Mochiko Chicken

March 2, 2008

In Hawaii, if there’s one thing we all love it’s Pot Lucks.

Pot Lucks are when a group of people get together and everyone brings a dish to share. One of my all-time favorite contributions is Mochiko Chicken. It’s really easy to make and it’s always the hit of the party.

5 pounds chicken thighs, deboned, (or chicken wings)
4 eggs, beaten
10 tablespoons shoyu
6 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons mochiko
8 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
oil for frying

Mix everything (except chicken and oil). Marinate chicken for 5 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Fry chicken in 1-inch hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Cool and cut into slices.

Note: If desired, discard chicken skins before marinating. Tastes great with or without skin and it can be prepared a day ahead. This is one of the all time favorites with locals.

Update: I’m so sorry, I didn’t even think about people not being able to get shoyu or mochiko where they live. I’m sure you could get shoyu in any asian-type store and if you really want to make this, I could send you a box of mochiko (it’s a type of flour) from Hawaii. Just let me know.  

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29 Comments on “Mochiko Chicken”

March 2, 2008
11:16 am

Deborah said:

Looks WONDERFUL! I’d love to make this for my husband. But, I don’t know what shoyu is or mochiko. I wonder if I can find these two items here in Australia…hmmm…any substitutes if I cannot find them?

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March 2, 2008
12:00 pm

Rosie said:

It looks gorgeous, I think I’d stuggle to find the shoyu and mochiko too. Perhaps we should move to Hawaii!

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March 2, 2008
2:57 pm

Renee said:

Well I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who has no idea what shoyu & mochiko are.

That dish looks as if it might be sweet.

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March 2, 2008
3:41 pm

Pamela said:

what Deborah said

March 2, 2008
4:04 pm

Dee said:

oh my gosh my favorite chicken….my brother joe usually makes this, but since he lives in Kaneohe lol ….I can now make it myself.
It’s whats for dinner tonight so I’m so glad I popped in on your site to see what was happening today! You planned my meal for me.

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March 2, 2008
4:42 pm

Lisa in CA said:

Please explain what shoyu and mochiko are. I’m guessing some kind of spice. Clue us in…it looks delicious!

March 2, 2008
5:04 pm

Jessica said:

that makes me hungry!!

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March 2, 2008
5:15 pm

Lisa said:

Ditto what Lisa in CA said.

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March 2, 2008
6:51 pm

yoshi said:

I am definitely making this. it sounds so good!

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March 2, 2008
8:35 pm

Twisted Cinderella said:

That looks and sounds delicious!

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March 3, 2008
12:03 am

Desert Songbird said:

This looks a lot like a dish my friend makes. I can attest to the fact this it is yum-MY!

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March 3, 2008
12:38 am

Kelly Rigby said:

Yes, this is making me very hungry. Looks delicious, and it’s possible my Asian grocer might have some shoyu and mochiko, or something similar. I’ll have to check it out.

I love collecting recipes, though I’m not always so keen on cooking…


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March 3, 2008
12:48 am

Dee said:

I made it Kailani,
it was some ono!

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March 3, 2008
2:10 am

Briggie said:

okay, this looks just too yummy not to try it. i looked up mochiko and shoyu on yahoo and think i should be able to find them at the korean market my husband took me to a few years ago. i’ve been wanting to go back and since my son has never been there i think we’re taking a little road trip tomorrow!
have a wonderful and blessed week!
Briggie ^i^

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March 3, 2008
2:47 am

Holly Schwendiman said:

It looks so yummy!


March 3, 2008
1:20 pm

Cathi said:

This sounds so delicious! An Asian store huh? When we wanted to make tamales, my daughter-in-law and I to a Mexican market but no one spoke English to help us find what we needed. I hope I do better at the Asian market. :)
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March 3, 2008
4:35 pm

Melissa said:

Yum!! That looks WONDERFUL!! I am going to have to try that….

March 3, 2008
5:16 pm

Grace said:

This is a popular dish in Japan as well. Shoyu is Japanese for soy sauce and mochiko literally means sticky rice flour (or flour from sticky glutinous rice). Love this!

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March 4, 2008
3:07 pm

Lulu said:

Potlucks are awesome…and the chicken looks yummy!

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March 4, 2008
4:31 pm

Briggie said:

Okay, the Mochiko Chicken is marinating as I type this comment. You should have put a disclaimer in your post that it’s not a good idea to prepare this if hungry!!! The smell is out of this world! I had so much fun putting it all together. I can’t wait to have it for dinner tonight. I’ll snap a picture and post it on my blog and I’ll let you know how it turns out! Just an fyi - I was able to get everything I needed at our Asian market. The Mochiko (rice flour) was only $1.99 for the box, and Shoyu is actually Japanese for Soy Sauce and I have tons of that in my pantry (we do a lot of Sushi take-out). I opted to nix the sesame seeds because hubby isn’t allowed to have them. Next time I’ll split the marinade and do some with and some without! Thanks again for the recipe!

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March 4, 2008
6:17 pm

groovyoldlady said:

That sounds AWESOME. Thankfully, even here in Podunk we have us some Asian cuisine shops. They’re a little shady looking, but I’d brave them to try this dish!

Aha! That’s what I’ll guest blog about…Hunting for the ingredients and making the dish and testing it on friends/family. Ooo-ooo-ooo!

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March 5, 2008
12:25 am

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March 5, 2008
12:26 am

Briggie said:

well, as promised I made the chicken, you can head over to my blog for my review!

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March 16, 2008
5:10 pm

larry s said:

it say’s to mix everything but the chicken then it say’s to marinate the chicken but what do i marinate the chicken in?

August 24, 2008
6:01 am

Heidy said:

Found this recipe after trying mochiko chicken at our local Hawaiian restaurant. I am going to try it tonight. Thank you for sharing.


Kipa said:

Oh, it’s delicious…ONO!! Love it, and can’t stop making it…we never get tired of it…thank you for sharing this recipe…LOVE it!

Mahalo Much:)


JR said:

great, great recipe! just had it for dinner last night. marinating overnight makes for great flavor.

thank you.

March 14, 2009
7:41 am

judy said:

oishi so desu ne

April 10, 2009
11:02 am

Cindy said:

“Mochiko” - is a Rice Flour
“Shoyu” - is Soy Sauce

Both can be found in the Asian section of markets.

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