Hawaiian Mochiko Chicken


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 22 mins
10 servings


  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup mochiko (sweet rice flour)

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup sliced green onions

  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce (such as Aloha™ Shoyu)

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (Optional)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into strips

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix sugar, mochiko, cornstarch, and salt together in a bowl.

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

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

  4. 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 (per serving)

316 Calories
16g Fat
14g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 669mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 296mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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