Mochiko Chicken

Mochiko Chicken

Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Mochiko chicken is a popular Hawaiian island fried chicken.


  • 3.5 - 5lb skinless boneless chicken thighs (cut into thirds)
  • 2/3 cups cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup mochiko
  • 1/3 cup sugar (this can be cut down to 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons green onions (chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • oil for frying


  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


I don't use any pepper flakes (kids won't let  me), but you can add 1/4 tsp. to add some heat. The 1/2 T. of sesame seeds are optional too, but I like to add them in for some extra sesame flavor without it being too overpowering.


Step 1
In a large sealable container, combine all the ingredients and mix well. It will be on the thicker side, but will thin out as the chicken marinates. Set aside.
Step 2
Cut chicken thighs into three equal pieces.
Step 3
Add chicken to the mix and stir to coat well. Cover the container and let the chicken marinate overnight.
Step 4
Remove chicken from refrigerator and stir until all chicken pieces are coated well. Some of the cornstarch mixture may have settled to the bottom, creating a thick paste, but just mix it back up. *The mixture will be thinner. Just make sure you coat each piece with the mix before frying.
Step 5
Place about one inch of oil in your pan. Heat oil and fry pieces till golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve.