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Hawaiian Fried Chicken & Japanese Whiskey

I didn’t think fried chicken could get any better until I was introduced to this recipe. You can’t really go too wrong dunking battered chicken in any dip before frying it & then dipping it again after….?My girlfriend, Jesse, first made this recipe for me after she returned from a trip to Hawaii.

I am a whiskey fan so I thought that having a glass of Nikka Whiskey would be a great compliment to this meal. It has a nice smoky/peaty flavor to compliment the chicken and soy sauce flavors.

Thanks to Jesse Sage for being my hand model & to Daniel Schulman for editing the video.


Garlic Sauce

  • 1 Cup of Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Green Onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or sriracha

Chicken and Coating

  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken thighs, cut into pieces. or chicken breast.


  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In a medium pot, combine sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside. Taste garlic sauce and adjust ingredients to you liking
  2. Mix together flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper.
  3. Marinade a little garlic sauce with chicken. Then coat in flour mixture.
  4. Deep fry chicken until cooked through
  5. Shake off excess oil and immediately dip chicken in sauce and place on serving platter.