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hawaiian garlic chicken

Hawaiian Fried Garlic Chicken

Crispy bites of fried chicken coated in a sweet and sticky Hawaiian Garlic Sauce! Serve with white rice or fried rice.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pounds/one kilo chicken breast or thigh, sliced into cubes

Sauce and Marinade

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil (I use canola)


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt



  • Add soy sauce and sugar to a saucepan, bring to a boil, lower heat just a bit and let gently boil for 2-3 minutes. It will thicken slightly. Add garlic and green onion, sesame oil, chili flakes, and pepper and boil for one more minute.
    Remove from the heat.
  • Place cubed chicken in a large bowl or container. Measure out 4 to 5 Tablespoons of the garlic sauce onto the chicken. Add 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and 1 Tablepoon vegetable oil. Mix to combine and coat the chicken. Cover and let the chicken marinate and tenderize for 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Dry Coat and Fry

  • Add flour, cornstach, and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine. Add in 3 Tablspoons of the garlic sauce to the dry mix and whisk to create small clumps.
    TIP: these clumps will crisp up when the chicken fries and make for the crunchiest bite.
  • Heat about 2 inches of oil in a wide frying pan or pot until shimmering.
  • Add a few marinated chicken cubes at a time to the dry mix and coat, pressing on the chicken to adhere the coating. Fry until golden and crispy. Transfer to a paper bag or paper towel to drain some of the oil.
    Repeat with all chicken pieces.


  • Before serving, heat garlic sauce.
    Add fried chicken and toss to coat. Alternatively you can serve the chicken in a big bowl with the garlic sauce on the side and spoon over as desired.
    Serve with white rice or fried rice.