This mochiko chicken is my daughter's favorite thing in the whole wide world. If you have never eaten mochiko chicken then you don't know what you been missing. This is a staple in many potlucks, tailgating and family gatherings. Mochiko is a Japanese sweet flour that makes a light batter. I make this for my family of 8 once a month. I have to triple the recipe and there is never leftovers.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
7 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 22 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Mix sugar, mochiko, cornstarch, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Whisk eggs, green onions, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and garlic together in a bowl. Whisk into the flour mixture to form a smooth batter.

  • Stir chicken strips gently into the batter. Marinate in the refrigerator, 4 hours to overnight.

  • Fill a deep saucepan with 1 1/2 inch oil; heat over medium heat. Fry chicken strips in batches in the hot oil, turning occasionally, until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, about 7 minutes.

Cook's Note:

I always marinate overnight. It is so much better.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

316 calories; protein 28.2g; carbohydrates 14.1g; fat 15.7g; cholesterol 130.2mg; sodium 669.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
This was great! I used boneless chicken breasts, which I sliced in half lengthwise so they were thinner w/o pounding. I didn't add the green onion nor the sesame seeds, and it was perfect. Mochiko chicken is a very popular japanese/hawaiian dish, and is often put into bentos (lunches). You could use a little less sugar if you want. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
don't forget the Sriracha and mayo mixed together to top it off. A little dab of it on top of the chicken and then garnished with the green onion. That's how I learned to prepare it in Hawaii. BEST chicken I've ever had in my life! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My family loved this dish! All three kids ate it. That alone is a miracle within itself. My husband said that it would be better if it had crushed red pepper in the marinade but as the rest of us don't like spicy that will have to only go on his. I did think it was good but I feel like it was missing something. I think next time I'll add some Asian Five Spice or nutmeg or something else to try to give it that little extra that it needs. Read More