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Jul 4, 2018

Korean-Style Fried Chicken Wings

These Korean Fried Chicken Wings are double fried and then tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. They are exceptionally crispy and jump-up-and-down delicious.

Korean-Style Fried Chicken Wings

Korean Fried Chicken (or KFC) is hugely popular here where I live. It's a chicken that is double fried to ensure that it's totally crispy, and then tossed in a sauce of ketchup, brown rice syrup, gochujang, and vinegar.

This chicken pretty much blew my mind at first bite.

Korean-Style Fried Chicken Wings with sesame seeds

These chicken wings were a bit of work, but they were so incredible. I don't do a lot of deep frying, let alone double frying, because I hate tossing out the frying oil, but this dish was totally worth it. Seriously.

I can't believe I actually made these wings! When I took my first bite, I couldn't stop saying "OMG!"

Korean fried chicken, or yangnyeom-tongdak, is crispy, crunchy, spicy, and sweet and sour. It's soooo delicious. While I used chicken wings, you can also adapt this recipe to chicken parts or chicken tenders. Just adjust the timing for cooking.

Korean-Style Fried Chicken Wings with gochujang sauce

I pretty much felt like hoarding these wings and not sharing them. They were that good.

This recipe will make you feel like you are not really doing it right while you are making it. You'll think that the chicken is not coated evenly with the batter, and that there is not enough sauce to coat the wings. Don't worry. It will all work out. Trust me. Mind blown.

This recipe has been adapted from the book, Maanghci's Real Korean Cooking. I'm a total fan. Get the book. You can also find a version of the recipe on Maangchi's website.

Korean-Style Fried Chicken Wings with gochujang sauce and brown rice syrup

Another Fried Chicken Recipe using Gochujang:

Dirty Fried Chicken

More Chicken Wing Recipes on Karen's Kitchen Stories:

Air Fryer Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings

Chipotle-Lime Chicken Wings

One Pot Sticky Chicken Wings

Slow Cooker Asian Glazed Wings

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Yield: 4 servings as a main course

Korean Fried Chicken Wings


For the Chicken
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, and cut into drumettes
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 gallon corn oil for frying
For the Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup gochujang
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


For the wings:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the wings, cornstarch, flour, salt, pepper, baking soda, and the egg. Mix with your hands until the chicken is coated. 
  2. In a large pot, heat 4 inches of oil until it reaches 350 degrees F. Add the chicken (in batches if necessary) and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate. 
  3. Once you have made the sauce (see below) fry the wings again, for 10 to 12 minutes, until very brown and crunchy. Drain and add them to the the pan with the sauce. Stir to coat the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 
To make the sauce:
  1. In a large heavy frying pan or saucier, heat the oil and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the ketchup, brown rice syrup, gochujang, and the vinegar. Cook over low heat, stirring, for about 7 minutes. 

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Korean-Style Fried Chicken Wings with gochujang sauce and sesame seeds

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  1. I am drooling. Literally - these look SOOOOOOO good!

    now I wonder if we could make it in the air fryer????

    I really hate dealing with all the oil, but the way you are describing this delicacy, I might just have to open an exception..

    1. I normally hate dealing with all of that oil too, but I had to try the authentic version. I bet it could totally be adapted to the air fryer. These were a lot of work, but... believe me, my first bite into these wings was totally worth it. I was literally jumping up and down!


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