Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mochiko Chicken-An Island Favorite

I have a lot of fond memories of going to picnics and parties on the weekends when I was growing up in Hawaii. People love their get-togethers there and it always revolves around food. The menu is diverse, mirroring the melting pot that makes Hawaii so unique. It also makes the food exciting and for me that's what I looked forward to the most.

One dish that was always on the menu was Mochiko Chicken. It's similar to the Japanese Karaage Fried Chicken but in my opinion, is way better and so much more flavorful. The special marinade that the chicken soaks in gives this dish an intense flavor that Karaage can't compare to. One bite and you literally have a party in your mouth!

We make it often right here in Japan and it's definitely a favorite when we make it for friends. It's super easy to make and I'll gladly share the recipe with you today.


Ingredients:Serves 2

1 pound chicken breast breast or thigh
1 tablespoon mochiko flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons white wine
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 cup green onion minced
1/4 cup white onion minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg


Whisk one egg in a small bowl. Add all ingredients except chicken into a zip lock bag. Massage until well incorporated.
Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Put chicken into ziploc bag and massage for 15 seconds. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
Heat oil to 180C/380F and cook for 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Drain on paper towels. Enjoy!

Mochiko Flour can easily be purchased online or at most Asian supermarkets. Mochiko can also be used to make Mochi ( sticky rice cakes )  and it's really easy to do. Replace regular flours with mochiko for a variety of recipes.

I found a site that has quite a number of delicious recipes using Mochiko. Check it out by clicking here.

If you can't find it at your local supermarket, just click on the picture on the left to purchase online. You'll be taken to Amazon where you'll be able to review your order.

I hope you enjoyed today's recipe. Please let me know if you try this out and post your pictures to any of my social media sites with #tabieats. Subscribe to our blog and check out our YouTube channel for daily videos. Thanks so much for reading and until next time, take care guys!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! Let me know when you do. Would love to see photos!

  2. Your blog posts always make me sooo hungry!! I definitely want to try this recipe! I'm going to pin this one so I don't lose track of it.


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