Mochiko Fried Chicken

5 from 9 votes
Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Ever since I went to Hawaii I’ve been craving this Mochiko Fried Chicken. It’s so crispy, juicy, and pairs perfectly with a garlic sriracha aioli and a light sprinkling of furikake! The best part is how easy it is to make at home!

Mochiko Fried Chicken close up in a bowl

Check out the Mochiko Fried Chicken recipe video below!

Ingredient Tips for Mochiko Fried Chicken

  • MOCHIKO FLOUR – What is Mochiko flour, and why does it make great fried chicken? Mochiko flour is a type of sweet rice flour that is often used for making mochi, as a batter for fried chicken, or other Japanese sweets and desserts. In this case, we’re using it as a batter to make ultra crispy fried chicken! As this is a KEY ingredient in this dish, there is technically no substitute for it. 🙁
  • CHICKEN – In this recipe, I used chicken thigh, as it tends to be juicer and does not dry out as easily. If you want to sub with chicken breast, I would recommend brining it to ensure it stays as moist as possible. I included sriracha in the chicken marinade but if you are sensitive to spice, feel free to omit it!
  • WHITE PEPPER – I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s not a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)
  • MSG – As always, this is optional 🙂
  • NEUTRAL OIL – My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish.
  • SAKE – I haven’t found a substitute for sake that I love, as I find that it has a distinct flavor profile that is hard to replace in a recipe. You can try sherry, mirin, shaoxing wine, rice vinegar, or even chicken stock, but I would highly encourage you to use sake if you can.
Mochiko flour in a box
Mochiko Fried Chicken close up with furikake

Recipe Tips for Mochiko Fried Chicken

  • BATTER CONSISTENCY – Refer to the recipe video at the top of the page to see what the batter consistency should look like!
  • MARINATE YOUR CHICKEN – I highly recommend you marinate the chicken overnight; if you are crunched for time, marinate for at least 4 hours!
  • DREDGE, REST, DREDGE – This step is OPTIONAL but if you have the time, let your chicken rest for 30 minutes after being tossed in the dredge. Once 30 minutes is up, toss the chicken in the dredge one more time to add additional batter. This will result in an extra crunchy chicken with awesome texture!
  • OIL TEMPERATURE – Do not let your frying oil drop below 325F when frying! I highly recommend you use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. If you see it dropping below 325F, fry your chicken in batches. Frying at a low temperature will result in too much moisture (AKA SOGGY!)

If you liked this Mochiko Fried Chicken recipe, check out some other fried chicken recipes:

If you tried this Mochiko Fried Chicken or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the comments below!

Mochiko Fried Chicken with spicy mayo sauce
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
5 from 9 votes

Mochiko Fried Chicken

Servings: 3
Prep: 4 hours
Cook: 30 minutes
Mochiko Fried Chicken close up in a bowl
Ever since I went to Hawaii I've been craving this Mochiko Fried Chicken. It's so crispy, juicy, and pairs perfectly with a garlic sriracha aioli and a light sprinkling of furikake.



  • 1 lb chicken thigh, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp msg, optional
  • 1/2 tbsp sriracha, omit if you are sensitive to spice
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup mochiko flour
  • 1 egg


Garlic-Sriracha Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt



  • Trim chicken thighs of any excess fat and cut into 2" pieces and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine grated garlic, soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, sriracha, sake, cornstarch, mochiko flour, and egg. Whisk together until thoroughly combined (refer to video for batter consistency).
  • Add your chicken to the marinade and mix well. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours but ideally overnight.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, white pepper, and salt. Drop in your chicken and toss in the dredge, coating thoroughly. **Optional for extra crunch** Let the chicken rest for 30 minutes until the batter has absorbed some of the dredge, then toss again in the dredge to add additional batter to the chicken.
  • In a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat oil to 350F and fry chicken in batches for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. For best results, use a thermometer here to ensure the oil temp does not drop below 325F. If it does, remove chicken and fry in smaller batches.
  • Remove chicken from oil and immediately season with kosher salt.
  • To make the garlic-sriracha aioli, combine mayo, sriracha, grated garlic, salt and sugar. Serve with the chicken, top with furikake seasoning, and enjoy!


Calories: 801kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 30gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 22gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 218mgSodium: 1580mgPotassium: 403mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 239IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Tried this recipe?Mention @cj.eats_ or tag #cjeatsrecipes!

About CJ

I’m a third generation Chinese-American home cook who has always loved cooking & eating! Welcome to my food blog, where you can find trusted, tested, easy & approachable recipes for the everyday home cook that taste delicious! I am so glad you're here!

You May Also Like:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Just came back from Oahu and already missing the plate lunch. Always mochiko chicken or loco Moco for me! Mac salad, too!

  2. 5 stars
    It’s good to know that using chicken thigh is juicer and doesn’t dry out as easily. My kids like fried chicken, and I’m hoping to take them to a restaurant for my son’s birthday. I’m hoping that I can find a local restaurant for us to visit.