Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Korean Fried Chicken ~ Recipe

Maangchi’s fried chicken

“I have developed this recipe over 3 years. Whenever I made this fried chicken, I tried different mixes of dried ingredients and different ways to make the sauce. At first I tried not to use rice or corn syrup or ketchup and I replaced them with more natural, wholesome ingredients, but I was never satisfied with the appearance, taste, and flavor. So far this is the best ratio that I have come up with and I feel it’s time to release this recipe to my lovely readers. What shall I call this chicken? Maangchi’s Chicken? : )” – Maangchi

maangchi fried chicken

Ingredients (for 3-4 servings)

– 3 pounds (about 1.5 kg) of chicken chunks
– salt
– ground black pepper
potato starch powder
– flour
sweet rice flour
– egg
– baking soda
– canola oil (or vegetable oil)
– garlic
– ketchup
hot pepper paste
rice syrup
– apple vinegar

Directions

1. Rinse chunks of chicken in cold water. Drain.
*tip: You could use chicken wings, too. About 24 wings will be 3 pounds.
2. Add 1 ts ground black pepper and 1 ts kosher salt.
3. Add ½ cup potato starch powder, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ cup sweet rice flour, 1 ts baking soda, and 1 egg.

maangchi fried chicken

4. Mix well by hand and completely coat the chicken.

maangchi fried chicken

5. Put 6-7 cups of canola oil in a wok or frying pan and heat it up.
6. After it’s heated for about 7-8 minutes, test if the oil is ready by dipping a sample chunk of chicken into the oil. If the oil bubbles, it’s the right temperature to start frying.

maangchi fried chicken

Fry them using the double-frying method:

1. Fry the chicken chunks for 10 minutes over high heat.

maangchi fried chicken

2. Take them out of the oil and shake them off in a strainer. Let them sit for a few minutes.
3. Fry them again for another 10 minutes until all pieces look golden brown and are crunchy outside.
*tip: If your skillet is not large enough to fry all the chicken at once, divide it into batches like I do in the video.

maangchi fried chicken

maangchi fried chicken

While you are frying, you can make the sauce:

1. Put 1 tbs canola oil and 4 cloves of minced garlic into a heated pan,
2. Add ⅓ cup tomato ketchup, ⅓ cup rice syrup, ¼ cup hot pepper paste, 1 tbs apple vinegar and simmer the mixture for about about 7 minutes. Keep your heat low and be sure not to burn the sauce.
3. Turn off the heat and wait until the chicken is done.

maangchi fried chicken

Chicken done? Now you can coat your chicken with the sauce:

1. Reheat the sauce.
2. Put the freshly fried chicken into the sauce and gently mix it up with a wooden spoon.

maangchi fried chicken

3. Sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds over top and serve hot or warm.

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