Spicy Fried Chicken Katsu Toasted Sesame Steamed Buns

Chicken katsu steamed buns with pickles, cilantro and chili paste
Grilled Cheese Social
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 3 steamed buns (3 servings)

With a kick from sambal, a spicy Asian vinegary hot sauce paste, a hint of tartness from quick pickled cucumbers, and a pop of herbal freshness from cilantro, this chicken katsu steamed bun recipe results in one heck of a spicy chicken sandwich. 

Oh, and FYI, we've written this recipe as if you've got frozen steamed buns on hand - However if you'd like to dare to make them yourself we recommend following this recipe from Epicurious.


  • 3 frozen steamed buns
  • 1 pat butter
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. sambal (or similar chile paste)
  • 6 quick pickles
  • a few sprigs cilantro
  • 1 breast chicken katsu
  • For the Chicken Katsu (fried chicken)
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko (seasoned)
  • 1 egg (whisked)

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare chicken katsu. Cut chicken breast into three pieces. Toss each piece with cornstarch, salt, and pepper.

  2. Heat oil to 370 F in a small frying pan.

  3. Douse the chicken nuggets in flour, then the egg wash, then the panko, and lastly into the fryer for a few minutes until chicken is cooked through and crispy. Set aside.

  4. Steam the frozen buns until ready while melting butter in a small shallow skillet.

  5. Once the butter has melted, and add steamed buns and allow them to brown for a little under a minute, and remove from heat. As they're still wet looking from the butter, pat on the sesame seeds and set aside. 

  6. 3. Assemble the sandwiches by evenly distributing the sambal, the fried chicken, the cilantro and the cucumbers onto the three sesame steamed buns. Serve immediately.