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How to make korean fried chicken wings

Make these double fried, crunchy, and crispy Korean fried chicken wings covered 2 sauces – sweet gochujang sauce or sticky soy garlic sauce! Read more about the different batters and sauces we used to perfect this recipe!

crunchy Korean fried chicken wings dipped into a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to making the best Korean fried chicken, you’re in the right place!

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As a Korean American, I grew up eating this my whole life! For this recipe, I borrowed from my mom’s recipe and tried countless variations and techniques, to come up with my best version of Korean fried chicken wings!

Continue reading below to see the results of experimenting with 4 different batters and two sauces, or skip to the recipe below!

Jump to:

  • What is Korean fried chicken?
  • Why this recipe works
  • Wet batter vs dry batter
  • Which flour is best?
  • Korean fried chicken sauce – Spicy or Mild
  • Ingredients you’ll need
  • Step by step instructions
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Recipe

What is Korean fried chicken?

a plate of Korean fried chicken surrounding yangnyeom dipping sauce next to pickled radish

Korean fried chicken is a popular dish in South Korea that is called “KFC” or “chikin” in Korea. It was first introduced from the U.S. military during the 1960s and has gained popularity ever since. What sets it apart from other fried chicken is that it’s double fried to achieve the ultimate, crispy, crunchy crust that doesn’t get soggy once covered in sauce.

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It can go by several different names in Korea:

  • huraideu chikin 후라이드 치킨 or peuraideu chikin 프라이드 치킨 – which are both the phonetic spelling of “fried chicken” in English.
  • dak-twigim 닭튀김 – which means “deep fried chicken” in English.
  • yangnyeom chicken 양념 치킨 – Korean fried chicken that’s covered in a spicy, gochujang based sauce, called yangnyeom sauce. This translates to “seasoned or sauced chicken.”

This dish is typically served with Korean pickled radish as a side dish and consumed with alcoholic beverages such as beer or soju.

Korean pickled radish next to a plate of Korean fried chicken with gochujang sauce

In fact, it’s so common to serve this with beer in Korea, that this pairing is referred to as “chimaek” in Korea, which is a combination of the word “chikin” (meaning fried chicken) and “maekju” (meaning beer).

Popular fried chicken restaurants in Seoul are BHC or Hanchu Chicken, which are my two favorite places. In the U.S., Gol Tong Chicken, Bonchon, and KyoChon Chicken are at the top of the list!

Why this recipe works

close up of yangnyeom chicken held by hand garnished with sesame seeds
  • Double fried – Double frying helps render out the fat from the chicken skin and gives it a crispy, crunchy exterior. It also helps the crust get golden brown and keep its crunchy texture after any sauce is applied.
  • Four types of batter to choose from – We’ve tested this recipe with all purpose flour, cornstarch, potato starch, and a wet batter. Read further below to see the results of each batter and choose your favorite!
  • A spicy and non-spicy sauce – Both of these sauces have the perfect, syrupy consistency to coat the fried chicken without making them soggy. Choose between a spicy gochujang sauce or a sweet and tangy soy garlic sauce!

Wet batter vs dry batter

If you’re a fan of those crunchy bits when eating fried chicken, I recommend going with a dry batter. It creates a crackly, blistered crust that has tons of crunchy texture.

The photo below shows fried chicken made with a dry flour batter. It has lots of crunchy golden brown bits attached and the surface is more irregular creating more crunch and texture.

crunchy double fried Korean chicken wings without sauce on a cooking rack on top of foil
Fried chicken wings with a dry flour batter

If you’re a fan of a lighter, crispier tempera style crust, I would recommend using the wet batter. It’s a smoother, thinner crust that still has a crispy texture, though it’s more delicate than a dry flour coating.

plain Korean fried chicken wings after being double fried resting on a metal cooling rack
Fried chicken wings with a wet batter

Which flour is best?

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Korean fried chicken is commonly made with cornstarch, all purpose flour, or potato starch, or any combination of the above. We decided to test out all three to see which is our favorite and compare their texture and flavor.

Our favorite ended up being cornstarch for it’s blistered crust and crackly texture! But the all purpose flour and potato starch were a close second, so I’d say it’s up to personal preference when deciding which flour to use.

Here’s a breakdown of what we found:

  • All purpose flour – thickest crust with the most crunch.
  • Cornstarch – crispy, crackly texture with a blistered crust.
  • Potato starch – has the best flavor, thinner crust with a light, delicate crisp. While flour and cornstarch are pretty flavorless, potato starch has lots of flavor!
photos of fried chicken coated with all purpose flour, cornstarch, and potato starch

Korean fried chicken sauce – Spicy or Mild

Gochujang Sauce (yangnyeom sauce)

  • Korean fried chicken sauce made with gochujang dripping off of a spoon
  • sweet and spicy gochujang sauce dripping off of a spoon into a pot
  • ingredients for gochujang sauce in small ramekins

This is by far the most popular sauce for Korean fried chicken. It’s an easy sweet and spicy sauce made with gochujang that sticks to your fingers!

It takes less than 10 minutes to make and you can serve it with so many other dishes! Two ingredients in this sauce is strawberry jam and ketchup, which is commonly added to fried chicken sauce in Korea.

crispy Korean fried chicken with a gochujang sauce on a white plate surrounding extra dipping sauce

Soy Garlic Sauce

  • sweet and tangy soy glaze with a spoon in a pot
  • Sweet and tangy soy glaze in a pot with a spoon
  • Sweet and tangy soy glaze dripping from a spoon

This soy garlic sauce is a sweet and tangy glaze made of soy sauce, honey, garlic, and rice wine vinegar. An equally delicious sauce that’s perfect for those who prefer a non-spicy or mild wing sauce. Or you can skip the sauce entirely and eat them plain!

korean fried chicken with a soy garlic sauce with sesame seeds and scallions on a white plate

Ingredients you’ll need

Dry Batter:

ingredients for Korean fried chicken wings in little bowls
  • Flour – choose all purpose flour, cornstarch, or potato starch based on your preference for what type of texture you prefer. See the photos above for comparison.
  • Chicken wings – I used skin-on, bone-in drumettes and flats

Wet Batter:

chicken wings, flour, cornstarch, and water in glass containers

For the wet batter, coat each wing with cornstarch and then dip it into a wet batter made of flour, water, and cornstarch.

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Step by step instructions

collage of photos with numbered steps for making Korean fried chicken
  1. Season your chicken with salt and other spices if desired.
  2. Batter the chicken wings with either a dry flour coating or a wet batter.
  3. First fry: Working in batches, fry the chicken in cooking oil heated to 345 degrees F for 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Let it drain on a cooling rack and add in the next batch.
  5. Second fry: Raise the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees F and fry in batches until the exterior becomes crunchy and golden brown.
  6. Let it drain on a cooling rack and work on the next batch.
  7. Serve immediately if you wish to eat them plain. Otherwise, add the wings to a large bowl and add your sauce and toss to evenly coat. (If desired, add sliced jalapenos and chili for added spice, like the restaurant Gol Tong Chicken.)
  8. Serve immediately with extra dipping sauce!

Frequently Asked Questions

a plate of yangnyeom chicken surrounding gochujang dipping next to plain chicken wings

What to serve with this:

  • Crunchy Korean Pickled Radish – Fast and Easy!
  • Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)
  • Korean Potato Side Dish – Gamja Jorim
  • Korean Soybean Sprout Side Dish – Kongnamul Muchim
  • Asian Sesame Broccoli Salad
  • Korean Shiitake Mushroom Side Dish
  • Korean Perilla Leaf Kimchi

More Korean recipes:

  • Easy Japchae (Korean glass noodle stir fry)
  • Kimchi Fried Rice with Spam
  • 15 Minute Korean Beef Bowl
  • Instant Pot Korean Short Ribs
  • Korean Beef Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Pickled Cucumbers

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