People often ask where I get ideas for recipes and my answer has always been–EVERYWHERE. Sometimes, it’s a recipe from a cookbook, a food magazine, pinterest, or someone’s blog. Most of the time though, it’s a delicious dish that I had a restaurant and tried to recreate at home. In the case of these Korean fried chicken wings, the inspiration came from a food court at a Korean supermarket near my house. I had many wings before but these Korean fried chicken wings were different! Flavorful, crunchy, sweet, and tongue hurting hot from the gochujang. They would give those hot sauce wings a run for their money.
I couldn’t bear to pay $6.99 for a pound of wings so I set my mind to make them at home. Over the course of a few months, I would ask for tips from my Korean friends and used my wings making experience to develop the recipe for these morsels of deliciousness. I made mine a little less spicy than the restaurant’s so I can still taste other foods afterward. If you can handle the heat from the gochujang, feel free to add more, double or triple the gochujang! Enjoy!
Korean Fried Chicken Wings
1 tbsp garlic, crushed
1 tbsp ginger, crushed
1 ½ tbsps gochujang (more if you like)
2 tbsps white rice vinegar
2 tbsps soy sauce
¼ cup of honey
1.5 lbs chicken wings, joints separated and tips removed
1 ½ tsps salt
Vegetable oil for frying
1 tbsp of toasted white sesame seeds, for garnish
¼ cup of green scallions, thinly sliced for garnish
½ cup of rice flour
½ cup of water
1 cup of rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1. To make the sauce, in a food processor, combine the garlic, ginger, gochujang, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey and pulse until well combined.
2. In a small saucepan, pour the sauce and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it starts bubbling, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Season the chicken wings with salt.
4. To make the flour paste, in a bowl whisk together the rice flour and water until it becomes a thin paste.
5. In a different bowl, whisk together the rice flour and baking powder.
6. In a large stockpot, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.
7. Dredge the wings in flour, dip them in the flour paste, and dredge them again in flour and shake off any excess flour before placing them in the hot oil. Fry for about 4-5 minutes until lightly golden. (If you decide to use the whole wings, they’ll need to be fried for about 6-8 minutes.)
8. Transfer the wings to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.
9. Place the wings in a large mixing bowl, pour the sauce into the bowl and toss to coat evenly.
10.Put the wings on a plate, garnish with toasted sesame and scallions, and serve immediately.