Kickin Chick’n Just Opened: Is It Already Kapolei’s Best Fried Chicken?
Kickin Chick’n Uses Fry Techniques Direct from Korea
Owners Jason and Yani Higuchi (who also own Kickin’ Kajun, and My Slime Playroom) travelled to Korea for cooking classes, and learned a special technique — double-frying.
“It’s much faster, it’s crispier, and it tastes better,” Jason told Pacific Business News.
After trying not just the Kickin Chik’n, but also the Kickin Corn Dog, I can confirm.
The batter is not only incredibly crispy, it’sthick. Look at this corn dog.
I mean, if you’re going to have fried food, have fried food.
Kickin Chick’n Wings
All those bubbles and divots on the fry are key when it comes to the chicken wings. The sauce sticks to the surfaces of all of them, so you get a generous serving of sauce in every bite.
Speaking of the sauce — it’s good. The spicy is legitimately spicy, which you can’t say about every fried chicken spot. It has a hint of Sichuan pepper, the tingly kind. I could still feel it on my lips for 10-15 minutes after eating.
And the wings are big — not the little skinny suckers you get at certain nationwide wings chains. I shared a half-order of 10 wings with my wife and that was plenty for two people as pupus.
Eating at Kickin Chick’n
The Kickin Chick’n menu is displayed on a screen above the counter. It’s divided into two sections. There’s a fried chicken section, and a Korean street food section.
You order at the counter — everything is made to order rather than scooped out of a tray (like at other certain fried chicken places), so it does take a few minutes. If you want to cut down on your wait time, you can order ahead by phone at (808) 628-4518.
You’ll probably want a drink if you’re ordering the spicy chicken. They have fountain sodas, and a small selection of other drinks like seltzer.
As for seating — there are few small tables inside. If those are full, or you just don’t want to sit there, your best bet is to grab a table outside in the food court.
Kickin Chick’n is at Ka Makana Aliʻi, on the end of the food court that’s closest to the parking lot, between Okome Bento & Sushi and Yummy Korean BBQ. Hours are 10:30am – 9pm every day.