These spicy Korean fried chicken wings are irresistible and a perfect party food. The crispness of the wings and the gently sweet and spicy sauce made with gochujang is finger-licking delicious.
I received a revelation (?).
“Thou shall make another KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), nevertheless it shall be spicy…”.
It was a still small voice that came from my hungry stomach, ha ha ha!
I had posted a non-spicy version of KFC and this is a sequel episode.
Chicken is our global protein source.
Some people don’t eat pork and some don’t eat beef for their religious belief.
Some people don’t eat fish nor seafood because they are not used to, and some don’t eat tofu because they just can’t stand it.
Everyone in this planet eat chicken at least 2-3 times a week I bet.., except those who are vegetarians, or those who witnessed the murdering of chicken.
I sometimes wonder if our chickens ever realize how popular they are in this world.
“EAT MOR CHIKIN!!!”
Anyhow, Koreans love their chicken fried just like Col. Sanders in Kentucky did in his.
This spicy fried chicken is one of our favorite, and it will make you lick your fingers off!
It is not overly spicy either for your sake.
Then, of course, you can hide a tablespoon of cayenne chili powder in the sauce to knock off your husband’s buddies who come over for Superbowl game and claims your brand new HD flat screen TV as if their own.
Here is how;
“May I take your coat?”
This step is totally optional and depends on your preference.
I would remove the skin of these wings since they will enter to my family’s stomach.
If you like the skin, don’t bother…
Season your lovely chicken with some ginger, rice wine, salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a blender combine onion, ginger, garlic.
Spin their lives together until smooth.
Grab these sauce ingredients.
This is strawberry preservative. Apricot is another good option.
Yes, I know…, it is quite a random thing to add in Korean chicken recipe, but trust me. I know what I am doing.
Combine them all together in a sauce pan.
You might want to smash the strawberry chunks if there are any.
Bring them to gentle boil…
and simmer for 3-4 minutes over low heat stirring occasionally until it gets slightly thicken.
Taste the sauce! You will so madly fall in love that you will want to drizzle on your ice cream.
Go back to your lonely chicken. Put them in a Ziploc bag with some corn starch.
Shake them, babe!
Drop your chicken in a hot frying oil and cook for 3-5 minutes.
I like to deep fry twice.
After first frying, the color is somewhat unappealing and less crunch.
Put them back in the hot oil and fry again for the second time, about 2-3 minutes.
After second frying. This is what we call NGB; nice golden brown.
Smother the fried chicken with the sauce. Just toss them around in a pot.
Sprinkle some nuts of your choice as garnish. I used walnuts and sesame seeds. Almonds, peanuts, pine nuts are good options, too.
So make sure your fingers are religiously clean to be worth of licking.
“je ne sais quoi” that no one can guess.
I still can’t decide which one I like better.
that is the question.
Korean Fried Chicken
- 2 lb chicken drummettes and wings
- 1 tbsp rice wine
- 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- canola oil for frying
- 2 tbsp chopped walnut peanut, or almond for garnish
For the sauce:
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 " slice fresh ginger or 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, or 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
- 4 tbsp Korean chili paste (gochujang)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium if possible
- 2-3 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp rice wine
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp strawberry or apricot preserve or jam
- 2 tsp rice vinegar or white vinegar
- 2 tbsp corn syrup
- Season chicken pieces with rice wine, ginger, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a small blender or processor, puree onion, garlic, ginger together until smooth.
- In a saucepan, pour the onion puree and add the rest of sauce ingredients, mix well. You might need to smash the chunks of strawberries, if there are any, with the back of a spoon.
- Bring the pot of sauce over medium heat and boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3-4 minutes until it gets thicken slightly. Set aside.
- Place the chickens in a ziplock bag and add cornstarch. Shake the bag well to coat the chicken thoroughly.
- Heat oil in a heavy skillet until it reaches 170-180 degree. Drop the chicken and fry for 3-5 minutes until it gets lightly golden. Take them out and place on a plate with paper towel.
- When all the chicken pieces are fried, go back to the first batch and fry for second time, about 2-3 minutes or until they get nicely golden brown.
- Put fried chicken pieces in the pot of sauce and toss well to coat evenly. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and sprinkle chopped nuts over. Enjoy