Hawaiian Fried Chicken

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This isn’t your Grandma’s fried chicken. It’s crunchy and chock full of Hawaiian-style umami! Serve with a Sriracha Aioli to make sure you are getting the complete experience. This Furikake Fried Chicken is a comfort food from my Hawaiian roots.

This Hawaiian Fried Chicken will tantalize your tastebuds and you’ll want to make it again and again!!

Hawaiian Style Fried Chicken
Hawaiian Style Plate Lunch with Furikake Fried Chicken and Legit Mac Salad

Furikake!?!? Say What?

Reading this post, your first question might be, what is furikake?

Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made of dried seaweed, sesame seeds, and sometimes bonito flakes. There are many different varieties.

The variety used in this recipe is Nori Furikake. You can usually find it at any well-stocked Asian grocery store. If you can’t find this fantastic rice seasoning mix near you-you can order it HERE (affiliate link).

Furikake Fried Chicken

Hawaii’s answer to fried chicken

The places I’ve lived and the people I’ve met along the way have given me a rich fabric that inspires my cooking.

This Hawaiian chicken recipe is no exception.

Growing up in a military family, I’ve never had just one place I could call home.

I can tell you where I was born and lived, but where I’m from is much more complicated.

I know it’s weird that I’m a white girl living in California that cooks so much Asian and Polynesian food.

I feel like you learn to love the food you grew up with, and these flavors are the foods that I cut my teeth on. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the experiences and flavors that make up my childhood.

Knowing how to make Legit Hawaiian Mac Salad is one of the things I am most proud of. It’s a humble thing, but not everyone can do it.

Furikake Fried Chicken with rice and mac salad overhead (1 of 1)

Crunchy and salty furikake fried chicken is perfect with rice and Mac Salad!

A few flavors are so distinctly Hawaiian – furikake is one of those flavors.

If you haven’t tried Furikake, you are seriously missing out on a magical thing. Furikake is a rice seasoning mix that has nori seaweed and sesame seeds. You can shake furikake on rice or eggs or sprinkle it onto a bowl of ramen. It’s fantastic!

Or, you can use it to make some ridiculous Hawaiian fried chicken. The flavor combination is something to behold. It’s crispy…and salty…and sesame-seedy. Then – when topped with a spicy sriracha aioli – you have something beautiful. It’s tasty Hawaiian Style at its best.

My first experience with Furikake was in middle school.

I lived in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. My best friend at the time, Rachel, lived next door. She was half Japanese and half Irish. Her dad was in the same mobile unit as my dad. We often hung out after school.

At her house, she often made us an after-school snack. One of the snacks I remember most was onigiri with furikake. I was so taken in by the flavors I hadn’t experienced before. The sticky rice was formed into these triangularly shaped rice balls and then sprinkled with the furikake seasoning. 

The other thing we sometimes had after school was graham crackers smeared with chocolate frosting. You probably guessed that I grew up in an era where Twinkies and Ding-Dongs were in every lunch box at school.

One of my superpowers is being able to reverse engineer a recipe.

Even as a little girl, I can remember being at a restaurant and my mom saying, “Wow, this is an amazing sauce; I wonder what’s in it?” and I would chime in with, “Oh, that’s tarragon.” My mom would look at me quizzically like, “How do you even know that?” She still thinks I’m a little different. I’ll take it. In my mind, it is a pretty awesome superpower to have!

After all the fantastic local food we had on our recent vacation to Hawaii, I was ready to come home and start experimenting – to bring back those flavors of my youth. Know that Furikake Fried Chicken is only the first in a line up of Hawaiian recipes that will be coming to the blog shortly. 

Furikake Fried Chicken with rice and mac salad (1 of 1)-2

Crunchy Furikake Fried Chicken – You don’t want to miss out on experiencing this fantastic chicken.

I hope you enjoy this delicious Hawaiian Fried Chicken. Don’t miss the Hawaiian Mac Salad recipe. It’s legit!

Hawaiian Style Fried Chicken

All Of My Authentic Hawaiian Recipes Are Right HERE

hawaiian furikake fried chicken and mac salad

Furikake Fried Chicken

This Hawaiian style fried chicken is impressively umami-filled. Top it with spicy sriracha aioli. Are your taste buds ready? 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 8
Calories 203 kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken, boneless breasts or thighs


Furikake Crunch

Oil For Frying

Sriracha Aioli


Marinate the Chicken

  • Combine milk, vinegar, and sriracha in a glass or plastic bowl. 
  • Cut chicken into chicken strip or nugget-sized pieces and place it into the marinade. 
  • Marinate for a few hours. (Up to overnight)

Bread the Chicken

  • Combine flour, panko, and furikake in a shallow bowl. 
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place into flour mixture one piece at a time. 
  • Coat well. Set aside to rest. 

Fry the Chicken

  • Place coconut oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet.
  • Heat over medium-high heat. Oil should be about 360℉. 
  • Place chicken in hot oil. Don’t over-crowd the chicken in the oil.
  • During cooking, try to keep oil temperature between 350-375℉. It will fluctuate as you add chicken. 
  • Fry until golden brown. Flip over several times during cooking. 
  • A safe internal temperature of the chicken should be 165℉.

Sriracha Aioli

  • Combine mayo and sriracha to taste. 
  • You can thin with a small amount of water if needed. 


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Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 93mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword chicken, Comfort Food, hawaiian
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    1. Hi there Kim, sorry for the late reply. I’ve been on vacation this past week. I use Furikake on the sticky rice. I assume you mean in the photos. It’s the same seasoning that goes into the chicken breading.

  1. 5 stars
    So good! Made this tonight and it truly brought me back to Hawaii. I have a habit of making changes to every recipe I make, but I followed yours completley (with the exception of using non-dairy milk to make it dairyfree). Thank you- so delicious!

    1. Mindy, thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy that you loved the recipe and that using non-dairy milk had great results too! I love making a meal that brings back happy memories.

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