Korean Fried Chicken

Crispy Korean Fried Chicken in a spicy, sweet glaze that is so crispy and sticky you’ll coat everything in this sauce from wings to baked chicken breasts and more!

Crispy Korean Fried Chicken in a spicy, sweet glaze that is so crispy and sticky you'll coat everything in this sauce from wings to baked chicken breasts and more!

Korean Fried Chicken is a deliciously crispy chicken with a super sticky and savory bite you’ll love. Plus it takes just 20 minutes to make it!

Korean Fried Chicken is a dish I first tried in New York about ten years ago. The spicy gojuchang red pepper paste immediately adds a ton of flavor that is balanced by the sweet and acidic notes of the brown sugar and rice wine vinegar.

It may sound like a lot of flavors going on, but honestly it is just a few ingredients and once you try this blend of flavors I guarantee you’ll be topping it on all the different cuts of chicken you can find!

The version I tried in New York was at Momofuku and it was based on a bibim sauce which is much more heavy on the soy garlic sauce than this recipe which is based on gojuchang.

You can also try a few different breading options. Serious eats uses baking powder to create a super crispy exterior (but requires a bit of drying time), I have a tempura batter I love (look to my Crispy Sesame Chicken for that breading) and there is of course the rice batter used in the Spicy Cashew Chicken.

Crispy, sticky, sweet, spicy Korean Fried Chicken in just 20 minutes!

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Korean Fried Chicken in just 20 minutes! Sticky, sweet, spicy and savory crispy chicken bites!

Tools used in the making of this Korean Fried Chicken:
Korean Gochujang: This is the primary flavor in Korean Fried Chicken, I wouldn’t swap it for any other ingredient. You can also find it in your local Asian grocery stores. There is a more Americanized brand as well from Annie Chun’s too if you can’t find the more authentic version.
Soy Sauce: Nothing much to say here except Kikkoman has the best flavor overall and I always recommend reduced sodium.
Rice Vinegar: Readily available in almost all grocers these days, this is a great vinegar to keep on hand. It does have a hint of sweetness to it, so don’t replace with any other vinegar except perhaps a red wine vinegar if you absolutely need to.

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Korean Fried Chicken

Crispy Korean Fried Chicken in a spicy, sweet glaze that is so crispy and sticky you'll coat everything in this sauce from wings to baked chicken breasts and more!
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Toss the chicken in the flour, then dredge into the egg and finally coat in the cornstarch.
  • In a large glass bowl add the gojuchang, vinegar, brown sugar and soy sauce and whisk until well combined.
  • Heat up a heavy bottomed pan with 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees.
  • Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  • Drain the fried chicken and add to the bowl with the sauce.
  • Toss to combine, garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 610mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Keyword: Korean Fried Chicken

 

Crispy Korean Fried Chicken in a spicy, sweet glaze that is so crispy and sticky you'll coat everything in this sauce from wings to baked chicken breasts and more!
Crispy Korean Fried Chicken in a spicy, sweet glaze that is so crispy and sticky you'll coat everything in this sauce from wings to baked chicken breasts and more!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. I would freeze a test batch before serving to a party if I were you. Or, prepare and freeze your sauce and then fry the chicken before serving.

  1. Made this recipe today, and it was fantastic. I didn’t tweak a thing and followed the recipe exactly as written. So flavorful!

  2. Hello, this recipe looks AMAZING im soooo excited to try it!! I have a quick question- do you think for the chicken it would be possible to do in the airfryer versus straight frying it on the stove?

    Thanks!!

  3. I normally don’t leave reviews but I feel this one deserved one. This was FANTASTIC! Hot as all heck but we loved it. The only thing I did different was cook it in the air fryer instead of oil. Will be making this again very soon! Thanks

  4. I have made this formula multiple times, with my sisters on facetime. It is a victor with everybody, and we make some incredible memories making it. Now and again we add some snappy pickled carrots to serve. Much obliged to you for the superb formula!

  5. Greetings from London. 🙂

    I’ve cooked this multiple times now for family and friends and it always goes down a storm so just wanted to say thanks.

    Cheers!

  6. I bought the Korean fried chicken mix at the Korean grocery.I saw Seonkyoung using it. The directions are in Korean. Can you give me the English directions? Thank you so much?

    1. Hi, 2 things happened when I made this first the sauce ended up looking black and secondly the chicken when. Fried went pure white bit crispy, Although still ate it as was amazing soo good, thank you for recipe.

  7. I am a huge fan of the hotter, the better! A girl I used to work with had a Korean mother who made me some kimchi that I requested so hot she sent word for me to come put my hands in the mix cause she wasn’t going to burn hers anymore. I would like to get a good kimchi recipe so I can make it and I’ll adjust the heat level to my extreme taste for hot and spicy.

  8. Sweet Mama take a bath. That is some top shelf chicken! So good. Followed the recipe exactly. Wouldn’t change a thing. Excellent, and have told everyone I know about it. Thanks!

  9. Wal-Mart only had Momofuku’s SSAM sauce (closest thing to Gochujang I could find) do you think it would be an alright substitute?

    1. I’ve never tried it so if you decide to give it a go, I’d love to know what you think. Thanks!

  10. Hi Sabrina,
    This recipe looks delicious, but I have never tried the paste you use. How spicy is it say on a scale from one to ten. ( I like mild spice, )
    Thanks, Nina

  11. Tweaked this a little due to what was available . I used Sriracha , red wine vinegar, grated ginger, grated garlic , brown sugar , soy sauce, and a splash of lemon juice and cooked the sauce a little but it tastes amazing thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. I made it once exactly as you say, and today I tried again changing all the coat for just cornstarch and double frying the chicken. The result was extra-crispy and delicious!

    Greetings from Spain!

    1. Oooh that sounds so delicious! I want to try that too! Thank you for the review and now I just want to eat Spanish food!

  13. I made this last night. It was so delicious – I made tons and it was all eaten. I used potato starch instead of cornstarch because I prefer the taste, otherwise I did exactly what you said. We had it with rice and green salad. Thanks Sabrina! From Pil in Tasmania.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and letting me know how much you enjoyed it, Pil! I appreciate the 5 star rating.

    1. I think they have a different consistency. The paste is thicker than the spice blend. I’m not sure it would work. If you decided to try, I’d love to know how it turns out. Thanks!

      1. Korean red pepper is just the ground up Korean pepper, the Gochujang has been fermented. different flavor all around.

  14. Was wondering what I could use blade of the gojuchng (?) pepper paste – I don’t have it on hand…? Thank you for any guidance! Beth

  15. Hi, regarding the sauce portion of the recipe, I added 1/3 cup of the pepper paste, and it’s really spicy and opaque, doesn’t look like your recipe one at all, am I doing it wrong?

    1. I’m not sure what it could be. Did you change any ingredients or amounts? If you’d like, you can email me at contact @ dinnerthendessert .com and we can try and troubleshoot to figure it out.

  16. Hi Sabrina. Curious what kind of oil you would recommend. I am so looking forward to making this! My teen loves to eat Panda’s orange chicken. Want him to take a break and try the korean way!

  17. The next time I do this, I am SO tagging you on the ‘gram. Thank you so much for sharing this. I made a couple of small edits: for the bird, I skipped the egg wash and dredged in a mix of half potato starch and half rice flour (I tried it with the egg and cornstarch the first time out and the texture was a little off but I see how it works for thigh or breast pieces rather than party wings). For the sauce I added sriracha, ginger paste, and chopped garlic. my husband went wild, my coworkers went wild and I am THRILLED to have another copycat dish in the bag!

  18. I am looking at the sauce portion of your recipe. The instructions list water as one of the 5 ingredients to be combined. But, the list of ingredients does not include any water. I could improvise, but would prefer to have the proper amount.

    How much water should be added when making the sauce? Thank you!

    1. Skip the water, I dropped it from the recipe after additional recipe testing and forgot to remove it from my directions. Sorry about that!