Korean Fried Chicken
Crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, full of flavor and an interesting mix of spices that it comes together in a perfect way.
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I get so excited when I’m introduced to a new dish that I didn’t even know existed!!! You probably knew all about these fabulous dishes but I’m kind of slow. When I saw this, it felt like a challenge that I needed to accomplish for me and you! We can’t miss out on something so delicious! Trust me, THIS IS SO DELICIOUS!!!!
Let’s make some Korean fried chicken! Dakgangjeong (닭강정) is a deep-fried crispy chicken dish glazed in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce.
You can easily double or triple the recipe for a bigger crowd. Great for a potluck or a party. The chicken stays crispy!
What is gochujang?
Gochujang is a Korean fermented red chilli sauce or paste with a smoky-sweet and slightly spicy flavour. Some brands are spicier than others. I’ve prefer the paste, rather than the sauce for a stronger flavour. It’s a fantastic addition to sauces and marinades, as it adds heat, richness, tang and a little sweetness.
Top Tips for Success
Ensuring the coating doesn’t fall off the cooked chicken:
When the chicken comes out of the oil, the coating will be securely adhered to the chicken. However, the longer you leave it before adding the sauce. Instead of tossing the chicken in the sauce, brush on the sauce.
How do you reheat Korean fried chicken?
Korean fried chicken is best when served right away, as that’s when the chicken will be at it’s crispiest. However, you can cool, cover and refrigerate the Korean fried chicken (for up to a day), then reheat in the oven (covered) for 10-15 minutes at 190C/380F, until piping hot throughout.
Korean Fried Chicken
- 3 lbs chicken thighs and legs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 tsps salt
- 2 tsps black pepper
- 2 tsps garlic salt
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 2 tsps paprika
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- vegetable oil for deep frying – (at least 1 litre/four cups)
For the sauce
Place the chicken in a bowl. Add the buttermilk, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Mix together, cover and place in the fridge to marinade for at least 1 hour (up to over night)
Preheat the oven to a low heat (to keep cooked chicken warm). Heat a large pan of vegetable oil (or preheat your deep fat fryer) until hot (you can test by dropping a small cube of bread in there, if it rises immediately to the top and starts to bubble rapidly, it’s hot enough). You’ll need at least 4 cups of oil.
Mix together the crispy coating ingredients in a small bowl.
Take the chicken out of the fridge. Lift a piece from the buttermilk and allow the excess to drip off. Dredge the chicken in the crispy coating mixture – ensuring it’s fully covered. Place on a tray and repeat until all of the chicken is coated.
Cook for 12 to 15 minutes on 375 degrees until golden brown and cooked in the middle. You can check this by cutting open a piece of chicken, if it’s no longer pink in the middle, it’s cooked. If it’s not done but the skin is getting too dark, continue cooking it in the oven on 200 degrees.
Place on a tray in the oven to keep warm whilst you cook the rest of the chicken.
Meanwhile make the sauce. Place the gochujang, honey, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vegetable oil and sesame oil in a saucepan and stir together.
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes until thickened. Once the oil is hot enough, add in 3 or 4 of the chicken. You can add more or less depending on the size of your pan, just be sure not to overcrowd the chicken.
Gently brush on the sauce onto the crispy chicken , then top with the spring onions, chilli flakes and sesame seeds before serving.
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