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How To Make Korean Fried Chicken

How To Make Korean Fried Chicken

If you’re a fan of crispy, crunchy fried chicken with a spicy kick, then Korean fried chicken is the perfect dish for you to try. This delicious dish has become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason – it’s absolutely delicious! The secret to making the perfect Korean fried chicken lies in its double-fried technique which results in an incredibly crispy exterior while maintaining juicy and tender meat inside.

To make your own Korean fried chicken at home, you’ll need a few simple ingredients like chicken wings or drumettes, flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic powder, vegetable oil, and of course the signature sweet and spicy sauce. With these ingredients on hand and some basic kitchen equipment like a deep-fryer or heavy-duty pot and tongs for handling hot food safely, you’re ready to get started on this mouth-watering culinary adventure. So let’s dive into the steps needed to create your very own Korean fried chicken!

Gather Your Ingredients

You’ll need to gather all your ingredients before you can start making delicious Korean fried chicken! The key ingredients for this dish are chicken, potato starch, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and gochujang. If you’re unable to find these ingredients at your local grocery store, try looking at an Asian market or ordering them online.

If you’re unable to find some of the ingredients or want to make substitutions due to dietary restrictions or personal preferences, there are a few options available. For example, if you don’t have gochujang (a spicy Korean chili paste), you can substitute it with another type of hot sauce such as sriracha or red pepper flakes. Similarly, if you’re unable to find potato starch (which creates the crispy texture on the chicken), cornstarch can be used instead.

When buying your chicken for this recipe, it’s important to choose boneless and skinless pieces so that they cook evenly and quickly in the fryer. You can either buy pre-cut chicken pieces or cut them yourself into bite-sized chunks. Additionally, when purchasing other ingredients such as garlic and ginger, try to get fresh ones rather than pre-packaged for optimal taste.

Now that you’ve gathered all your necessary ingredients for Korean fried chicken, it’s time to move onto preparing the next step: getting your chicken ready for frying!

Prep Your Chicken

Before you can start frying your chicken, it’s essential to prep it properly. This involves a few key steps: brining, coating, and using the double-frying technique. Brining will infuse your chicken with flavor and keep it moist during the cooking process, while coating it in cornstarch will help achieve that crispy exterior. Finally, the double-frying technique creates an extra crunchy texture by frying the chicken twice at different temperatures.


First, make sure you have a large container to brine your chicken in. Brining is an important step in preparing Korean fried chicken because it enhances the flavor and texture of the meat. The benefits of brining include better moisture retention, improved tenderness, and increased flavor absorption. It also helps to prevent the chicken from drying out during cooking.

There are different types of brine solutions that you can use for your Korean fried chicken. A basic brine consists of salt, sugar, water, and spices like garlic or ginger. You can also experiment with adding soy sauce or rice wine vinegar for a more authentic Korean flavor. Once your chicken is fully submerged in the brine solution, let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours but no more than 24 hours before moving on to the next step: coating it in flour and cornstarch mixture.


To ensure a crispy coating on your chicken, it’s crucial to mix flour and cornstarch together before dredging the pieces in the mixture. This creates a light yet sturdy coating that will hold up during frying. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, there are different coatings you can use such as rice flour or potato starch which provide a unique texture and flavor.

Here are some tips for achieving a crispy coating:

  • Make sure your chicken is dry before dipping it into the coating mixture.
  • Use a deep fryer or pot with enough oil to fully submerge the chicken pieces.
  • If using a pot, make sure to clip a thermometer onto the side so you can monitor the temperature of the oil (around 350°F/175°C).
  • Don’t overcrowd the fryer/pot or else the temperature will drop and result in soggy chicken.
  • After removing from the fryer/pot, let excess oil drip off by placing on a wire rack instead of paper towels which can cause steam buildup and lead to sogginess.

Now that you have achieved an amazing crispy coating on your Korean fried chicken, it’s time for the next step: double-frying technique. By frying twice at different temperatures, this technique ensures maximum crispiness without sacrificing juiciness within each piece of chicken.

Double-Frying Technique

For the ultimate crispy and juicy chicken experience, you gotta try double-frying – it’s a game-changer! The double-frying technique involves frying the chicken twice – once at a lower temperature to cook the meat through, and again at a higher temperature to crisp up the coating. It may seem like an extra step, but trust us, it’s worth it. Here’s how to do it:

First, heat your oil in a deep pot or fryer to 325°F for the first fry. Use a thermometer to ensure that the oil stays at this temperature throughout the frying process. Cook your chicken pieces in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Once they’re cooked through (about 8-10 minutes for bone-in pieces and 5-7 minutes for boneless), use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and let them drain on paper towels. Let them rest for about 10 minutes before proceeding with the second fry.

Oil Temperature Seasoning Options
325°F for first fry Salt and Pepper
375°F for second fry Garlic Powder

For the second fry, increase your oil temperature to 375°F. Again, cook your chicken in batches until they are golden brown and crispy (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from oil and let drain on paper towels before serving immediately while still hot.

Now that you’ve got perfectly cooked Korean fried chicken thanks to double-frying technique, it’s time to make your sauce!

Make Your Sauce

Now it’s time to make your sauce! You have three delicious options to choose from: Classic Soy Garlic Sauce, Spicy Gochujang Sauce, and Honey Butter Sauce. Each sauce has its own unique flavor profile that will complement your crispy Korean fried chicken perfectly. Don’t worry, making the sauces is easy and won’t take long at all. Let’s get started!

Classic Soy Garlic Sauce

First, you’ll want to mix together minced garlic, soy sauce, honey, and rice vinegar for a tangy and savory Classic Soy Garlic Sauce to coat your crispy fried chicken. This classic sauce is just one of many variations that you can try out to add variety to your fried chicken.

To make the perfect Classic Soy Garlic Sauce, start by mixing 4 cloves of minced garlic with 1/2 cup of soy sauce in a bowl. Then add 1/4 cup of honey and 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, whisking everything together until it’s well combined. Once the sauce is mixed up nicely, it’s ready to be used! For serving suggestions, drizzle the Classic Soy Garlic Sauce over your freshly cooked Korean fried chicken or use it as a dipping sauce on the side. You can also sprinkle some chopped green onions or sesame seeds on top for an extra flavor boost. Next up is the spicy gochujang sauce that’ll take your fried chicken game up a notch!

Spicy Gochujang Sauce

To elevate your flavor experience, you’ll want to try out the Spicy Gochujang Sauce – a delicious blend of heat and sweetness that pairs perfectly with crispy chicken. Gochujang is a popular Korean chili paste that adds depth and complexity to any dish it’s added to. In this sauce, it’s combined with honey, soy sauce, garlic, and vinegar for a perfect balance of sweet, savory, tangy, and spicy flavors.

The beauty of gochujang is its versatility in flavor combinations. If you’re feeling adventurous or want to switch things up from the classic soy garlic sauce, try experimenting with different ingredients like ginger or sesame oil. And if spicy isn’t your thing, there are plenty of alternative dipping sauces such as honey mustard or ranch that can still complement the crispy texture of Korean fried chicken. Now onto the next mouth-watering option – the honey butter sauce!

Honey Butter Sauce

You’ll definitely want to try out the sweet and creamy Honey Butter Sauce – it’s the perfect accompaniment to your crispy chicken. Here are four reasons why this sauce is a must-try:

  1. The sweetness of honey balances out the saltiness of fried chicken, creating a harmonious flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
  2. The buttery richness adds an indulgent touch to your meal, making it feel like a special treat.
  3. This sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used as a dip or drizzle for other dishes such as fries, vegetables, and even sandwiches.
  4. It’s easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients.

For flavor variations, try adding some heat with red pepper flakes or swapping out the honey for maple syrup. As for serving suggestions, pour the Honey Butter Sauce over hot fried chicken or use it as a dipping sauce on the side.

Now that you have your perfect sauce ready to go, let’s move on to frying your chicken for that crispy exterior we all love so much!

Fry Your Chicken

Now that your chicken has marinated, it’s time to heat up the oil and start frying! First, make sure that you have enough oil in your pot or deep fryer. The amount of oil you need depends on the size of your pot and how much chicken you’re cooking. You’ll want to fill the pot with at least 2 inches of oil.

Next, it’s important to get the oil temperature right. The ideal temperature for frying Korean fried chicken is around 350-375°F (175-190°C). If the oil is too hot, your chicken will burn on the outside before it cooks through on the inside. If it’s not hot enough, your chicken will be greasy and soggy instead of crispy.

Once your oil is at the right temperature, carefully add a few pieces of chicken at a time to avoid overcrowding the pot. Overcrowding can cause uneven cooking and lower the temperature of the oil too much. Fry each piece for about 6-8 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

When all of your chicken is done frying, use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove them from the pot and place them on a wire rack or paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess grease. Now that your Korean fried chicken is ready, serve and enjoy with some delicious sides like pickled radish or kimchi!

Output transition: With crispy golden brown Korean fried chicken now complete, let’s move onto enjoying this mouthwatering dish with some tasty sides!

Serve and Enjoy!

Get ready to indulge in a delectable feast with crispy, juicy pieces of golden brown goodness alongside some deliciously tangy pickled radish or spicy kimchi! Your Korean fried chicken is finally ready to be served and enjoyed. But before you dig in, let’s talk about presentation tips that will take your meal to the next level.

Firstly, don’t underestimate the power of plating. Arrange the chicken pieces on a large serving dish and garnish with chopped scallions or sesame seeds for an added touch of color and flavor. If you’re feeling fancy, serve the chicken in individual baskets lined with parchment paper for that authentic Korean street food feel.

Next, let’s talk beverage pairings. A cold beer is always a classic choice when it comes to fried foods, but why not switch things up? Try pairing your chicken with a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or a sparkling water infused with fresh lime or cucumber slices for a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the dish.

Sit back and savor every bite of your perfectly cooked Korean fried chicken. Whether you’re enjoying it as a main course or as part of an appetizer spread, this dish is sure to impress anyone lucky enough to try it. So go ahead, take another piece and enjoy!


Congratulations! You have successfully made delicious Korean fried chicken. Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. As you take a bite into the crispy exterior, juicy meat, and flavorful sauce, you’ll see why this dish has become so popular all over the world.

Remember that making Korean fried chicken is all about balance. The combination of savory and sweet flavors in the sauce perfectly complements the crunchy texture of the chicken. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings or spice levels to create a unique taste that suits your palette. And most importantly, have fun in the kitchen as you explore new recipes and techniques for cooking this beloved dish. Happy frying!

James Yeong
James Yeong

Once a quaint dweller of the English countryside, James is now a vibrant voice narrating his adventures in the bustling heart of South Korea. Since relocating to Seoul in 2019, James has immersed himself in the dynamic tapestry of Korean culture, from the serene temples tucked away in mountainous terrains to the neon-lit streets of modern cities.

This blog has become a haven for those seeking an outsider's yet intimate perspective on South Korea, often shedding light on hidden gems and local favourites rather than just the typical tourist hotspots. With a keen eye for detail and a writing style dripping with wit and warmth, James has managed to amass a devoted readership from all corners of the globe.

Whether you're planning a trip to the Seoul, the surrounding cities or just vicariously traveling from the comfort of your couch, Jame's tales of exploration and discovery are sure to ignite a passion for the Land of the Morning Calm.

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