Mochiko Chicken & Black Sesame Mochi Waffles

Aloha all! We are happy to announce our first savory recipe! Back home in Hawaii we have 3 main fried meat dishes when ordering plate lunch; Meat Jun, Chicken Katsu, and Mochiko Chicken. Everyone has their favorite spot for these dishes and a debate on the topic could lead to a rubber slipper (sandal) across the head if you aren’t careful. 

Living on the mainland, without ready access to these dishes we decided to see if we could replicate one of the three, and decided on trying mochiko chicken. Now, good mochiko chicken in my humble opinion has three aspects that need to be accomplished. They need to be slightly sweet, crunchy, and have a slight stick to your teeth texture. We ended up using a family recipe and substituted the mochiko 1:1 with the mochi baking mix. The final product ended up on our dinner table (and bento boxes) for about a week straight. 

Along with the mochiko chicken, we also decided to pair it with a toasty-nutty black sesame waffle so you could make a complete meal using a single bag of mochi baking mix. 

Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Black Sesame Waffles


We are truly excited for you guys to try the recipe and to hear your feedback on the results!

Equipment Required


    The Recipe

    Mochiko Chicken

    Chicken Thighs 800g
    2 thighs cut into cubes
    Knorr Chick Bouillon Powder 25g 1tsp
    Aloha Shoyu 35g 2 tbsp
    Kikkoman Cooking Sake 15g 1 tbsp
    Kadoya Sesame Oil 12g 1tsp
    Garlic 5g 1 clove
    Ginger 5g 1tbsp


    • Start by cutting chicken into 2 inch cubes and setting aside in a bowl or plastic bag.
    • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add the marinade to the chicken.
    • Marinade chicken for at least 30 minutes.

    Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Black Sesame Waffles

    • Mix in 200g or about 1/2 a bag of Manoa Baking mix to the marinade and chicken
    • Mix all ingredients together and let rest until ready to fry.

    Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Black Sesame Waffles

    • Set pan with fry oil to medium-high heat, or about 350F or 176C
    • Fry until fully cooked and golden brown.

    Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Black Sesame Waffles


    Black Sesame Mochi Waffles

    Manoa Mochi Baking Mix 200g 1/2 Bag
    Black Sesame Paste 75g 1/8 Cup
    Water 175g 1/4 Cup


    • Preheat waffle iron to medium-high heat.
    • Mix all ingredients together with a whisk.

    Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Black Sesame Waffles

    • Pour batter into waffle iron.

    Manoa Bake Co. mochiko chicken and black sesame waffles

    • Cook waffles until fully cooked, waffles will turn slightly gloden when done.

    Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Waffles


     Pro tips...

    • If you want a flavor that will be truer to the dish from back home. Add furikake and green onions to the mochiko chicken batter.
    • While you are at it, sprinkle furikake onto the waffle iron when making the waffles for more depth.
    • If you want the chicken to be a little sweeter, add some sugar or mirin into the marinade.
    • Top with maple syrup, or try cooking the maple syrup on the stove with a little bit of shoyu for a salty-sweet alternative.

    Manoa Bake Co. Mochiko Chicken and Black Sesame Mochi Waffles 

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