, ¾ serve of protein
  • Allergy notes: Please note that breadcrumbs contain gluten. Gluten-free breadcrumbs can be purchased from your local supermarket or health food store.
  • Meal cost: We shopped via Coles online for a total cost of $36.63. This cost also includes pantry staples such as curry powder, corn flour, maple syrup, rice, breadcrumbs, and olive oil – which can all be used in future meals too!
  • Save money and make this meal with your Nurch points: Did you know that Imagine Childcare families can redeem 3000 Nurch points for a $100 Woolworths or Coles digital gift card? If you’re not a Nurch member yet, check out our blog post here, to see how our parents are saving money on their household spend by earning Nurch points on their childcare fees.


  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp of curry powder
  • 1 x 400ml can of reduced fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • 500-700 grams of chicken breast cut into tender pieces
  • 1 tbsp of corn flour + 3 tbsp of water
  • 300g of breadcrumbs
  • 2tbsp of oil
  • 300g of dry rice
  • 2 large cucumbers cut into slivers
  • 2 large carrots cut in slivers


  1. In a large pan add in the olive oil and heat it up. Add in the diced onions and garlic and sautee for a minute.
  2. Add in the chopped carrots, ginger, turmeric and curry powder and stir to combine. Heat through for a few minutes.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for approximately 15 minutes on low, covered heat.
  4. When the carrots are soft, blend the curry with a stick blender or in the mixer.
  5. For the chicken, mix the cornflour and water together and dip the chicken pieces into this mixture and then into the bread crumbs.
  6. On a lined baked tray, spray or drizzle some oil on the base.
  7. Lay the pieces flat on a lined baking tray and drizzle or spray a little oil on top.
  8. Place lined baking tray into a 200C oven and cooked for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Half way through cooking, turn the chicken over to be browned on all sides.
  10. While the chicken and curry are cooking, cook the rice and slice the cucumbers and carrots.
  11. The curry can be served on the plate, rice or on the side in a dipping bowl.

A Special Note From Little People Nutrition

Solids for 9 months plus

This dish can be offered once solids have been established, at approximately 9 months. With this dish you could puree the chicken into the curry and serve it as one. Then when the children are slightly older with finger foods, the chicken can be used for dipping, (although it is best to start children with poached strips of chicken rather than crumbed).

The reason why we say 9 months at Little People Nutrition, is because of the use of curry powder. This isn’t of a huge concern, but we wouldn’t want to start too early on sensitive tummies.

At Imagine Childcare, we strongly believe that excellent nutrition is important for our little one’s health and development. One of the benefits we offer families is nutritious meals for children included in our daily fee. To learn more about our approach to nutrition and all the benefits of enrolling at Imagine Childcare, visit our website or phone us on 1300 001 154.


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