Mafa Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce

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This Mafa Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce is crispy fried chicken perfection. The strong marinade the chicken soaks in gives it the most amazing flavor.

Mafa Chicken with Honey Mustard Dip on the side.

Mafa Chicken

I actually got this recipe from my husband’s Mom. It has been a secret family recipe of theirs for years and years. However, they finally allowed us to post it on Favorite Family Recipes! Every Christmas Eve we make an entire Chinese dinner, and Mafa is a staple!  My husband especially loves this the next day cold (if he is lucky enough to get leftovers!). This is truly a favorite family recipe! Thank you Walker family for sharing!!!

What is Mafa Chicken?

Mafa Chicken is a Chinese recipe. It is chicken breast dipped in a batter and then deep fried. It will surprise you to learn that the batter includes tofu! The tofu gives the batter a really great texture, so don’t be spooked! When the chicken is done, it slightly resemble the nuggets at Chick-fil-A. However, this recipe is SO much better. We love to serve it with our honey mustard dipping sauce. The flavors compliment each other perfectly!

What is Wondra Flour?

Another ingredient on the list that you might not be familiar with is Wondra Flour. Wondra Flour is a brand of instant flour that became the household name for this type of flour (kind of like Kleenex and Xerox). Instant flour is a finely-ground wheat flour. It is pre-cooked and dried. It is perfect for making batter to fry.

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Mafa Chicken with Honey Mustard Dip on the side.

Mafa Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce

5 from 5 votes
This Mafa Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce is crispy fried chicken perfection. The strong marinade the chicken soaks in gives it the most amazing flavor.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Marinating 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6



Dipping Sauce:


  • Blend batter ingredients thoroughly in blender til you have a smooth mixture. Cut up chicken breasts into chicken nugget size pieces and marinate in the above mixture in the fridge overnight.
  • If it is cold enough, we keep the chicken in the garage. If you keep it in the fridge put a good seal over the chicken and sauce because this stuff has a strong smell!!
  • Before cooking stir 2 eggs into the mixture and thoroughly coat each piece of chicken in “Wondra” flour. Deep fry at about 350 degrees until pieces are brown and completely cooked.

For the dipping sauce:

  • Mix mayonnaise, honey and mustard. Chill and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 608kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 66gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 232mgSodium: 1246mgPotassium: 1042mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 170IUVitamin C: 4.1mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 2.5mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, I will be using this recipe more often. Crispy, breaded chicken is a favorite. You can’t tell there’s tofu, which my kids will never know!

  2. Are you from treasure valley? Or family from treasure valley? Just wondering because I thought this recipe came from the treasure valley my dad has been making it for years let me know 🙂

    1. Yes! Emily and Erica live in Treasure Valley, and our parents live there as well. It’s a beautiful place!

    2. My family used to own the East Side Cafe in the late eighties/early nineties. We still serve Mafa Chicken in our restaurant today – Far East Restaurant in Ontario, just blocks from the old East Side location. My mother learned the original recipe from the founders of the East Side.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m confused about the 2 eggs. Do they go into the marinade before the chicken is refrigerated, or right before it’s breaded?

    1. You stir the eggs in right before you bread them. It’s better to let it marinade without the eggs.

  4. I have to know where your husband is from cause there is only one place I know that make mafa! Your recipe is slightly different than what I do but similar!

      1. LOL I lived in Payette and Fruitland area in the 80’s and 90’s. We used to get Mafa Chicken at the Eastside Café in Ontario. Never found it since. This recipe is amazing. My family loves it.

        1. That is crazy you have heard of Mafa! That is probably where the Original idea came from lol small world!

        2. Idaho Native – I would get mine from Orphan Annie’s in Caldwell – sadly they closed and I am looking for a replacement. There is a restaurant in Mt. Home that does Mafa Shrimp, when I asked if they could do chicken they said no. So it must be premade or frozen. Sad. I will be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

      2. I’m from Weiser! My mom used to make the best Mafa Chicken when I was young. I recently got her recipe box from my dad….but sadly no mafa chicken recipe. I searched the web and cracked up when I saw your recipe… was humorous because I follow your site and have made many of your recipes. I lived in Maui and love love love your Hawaiian recipes. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. My son and I love cooking together on these cold rainy Pacific Northwest nights. Go Wolverines!!!!

  5. This sounds great! Do you use the silken tofu that’s on the regular shelf, not refrigerated? Or is it the refrigerated stuff in water? I think the texture could be way wrong if you don’t use the right kind of tofu. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for this nice comment! That is totally our goal. We want to make delicious recipes that remind you of home. 🙂

        1. We love Weiser! Emily’s husband Beau is from Weiser. This recipe came from his family.

    1. Wondra flour is what makes it so light and crispy and good! You can use all-purpose but it won’t be as tasty!

  6. A family secret recipe and it tastes better than Chick-fil-A?! I absolutely will be trying this out this weekend. So glad they let you share!