Hawaii Mom Blog: Soul Chicken




August 19, 2021

Soul Chicken

Our fried-chicken-loving family checked out Soul Chicken, one of three new KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) restaurants to join Oahu's dining scene recently.

Soul Chicken is located right on Dillingham Blvd., in the same parking lot as Monarch Lounge (which houses another fried chicken business), Hana Tea, and Yohei Sushi. The  menu consists primarily of crispy fried chicken sold as chicken wings or boneless chicken, flavored or plain fried. There are five different flavors to choose from - shoyu, honey, wasabi mayo, yang nyeom (sweet & spicy), and Hell's Gate (SPICY).  They also offer a crispy chicken sandwich (regular or spicy), and a host of sides including corn & mac salad, french fries, mandoo, and gimmari (deep fried glass noodles in seaweed).

Since everything is made to order, I checked the menu on Yelp ahead of time and called in our order on the way to Kalihi, so that we wouldn't have to wait for our order in the hot sun. When we arrived fifteen minutes later, our order was waiting for us.

We tried the gimmari, honey chicken wings, sweet & spicy chicken wings (mild), and the plain fried boneless chicken (for the kids).   The boneless chicken reminded me a lot of Raising Canes chicken strips - it was very moist and not too heavy on the batter.  The chicken wings were amazing! I loved the thickness of the batter and the taste of the sauces.  The chicken was very moist and very plump. The honey was my favorite of the two sauces - as it was a bit lighter than the sweet & spicy, and I have a preference for lighter sauces.  The hubby liked the sweet & spicy more than the honey.  The Gimmari was okay, but it didn't stand out, and I would not order it again. Maybe I will try the french fries next time, or I may just skip the sides altogether and order just the wings!

A word on the "Hell's Gate" flavor - on the menu it says "No Refunds, No Law Sue", which suggests that this flavor is a 10+ on the spiciness scale.  If you try it, let us know how spicy it is!


7 piece boneless


Yang Nyeon (sweet & spicy - mild)


1095 Dillingham Blvd
(808) 800-6599

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