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Mochiko Fried Chicken

I think the world is divided into two camps, the ones who love are in love with fried chicken, and the ones who are absolutely crazy about fried chicken. I am definitely in the later camp, and I am loving every bit of this mochiko fried chicken. It’s summer and it’s hot, but I don’t mind frying these babies so I can have an awesome dinner. These are so flavorful on its own, but if you really must, go ahead and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Mochiko Fried Chicken Ingredients
Mochiko Fried Chicken Ingredients

The Marinade

Mochiko is definitely the key to get that crispy skin. If you absolutely cannot find mochiko, your next best bet is rice flour. You will also need corn starch, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and scallions. Slice chicken breasts into tiny chunks and let them soak in the marinade for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Mochiko Fried Chicken
Mochiko Fried Chicken

Frying the chicken

The way to fry the chicken is to shallow fry them, meaning you will need about an inch of oil in your frying pan. Shallow frying means the chicken pieces is only partially submerged in hot oil. If you are not averse to deep frying, you can go that route too. Serve the chicken piping hot, especially good with a tall glass of cold beer. Please don’t drive afterwards :)

Mochiko Fried Chicken
Mochiko Fried Chicken

Mochiko Fried Chicken

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 2 pair of boneless skinless chicken breast, slice into bite size chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoon mochiko
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • vegetable oil, for shallow frying


  1. Mix together eggs, soy sauce, mochiko, sugar, corn starch, garlic, ginger, and scallion in a mixing bowl to make the marinade.
  2. Toss in the chicken into the marinade to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Return chicken to room temperature prior to cooking. Meanwhile, heat 1" of oil over high heat until runny and shimmering, then reduce the oil to medium heat.
  4. Gently lower chicken pieces, one at a time, into the hot oil. Fry in batches (about 5-6 pieces) until both sides are crispy and golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Place cooked chicken over a wire rack to drain excess oil. Serve hot.
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  • V V says:

    clarification: 2 chicken breasts OR 2 *pairs* of chicken breasts=4 chicken breasts???

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi V, it's 2 pairs, so 4 chicken breasts.

  • Sherly Sherly says:

    Hi Anita, Can i substitute Mochiko for normal glutinous rice flour (Erawan/Elephant Brand)? Thank you so much :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Sherly, I haven't tried subbing mochiko with Thai glutinous rice flour myself, but I am quite confident it will work. :)

  • Cynthia Beaulé Cynthia Beaulé says:

    Can I make this with chicken thighs?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Cynthia, you can use chicken thigh too. In fact, the dish will be even juicier compared to using chicken breast. :)

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