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Sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken is amazing and easy to make too.

This is a hugely popular way to serve chicken in South Korea. Korean fried chicken or dakgangjeong is delicious and so easy to make. In fact the cooking can all be done in one wok!

If you’ve tried Korean fried chicken before, you know how good it is. If not, try it! This is the real deal. Korean fried chicken is great served simply with Jasmine rice or Basmati rice.

Korean Fried chicken

So easy to make. Give this delicious Korean fried chicken a try.

What is different about Korean fried chicken?

Korean fried chicken, often referred to as KFC of by its Korean name dakgangjeong is a popular dish that has gained international recognition for its crispy, flavourful, and addictive qualities. You will find Korean fried chicken served all over South Korea.

What sets Korean fried chicken apart is its unique preparation and distinctive seasoning. First you fry the chicken, resulting in an extra crispy exterior while keeping the meat juicy and tender inside. You then transfer the fried chicken to a rack to drip any excess oil before adding it to a spicy and amazingly delicious sauce.

You will love how that thick and tasty sauce coats the chicken. This Korean fried chicken is too good not to try!

What goes into the Korean fried chicken sauce?

You will find many different variations but the seasoning for Korean fried chicken most often includes a combination of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and other spices. Some variations, like this one I have for you here, include a sweet and sticky glaze made with gochujang (Korean chili paste), which adds a spicy and slightly sweet kick to the chicken.

Make this sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken your own…

I tend to add quite a lot more chilli flakes to the sauce as I like spicy food. You will have to decide your own spice preferences.

Taste the sauce and be sure to adjust the ingredients to taste before adding the fried chicken. You might want to add more sugar or soy sauce for example. Use this recipe as a guide and don’t hesitate to adjust to taste.

Working ahead…

Although it’s best to cook everything right before serving, you could cheat a bit.

If you would like to fry the chicken a couple of days ahead of time, you can. If you do this, you might want to place the fried chicken in an oven oven preheated to 200c/400f for a few minutes to crisp it up again but that isn’t essential. Then just heat the sauce up in the wok over a medium heat and allow the chicken to heat through before serving.

I find that it is a lot easier to prepare everything before actually cooking. The sauce ingredients, for example can be mixed a couple of days ahead of cooking too. 

Different ways you can serve Korean fried chicken

Korean fried chicken is served in various styles, including bone-in pieces, boneless chunks, or wings. It is often accompanied by a variety of dipping sauces, such as spicy gochujang sauce, soy garlic sauce, or honey mustard. The chicken is typically garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions, adding a final touch of flavour and presentation.

Korean fried chicken is the ultimate party food.

In addition to its delicious taste, Korean fried chicken has gained popularity due to its social and communal aspect. It is often enjoyed with friends and family, served as a sharing dish in Korean restaurants or enjoyed as a snack during social gatherings. Many Korean fried chicken establishments also offer a range of side dishes and beverages to complement the meal.

How long does the fried chicken keep in the fridge

Fresh is alway best when making Korean fried chicken. That said, you will find that it is the most delicious of leftover snacks.

Can you freeze Korean fried chicken?

Yes. You can freeze it in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.

To heat it up, let the chicken defrost completely. Then place it in a pre-heated oven to 200c/400f and cook until heated through and crisp. 

Pro Tips

  1. Cornstarch and Rice Flour Coating: In the recipe below, you only use cornflour for coating the chicken. This works really well. If you can get it, you might like to try a 50/50 mixture of cornflour and rice flour. Rice flour isn’t as easy to come by but it does give the chicken an even crispier exterior.
  2. Seasoning the sauce: Please use my recipe as a guide. Be sure to taste the sauce before adding the chicken. You can easily adjust it to taste.
  3. Resting and Drying: After the chicken has been fried, allow it to rest on a wire rack for a few minutes. This step helps to drain excess oil and allows the chicken to maintain its crispiness. Additionally, ensuring that the chicken is well-dried before frying helps achieve a crisper coating. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels or let it air-dry in the refrigerator before frying.


Step by step photographs…

Dusting chicken with flour

Dust the marinated chicken pieces with the flour mixture. Be sure to shake off the excess flour.

checking oil temperature

Heat the oil to 175c/350f. If you don’t have a thermometer, just stick some wooden skewers or chopstick in. If it bubbles, your oil is ready.

Frying chicken

Fry in batches! If you add too much chicken, your oil will cook down and you will be left with soggy chicken instead of crispy.

Fried chicken

Fry for about 5 minutes or until crispy and cooked through.

Fried chicken

Place the fried chicken on a rack so that the excess oil drips and the chicken stays nice and crispy.

sweet and sour sauce

Whisk the sauce ingredients together until smooth.

Sauce for Korean fried chicken

Once the chicken is all fried, it’s time to heat the sauce. I recommend doing this right before serving.

Adding fried chicken to Korean sweet and sour sauce

Add the chicken to the sauce in batches. Then stir it all into the sauce. Adding the chicken in batches makes it easier to coat evenly.

Korean fried chicken

Once nicely coated, you can add the sesame seeds and spring onions (scallions)

Korean sweet and sour chicken

It doesn’t get much better than this!

Sweet, sour and spicy chicken

Dig in!

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Yield: 4

Korean Fried Chicken

Sweet and spicy Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 900g (2 lbs) chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp rice wine or dry sherry
  • 260g (2 cups) cornflour (corn starch)
  • 2 ½ tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp dried red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp rice wine or sherry
  • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Whisk half of the salt, pepper and garlic powder together with the Chinese rice wine to make the marinade. Add the chicken and mix well with your hands ensuring the chicken pieces are evenly coated with the marinade.
  2. Allow to marinate while you prepare the rest of the dish or overnight. The longer the chicken rests in the marinade the better.
  3. When ready to fry, heat a large wok about one third full with rapeseed (canola) or peanut oil and bring to 175c/350f over medium high heat. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can check that the oil is hot enough by placing a chopstick or wooden skewer in the oil. If bubbles form around the chopstick instantly, your oil is hot enough.
  4. Meanwhile, pour the flour onto a plate and add the remaining salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then dust each piece of chicken with the flour mixture.
  5. Be sure to shake off any excess flour. Cooking in small batches, place a few
    pieces of the chicken in the hot oil and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer each batch of fried chicken to a rack to soak up any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  6. With all the chicken fried, it’s time to make the sauce.  Discard or strain the cooking oil into a container for future frying and wipe the wok clean. Stir in the sauce ingredients. It is easiest mix the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl beforehand but these can be added directly to the wok if it's more convenient for you.
  7. Bring the sauce to a simmer and then add the fried chicken. I usually add the chicken to the sauce in batches too as it is easier to ensure that it is all equally coated. Ensure that they chicken is heated through and then add the toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions
    (scallions) to serve.
  8. I like to serve Korean fried chicken with plain white rice.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300

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You will get fantastic results using this recipe. I promise.

Terry Gigg

Thursday 29th of February 2024

Hi Dan love the recipe, make it a thing I change is how you prep and use the sauce. I tend to make a big batch of the sauce separately and rather than swamp the chicken in it I use it more sparingly which allows you to adjust the level of sweetness and spiciness to your taste and it also gives you a jar full of this wonderful sauce ready in the fridge for the future :-)

Dan Toombs

Saturday 9th of March 2024

That sounds like a good idea, glad you’re enjoying the recipe. Thanks Dan

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