Korean Fried Chicken, platter
Korean Fried Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Booze Food, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Korean Fried Chicken
Author: The Subversive Table
Marinade Ingredients:
  • 2 lb chicken wings
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (optional)
Frying ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup potato starch or corn starch
Sauce ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 2-3 Tbsp chile flakes from Asian Grocer depending on taste
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
Garnishes (optional):
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  1. Place chicken wings in a large bowl. Add garlic, curry powder, and salt. Mix throughly. Cover and refrigerate, preferably overnight. If cooking right away, do not refrigerate but keep at room temperature.
    Korean Fried Chicken, marinade
  2. Right before frying, add potato starch and mix thoroughly with your hands. The potato starch should stick to the chicken wings in a thick coating. Feel free to pat the starch onto the chicken wings firmly with your hands.
    Korean Fried Chicken, potato starch
Prepare for deep frying:
  1. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Set aside.

  2. Attach a thermometer to the side of a deep, cast iron Dutch oven, if you have it. Another alternative is a regular pot with high sides. Add 2-3 inches of neural cooking oil with a high smoking point. I use grapeseed oil. The goal is to add enough oil for the chicken wings to float in the pot and not stick to the bottom.

  3. Wait until the oil temperature reaches 380F.

  4. Fry the chicken wings in batches until all the wings are golden and crispy, about 10-12 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    Korean Fried Chicken, first fry
  5. Now it’s time for the second fry. Wait until the oil temperature reaches 380F. Fry the (already-fried) chicken wings in batches until they are darker and golden-brown in color, about 10-12 minutes per batch. Drain and set aside.
    Korean Fried Chicken, second fry
Prepare the sauce:
  1. Add corn syrup, soy sauce, and rice vinegar in a small bowl. Mix throughly with a spoon and set aside.
  2. Prepare the minced garlic and ginger. Set aside.
  3. Heat a wok or deep stock pot over medium-high heat and add oil. When hot but not smoking, add chile flakes, garlic, and ginger. Mix around with a spatula or wooden spoon until fragrant and crispy looking, about 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add the soy sauce mixture and mix until the sauce bubbles vigorously, about 2-4 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  5. Add the chicken wings and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until each wing is coated in sauce. Heap onto a platter and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion and/or cilantro Serve with rice, kimchi, and beer.

    Korean Fried Chicken, platter
Recipe Notes

*Do your best to maintain the heat at 380F during the frying, adjusting the heat from time to time.  There will be an initial dip to a lower temperature in the beginning but the heat should climb back up to 380F.  Raise the heat, if necessary.

**During the second frying, the heat will not dip down as dramatically when you add the chicken wings to the oil.  Watch carefully that the oil temperature doesn’t exceed 400F.