Learn how to make Mochiko Chicken, a crispy and juicy Hawaiian fried chicken that’s coated in a flavorful mixture of Mochiko flour and spices. Follow our easy recipe and impress your friends and family with this mouth-watering Mochiko Hawaiian fried chicken.
I have a confession to make. I didn’t even make the chicken in these pictures… my husband did. Doesn’t it look good?! He is quite a good cook! But then he goes and does weird things like cutting onions the wrong way no matter how many times I correct him. He cuts it in half like you would cut onion rings, instead of pole to pole. Every time. Who does that? But he’s good at frying things which is one of the best skills to have, in my opinion.
Anyways, it was Saturday evening and he asked me what dinner was and I said, oh… I dunno, what do we have in the fridge? And he said, I’m going to make some fried chicken. And then I said, I love you. Actually I think I said, eh, whatevs, if that’s what you want to do (I’m so ungrateful and I don’t deserve him).
Hawaiian Style Fried Chicken
Mochiko chicken is a Hawaiian style fried chicken. It has Japanese roots, since it uses mochiko (sweet rice flour), soy sauce, mirin 味醂, ginger and other Japanese flavors, but I had never had it until my husband introduced it to me in Hawaii. It’s one of my favorite local Hawaiian dishes, and we get it every time we visit Maui. All tourists and even locals love it. But since we aren’t in Hawaii, thank goodness it’s easy to whip up at home.
Mochiko Chicken Recipe
The Mochiko chicken recipe is different than many other fried chicken recipes, instead of dredging it separately in flour and eggs, you just mix everything together, marinate, and fry! Because you don’t do the separate dredging, there isn’t a thick coating/crunch factor, but the flavor of the marinade is spot on. It’s really simple and tastes amazing!
This chicken is a winner- guaranteed.
Mochiko Flour is a great gluten free alternative to traditional flours. Check out my other mochiko flour recipes including my famous butter mochi recipe for more ideas.