Korean fried chicken Sauce

Learn how to make Korean fried chicken at home – without a deep-fryer

If you want fiery, salty, sticky, sweet and spicy garlicky fried chicken, you have come to the right place, my friend!

In this recipe, you will learn how to make delicious Korean fried chicken at home – without a deep-fryer, and especially without the help of a home-delivery service.

Ever since I tried Korean fried chicken for the first time, I was sold! Oddly enough, the best I tasted up until now was in Japan, Singapore, and in Amsterdam. Probably, because I never had the chance to go to Korean yet…

Recently a new Korean fried chicken place opened in Amsterdam called UncleLee and they make some killer fried chicken! In my experience, most fried food is not good when it’s home-delivered, because it’s usually soggy and damp. But even with home-delivery, you are greeted with a bucket of spicy crispy chicken at UncleLees. If you live in Amsterdam, you can order it here from their website UncleLee.nl. Several foodie websites and blogs like Culy and BySam have reported about it as well. Definitely a recommendation!

I got inspired to create this recipe after ordering Korean fried chicken there several times in a few months. If you want to have the same mouthwatering experience at home, keep reading!

You need some Gochujang – Korean fermented chili paste

If you want the real authentic Korean taste, you need to get your hands onto Gochujang, which is a paste made from fermented chilis and rice. This stuff here. It should be available in your well-stocked Asian supermarket. I never had a problem finding it.

The recipe also calls for syrup. You can use corn syrup, cane sugar syrup or any other kind of sugar syrup really.

An easy fried chicken recipe

Making proper Korean fried chicken is of course not only about the spicy sauce but especially about super crunchy fried chicken! A few weeks back I released a recipe for a super crunchy ‘fried’ chicken that skipped the deep-fryer. Even though it’s oven-baked the thick cornflakes crust gives you the same satisfying crunch that you love from a good fried chicken, but then just a bit healthier.

Check out the recipe for the incredibly tender oven-baked chicken with an ear-popping crunch, here. At least just as delightful as your Colonel’s chicken but then finger licking better!

About one jam glass full of sauce. Enough for 6-8 servings of sauce

Ingredients for Korean fried chicken sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons syrup
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar

How to make tasty Korean fried chicken sauce at home

Finely mince the garlic. Then combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

Bring everything to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until it reaches the goopy consistency of honey.

If you want to make Korean fried chicken, add 3 tablespoons of the sauce to a large bowl, add the fried chicken and carefully swirl the chicken pieces in the sauce until they are fully covered. Make sure to be gentle so the breading of the chicken doesn’t come off!

Dig into some crispy fiery sticky chicken!

Comments are always welcome! What other uses do you have for this sauce? On top of bibimpap? As a dipping sauce for your chicken nuggets? On top of your peanut-butter toast? We want to know it all! Leave a comment and make the world a more delicious place

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