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Sweet & Spicy Korean Fried Chicken

Sweet & spicy Korean fried chicken (also known as Dakgangjeong) is juicy and moist on the insideΒ yet perfectly crisp on the outside. The secret is double frying each chicken bite in potato starch! Glazed with a delicious sticky, sweet, and slightly spicy sauce, these pair perfectly with a cold refreshing drink.
45 Minutes
15 Ingredients
Spice Level

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Sweet & Spicy Korean Fried Chicken

Recipe for Sweet & Spicy Korean Fried Chicken


For 4 servings

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thigh or breast, chopped
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, to garnish

For the marinade:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/3 c potato starch or corn starch
  • black pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp gouchujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • black pepper, to taste

Step by step

step 1

Make the marinade: In a large bowl combine rice wine, salt, pepper, garlic, and ginger. Add in your chicken and mix ingredients together. Marinate for 20-30 minutes.

step 2

Make the sauce: Combine soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, gochujang, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Mix together.

step 3

Simmer sauce over medium low heat for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat.

step 4

Remove chicken from marinade and coat evenly in potato starch. Deep fry chicken over medium high heat in a large skillet or pan for 3-4 minutes then remove. Shake off excess oil. Deep fry chicken again for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.

step 5

Place fried chicken into sauce over low heat and stir until evenly coated.

step 6

Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy!