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Hawaiian Garlic Chicken – Best Crispy Fried

Hawaiian garlic chicken – This easy crispy Hawaiian garlic chicken
is a little spicy and sweet made with tender chicken pieces tossed in garlic sauce and Fried Jalapeño better than takeout.

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Hawaiian Garlic Chicken Recipe Variations

Spice it Up – Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or sriracha to the marinade for a kick.
Tropical Twist – Throw in some chopped pineapple or mango.
Veggie Power – Add bell peppers, broccoli, or even shredded carrots for a healthy and colorful meal
Go Gluten-Free – Use cornstarch or almond flour instead of wheat flour for the dredging.

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Tips and Tricks for Crispy Perfection

Double Dredge – Coat the chicken in cornstarch, then dip it in egg wash and dredge again in cornstarch for extra crispy goodness.
Oil Temperature Matters – Use a thermometer to ensure your oil is hot enough (around 350°F) for even frying and a golden crust.
Don’t Crowd the Pan – Fry the chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding and lower the oil temperature.

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Variations to tantalize your taste buds

Honey Garlic Chicken – Swap brown sugar for honey for a deeper, richer sweetness.
Spicy Garlic Chicken – Add a dollop of sriracha or sambal oelek to the marinade for a fiery kick.
Teriyaki Chicken – Replace the soy sauce in the marinade with teriyaki sauce for a familiar twist.

Hawaiian Garlic Chicken – FAQs

What kind of chicken should I use?

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are the go-to for their juicy texture and rich flavor. However, chicken breasts or tenders work too!

Can I marinate the chicken overnight?

Absolutely! The longer the marinade, the deeper the flavor.

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How to serve this crispy Hawaiian garlic chicken?

Hawaiian garlic chicken is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a casual weeknight meal, a potluck star, or even a fancy finger food. Serve it on a bed of rice, in lettuce wraps, or skewered with pineapple chunks for a tropical treat. Don’t forget to garnish with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for an extra burst of flavor.

Yield: 8

Hawaiian Garlic Chicken

hawaiian garlic chicken

This easy crispy Hawaiian garlic chicken
is a little spicy and sweet made with tender chicken pieces tossed in garlic sauce and Fried Jalapeño better than takeout.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pound chicken thighs, boneless skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (¼ thick)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • oil for frying


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a saucepan over high heat, Add the oil.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, and cornstarch. Mix well and coat with the chicken.
  4. Add chicken to the hot oil, 4-5 pieces at a time, repeat and fry in batches.
  5. Add the jalapeños and fry for 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, mix well.
  6. When the mixture starts boiling, turn off the heat. Add the fried chicken and toss well with the sauce mixture.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 231Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 104mgSodium 722mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 22g

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