Andrea nguyen chicken stir fry with lemongrass and chili

You’re 30 minutes away from the crispiest, crunchiest, tastiest chicken wings ever: Korean fried chicken.

If you’ve never tried it, is an extra crunchy double fried chicken tossed in a sweet & spicy sauce. It’s like the best hot wings ever.

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What is Korean fried chicken?

Korean fried chicken is classically double fried extra crispy wings & drummettes that are then coated in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce. It’s lượt thích buffalo wings amped up with the power of gochujang.


Air fryer Korean fried chicken

We’ve always loved the idea of making Korean fried chicken at home, but even with as much as we cook, deep frying is never fun, so we’ve never done it. Steph suggested using the air fryer, which I thought was a genius idea, and I developed this double air fry technique that produced a pretty darn crispy chicken that I think rivals the best of the best deep fried versions while being way healthier.


How lớn make Korean fried chicken

The secret of Korean fried chicken is the double frying. Double frying in the air fryer works just as well as it does with deep frying, but way easier. The secret is to coat your chicken after the first fry using a spray/mist of oil. It’s not totally necessary, but it really helps. To lớn make Korean fried chicken in an air fryer:

Coat the chicken. I coated the chicken first with oil to help with heat transfer, then salt & pepper, then corn or potato starch, which is what Asian-style chicken is classically made with for a lighter, crispier outer shell.Air fry the chicken. 400ºF for 15 minutes. There’s no need to preheat the air fryer.Make the sauce. While the chicken is air frying, make the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients, then heating it up khổng lồ a very slight boil (or even just microwaving it for a minute).Flip the chicken.

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When 15 minutes is up, flip the chicken & continue air frying for another 5 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.Double fry và sauce. After the chicken has cooled, spray it with oil again, then air fry it for the final time at 400ºF for 5 minutes. Remove and toss in sauce, then enjoy immediately.


Korean fried chicken sauce

The magical sauce that goes on Korean fried chicken is a mixture of honey, brown sugar, gochujang, and ketchup. Really: ketchup is a very important ingredient if you want to lớn keep things authentic. It’s important to note that this is just one possible sauce – there are other sauces for Korean fried chicken out there, but this one (in America, at least) is the iconic one.


What is gochujang?

Gochujang is very slightly spicy fermented Korean paste that goes great in everything. We also use it for our sweet & spicy gochujang honey roast chicken and potatoes, our 10 minute spicy beef weeknight stir fry udon, and our kimchi stew with mochi egg recipe.. Traditionally it comes in tubs, but these days you can find it in much more convenient squeeze bottles in the Asian aisle of literally any grocery store.


What if I don’t have spray oil?

Spray oil is really good, cheap, và irreplaceable in the kitchen – especially if you have an air fryer. It’s not worse for you than any other kind of oil, as long as you know when to lớn use it và its limitations. We lượt thích a nice high smoke point propellant free oil, but you can use any oil you want (except olive because of its low smoke point) & you can even make your own.


Deep/pan fry Korean fried chicken

If you don’t have an air fryer (you should really consider getting one as they are great and cheap these days) you can easily vị it the classic way: fry the chicken until golden brown, then remove và let cool a bit before dropping it back in for a few more minutes. Then toss in sauce, as usual.

Oven baked korean fried chicken

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can use an oven khổng lồ bake these wings. Just follow the recipe as is, but preheat the oven lớn 425ºF and bake the wings on the middle rack for 30 minutes, then turn them và continue for another 10-20 minutes (50 minutes total). Toss them in the sauce once they are cool enough lớn handle.

Will this sauce work with any kind of fried chicken?

Yes! If you are feeling lazy, you can just make the sauce và toss it in grocery store or chain fried chicken. It won’t be as good or quite the same, but still pretty awesome.


How does it compare to lớn delivery?

Korean fried chicken is available as a delivery sản phẩm in most major cities these days. While this might seem like more work than just ordering delivery, right after I made this chicken, we went out và tried a local version – hot & fresh – khổng lồ compare and contrast. The homemade KFC was both tastier & crispier.