How to make Mochiko Fried Chicken and the recipes of Mochiko Fried Chicken

Mochiko Fried Chicken

A delightful Japanese American dish that’s easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion, adapted from tatsuta age, featuring crispy chicken marinated in mochiko flour.

Time: 45 minutes plus marinating
Makes: 4 to 6 servings as part of a multicourse family-style meal


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons mochiko flour
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts, chopped (¼ cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Vegetable oil for shallow frying


1 Prepare Chicken:

    • Using a meat pounder, gently pound the chicken to flatten without tearing. Cut into 2- to 3-inch chunks.

    2 Marinate:

      • In a large bowl, combine eggs, soy sauce, mochiko flour, cornstarch, sugar, green onions, and garlic. Add chicken and toss to coat evenly. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably 12 hours.

      3 Fry Chicken:

        • Bring marinated chicken to room temperature.
        • Line a plate with paper towels. In a large heavy skillet, heat about 1 inch of oil over high heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to medium.
        • Using tongs or cooking chopsticks, carefully lower chicken pieces into the oil in batches (7 to 8 pieces per batch) to avoid overcrowding.
        • Fry until both sides are crispy and evenly golden brown, about 2½ to 3 minutes per side.
        • Remove chicken with a slotted spoon, drain excess oil on paper towels.

        4 Serve:

          • Remove any debris from the oil using a slotted spoon or wire mesh strainer.
          • Repeat frying process for remaining chicken.
          • Serve hot with freshly steamed short-grain rice, or cold as an appetizer or picnic food.


          • Mochiko Flour: Also known as sweet rice flour, it can be found in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets, look for brands like Koda Farms Blue Star Brand.
          • Variation: Add 1 teaspoon grated ginger to the marinade for added flavor.
          • Tip from Grandma: For entertaining, undercook the chicken and finish in a 375°F oven for 5 to 6 minutes to crisp up before serving.

          This Mochiko Fried Chicken recipe combines crispy texture with savory flavors, making it a versatile dish suitable for any meal or gathering.

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