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Korean Chicken Nuggets Korean Chicken Nuggets recipe Gochujang for Korean Chicken Nuggets Korean Chicken Nuggets recipe Korean Chicken Nuggets snack recipe Lately I’ve been craving spicy, comfort foods and for me Korean fried chicken is definitely one of them. Korean fried chicken is something my sister and I grew up with. My mom never made it (she’s not a big fan of frying or fried foods), but every now and then we would go to the Korean market with my mom and she would get us an order of honey and peanut (which by the way, peanuts need to be crushed and sprinkled onto a lot more savory stuff) glazed Korean fried chicken in the prepared foods section and we would happily nosh on the package together because it was a big pile of sweet, sticky, crispy, rich, deliciousness. Even if it was slightly soggy from steaming in the package on the way home, we didn’t care, it was just that good to us.

I’m not sure why this random childhood food memory of eating fried chicken is so clear in both our minds. Maybe it’s because during the peak of our “cat-fighting stage” of sisterhood we were able to set whatever adolescent issue we had with one another aside and enjoy a casual meal together with a lot of parent gossip and laughs. Those times growing up were my absolute favorite.

Today we have a similar version of this nostalgic meal but in nugget form….yep, Korean Chicken Nuggets, and with a spicy Korean bbq sauce. These are easy to pop in your mouth bone/hassle free and although the sauce is quite spicy, the drizzle of honey helps to balance the heat and the black sesame seeds add a nice nutty flavor and crunch. (OR you can substitute crushed peanuts, which are also delicious) I know frying can be a pain in the butt at times, but when the right occasion calls for it, these are totally worth the extra work. Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Korean Fried Chicken
Serves 5 to 7

Spicy Korean bbq sauce:
¼ cup gochugang (Korean Chile Paste)
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons peeled and minced ginger
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons sesame oil

12 chicken tenders, each cut into 3 equal pieces
1 cup sweet rice flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ¼ cup cold water
salt and pepper to taste

vegetable oil for frying

1. Preheat oil to 350°F.
2. For the spicy Korean bbq sauce: Place all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until fully incorporated. Set aside.
3. Sift together the flour and cornstarch into a mixing bowl. Whisk in water until fully incorporated and no lumps remain.
4. Dip each nugget piece into the batter and shake to remove any excess. Carefully drop each battered nugget into the hot oil and fry for 5 to 6 minutes (this will have to be done in batches).
5. Drain onto paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Once all nuggets have been fried, place nuggets back into the fryer and fry a second time (double fry) for 5 to 7 minutes or until light golden brown and crispy. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
6. Using a pastry brush, paint each nugget with a small amount of the spicy bbq sauce, garnish with black sesame seeds and finish with a drizzle of honey.

**You can pour the sauce into a bowl, thin it out with a small amount of water, add the nuggets and toss together to coat them quickly, before transferring onto a serving dish with a slotted spoon and garnishing

  1. foodnerd4life Not Specified Not Specified

    These look insane. I need them in my face right now!

    FoodNerd x

  2. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Not Specified Not Specified

    These look incredible. There’s nothing better than recreating a childhood favorite and bringing back those food memories. Love it.

  3. Caroline Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, I was wondering if I could double fry these a few hours after the first fry? Thanks!

  4. steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    ohhhhh i LOVE korean fried chicken wings. I never knew they were so easy to make!

    do you fry in a dutch oven or are you lucky enough to have a deep fryer? i find that with frying, the biggest hassle is getting rid of the oil after frying several batches of meat. I would imagine that the korean BBQ sauce recipe would go really well brushed on some (bone-in) chicken wings or drums and baked too. Thank you for this recipe!

  5. PolaM Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks amazing! I bet the sauce would be great with grilled chicken too!

  6. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, is there anything you can’t photograph that looks amazing. Can’t wait to try these!

  7. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    These chicken nuggets look so good! I have a tub of gochujiang in the cupboard, but I never know what to do with it (besides making the ubiquitous kimchi, of course). This is the perfect solution!

  8. GG Not Specified Not Specified

    *wipes drool* Yum! I want, NOW!!!

  9. Annie @ ciaochowbambina Not Specified Not Specified

    Literally… my mouth is watering!! Can’t wait to try these!!!

  10. Esther Not Specified Not Specified

    Those look SO good. I’m Korean too so I love anything spicy!

  11. Heather @ The Owl with the Goblet Not Specified Not Specified

    these. look. amazing.

  12. Katie @ The Surly Housewife Not Specified Not Specified

    I HAVE to try this. It looks so good. I love the vibrant color of the sauce and the contrast of the black sesame seeds. Pinned!

  13. Shutterbug Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks so yummy! I’m drooling over these yummy chicken nuggets!! I will have to make this sometime!

  14. cynthia | two red bowls Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my gosh these are making me SO hungry right now. Need to make them ASAP. Thanks for sharing this genius recipe!

  15. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living Not Specified Not Specified

    These Korean chicken nuggets are making my mouth water. They look delicious! What sort of sides would you recommend with them?

  16. Trisha Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks delicious. love the look of the sauce with the black sesame seeds.x

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  18. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    Sometimes you definitely just need to fry! These look totally worth it and delectable!! :)

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  20. Ginny Not Specified Not Specified

    We made these tonight and they were INSANE. I can’t wait to have them again.

  21. Hexidecimal Not Specified Not Specified

    Made them with Ginny (above), they are now in our regular meal rotation. That sauce is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

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  23. Libby Miller Not Specified Not Specified

    I have made the Korean fried chicken for Superbowl but had to substitute Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce for that chili sauce…we don’t have that around here in BFE… They were awesome and the first ones gone! Same sauce! Thanks!

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  25. Jisoo Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m korean american and these are incredibly salty. I like it to be a little more sweet so for those of you who really like that sweet and spicy kick, you should definitely add in more honey and/or brown sugar!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I’m also Korean-American and my taste prefers the sauce to be more salty/spicy than sweet. I also add much less of the overall glaze to the wings, in general….but definitely adjust the sauce to your own liking!

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  27. David Triplet Not Specified Not Specified

    this looks awesome I will definitely try it thanks

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