This is what happens when you use Ko Hana Rum to make Karaage Chicken & Waffles.

Posted on October 04, 2018 by admin

Kohana Rum, Chicken Karaage & Waffles…Oh My! It was time for another visit to the Sunrise Hawaii News Now set.  

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 With Ko Hana Rum, they provided an enjoyable ingredient to integrate into a classic dish.  Chicken & Waffles…or as we enhanced it a bit, Chicken Karaage & Waffles with a Kohana Rum Butter Syrup.  (Mouthful, I know…but trust me, it’s simply delicious!)


Picture of Kō Hana Rum KOHO
Image by Kō Hana Rum

A little talk story about Kohana Rum.    

Manulele Distillers-home of Kō Hana Agricole Rum.  Wait, what’s Agricole Rum? is the French term for cane juice rum, a style of rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses.

Picture of Sugar Cane bundled up and harvested.
Image by Kō Hana Rum

Cherishing sugarcane akin to a winery loving the grape, our Agricole style celebrates the juice.”

-Kohana Rum

According to their site, Kō Hana embraces the natural earthiness and sweetness of the Kō. In stark contrast, the vast majority of the rum in the world is made from molasses — the industrial byproduct of processed sugar manufacturing.

Picture of Kō Hana Rum made by Manahele Distrillery
Image by Kō Hana Rum

So now onto the recipe, so you can all make this at home!  

Karaage Chicken & Waffles with Kohana Rum Syrup
A delicious Hawaii-Local inspired spin on a Classic. Karaage Chicken & Waffles served with a delectable Kohana Rum Syrup.
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For the chicken
  1. Chicken thighs, trimmed of fat & cut into strips 1 lb.
  2. Buttermilk 1 cup
  3. A&P flour 2 cups
  4. Baking powder 1 tbsp.
  5. Salt 1 ½ tsp.
  6. Garlic powder 1 ½ tsp.
  7. Black pepper 1 tsp.
For the waffles
  1. A&P flour 2 cups
  2. Baking powder 4 tsp.
  3. salt ½ tsp.
  4. Sugar ¼ cup
  5. Eggs 2
  6. Vegetable oil ½ cup
  7. Milk 2 cups
  8. Vanilla 1 tsp.
For the Kohana Rum Syrup
  1. Whole butter ¼ pound
  2. Coco Lopez 1 can
  3. Kohana Rum ¼ cup
  4. Maple Syrup 2 cups
  5. Vanilla Extract ½ tsp.
For the chicken
  1. • Marinate chicken in the buttermilk for a minimum of 2 hours.
  2. • Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. • Drain and coat chicken in the seasoned flour.
  4. • Fry until crispy & golden.
For the waffles
  1. • Sift dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. • In a separate bowl separate egg whites and whip until stiff peaks form.
  3. • In another bowl mix wet ingredients and stir.
  4. • Add dry to wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. • Fold in egg whites.
  6. • Cook in your waffle iron.
For the Kohana Rum Syrup
  1. • Brown the butter until it has nutty aroma but be careful not to burn it.
  2. • Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil and turn it off.
  3. • Reserve at room temperature.
  4. • Refrigerate extra and microwave to reheat and liquefy the butter.
Tree House Chef


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