72.1 F
Amy Fujimoto | AlohaWithLove.comhttps://alohawithlove.com
I grew up in Hawaii and when I'm not traveling the islands, I write down my Mom's recipes, hike with Daisy the waddling rescue, work on my 200+ gallon aquaponics system, and dream about my future van conversion so I can do some more traveling.

Comment below so we can discuss!

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click these links to buy something I may earn a commission with no additional cost to you. This helps keep Aloha With Love running, thank you! Learn More.

COVID-19 has made meat prices go up so Mom has kept an eye out for good deals on meat. She found some local chicken from 50th State Poultry, Inc for $5 from our local supermarket and shared her fried chicken recipe with me. This chicken is noticeably smaller than mainland chicken, but it really doesn’t matter since you can’t beat the price. It’s also less fatty, so Mom recommends leaving the skin on.

Mom’s fried chicken recipe is fast. Unlike other fried chicken recipes that require certain spices and special rubs, Mom wants to make dinner quickly without making too much of a mess. Since there is very little seasoning in the batter, I like to dip the fried chicken in some rosemary salt for added flavor, while Dad and Michael like ketchup or barbecue sauce.

Since these chickens are on the smaller side, Mom used 2 whole chickens, which was enough to fill us up. Not bad for just $5 a chicken! Has anyone else tried out 50th State Poultry chicken? Let Mom and I know how it goes!

Aloha with love,

Fried Chicken With Local $5 Whole Chicken

Simple fried chicken recipe with a smaller and leaner local chicken.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 Whole chicken 50th State Poultry, Inc.
  • 4 Egg yolk
  • tsp salt
  • 1 c cornstarch


  • Give the chicken a quick rinse, and cut the chicken into smaller sections (wings, breasts, thighs, drumsticks). Soak in a bowl for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a colander and let it drain for 30 minutes.
  • Add egg yolks, salt, and cornstarch. Mix with gloves to avoid batter sticking to your hand.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The batter will solidify as it cools down and will stick to the chicken when you deep fry it.
  • In a large pan, add cooking oil until it is 1 inch in height. Adjust the stove to high heat. Add the chicken and cook about 15 minutes.
    Note: Wings and smaller pieces will cook faster. Drumsticks and thighs will take longer so cook these first.
  • During the first 15 minutes, you'll notice a few pieces will start to "bleed" from the top, uncooked side. When the blood flow begins to slow down is a good time to flip it. Cook for an additional 7 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
    Remove from pan and lay chicken on newspaper and paper towel. Continue to cook the rest of the chicken.
  • Optional: Once all of the chicken has been deep-fried, set the stove to high heat and cook each piece a second time for 2 minutes. This will make the batter extra crispy.


  • I like to eat Mom’s fried chicken by dipping it into a small side dish of sea salt. I’m currently working on a bottle of rosemary salt that is super fragrant and really brings out the chicken’s juiciness with each bite.
  • Add any other spices you’d like to this basic recipe. This is just a starting template for you to refer to so you get a nice thick batter around the chicken. But this plain and simple recipe still rocks!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Papakolea Is One Of Four Green Sand Beaches In The World

I think it's really cool that one of the four green sand beaches in the world is right here on the Big Island! The chances of this happening give you a really neat outlook on geology and makes you...

Stop At Mahaiula Beach After You Arrive In Kona

Drive north from Kona International airport (KOA) for 20 minutes and you'll reach the first beautiful white sand beach in North Kona. Mahaiula Beach is one of three white sand beaches in Kekaha Kai State Park and it's a...

Hike To Makalawena Beach In Puu Alii Bay

Makalawena Beach is the least visited beach of the three white sand beaches in Kekaha Kai State Park. While it may require a little extra effort to reach, it's not without charm or beauty. If you want to add...

Kua Bay Is The Gorgeous Beach That Has Everything

If you're looking for azure waters and velvety-soft white sand, look no further. Kua Bay is a spectacular sight and as perfect as a postcard. For those arriving into Kona International Airport (KOA) and looking to hop right into...

Kekaha Kai State Park’s 3 Magnificent White Sand Beaches

Kekaha Kai State Park is so much more than just 3 white sandy beaches - although that's already setting the bar up pretty high! You've got a couple of options when you visit Kekaha Kai State Park. If you...

Walk The Kukio Beach Path For Coastal Views

Kukio Beach is a fun beach that has a little bit of everything. There are turtles to see, a long paved path along the coastline, free parking, a small beach safe for children, and even some snorkeling opportunities. Not many...

Real. Local. Non-touristy.

My emails will make you smile!

I'm all about living life in Hawaii with passion, honesty, and respect. So if you like legal hikes, authentic experiences, and a kind and humble personality, I'm your local girl!

You'll love reading my fun and down-to-earth emails from a local perspective. I'll send you my personal tips, travel suggestions, and DIY project ideas that are perfect for Hawaii living.

Sign up below and you'll be added to my email list!

Aloha with love, Amy

Fried Chicken With Local $5 Whole Chicken