Korean Fried Chicken

This sticky, yet crispy Korean fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food. It is super simple to make. Twice-fried and marinated overnight in seasoned buttermilk, this chicken is super tender and delicious.

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes: 8 wings 

Ingredients

For the chicken marinade
8 free range chicken wings –  cut in halves (we love Waitoa)
200ml buttermilk
1 tbsp salt
White pepper
For the coating
4 tbsp self raising flour
2 tbsp potato flour
2 tbsp rice flour
Oil for frying
For the Korean Barbecue Sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce (we love Chantal Organics)
2 tbsp sriracha
2 heaped tbsp gochujang (optional)
4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 tbsp caster sugar
2.5cm piece fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (we love Lee Kum Kee)
For the garnish
2 spring onions, green part only thinly sliced
Black sesame seeds

Method

  1. Place buttermilk in a large bowl. Season the buttermilk with salt and plenty of white pepper. Add chicken wings and combine well. Cover and leave to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. In another bowl, mix self raising flour, potato flour and rice flour. Take the excess marinade off the chicken pieces with your hands and coat them with the flour mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large saucepan to 140C. Fry the chicken wings for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. Take them out on kitchen towel. Set aside. The chicken should be cooked but still white outside.
  4. While the chicken is cooking for the first time, make the Korean Barbecue Sauce. In a saucepan mix tomato sauce, sriracha, gochujang, rice wine vinegar, ginger and sugar. Heat to boil, then simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Remove from the heat. Add and sesame oil.
  5. Increase the oil temperature in the deep-fryer to hot – at least 190C. Fry the chicken again for 3-5 minutes until golden and crispy. Drain the chicken on a piece of kitchen towel.
  6.  In a bowl, pour 1/3 of the sauce over the chicken. Toss to coat.
  7.  Place the chicken in a serving dish. Pour remaining sauce, garnish with spring onion and sesame seeds. Serve with plenty of serviettes. Enjoy!
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