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Ultimate KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

Ultimate KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

Try this recipe for Ultimate KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) from Judy Joo's cookbook, 'Korean Food Made Simple'

Ultimate KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

I have always loved fried chicken. My take on the dish, which includes vodka and matzo meal, is a little unorthodox and has a fair number of ingredients, but I call it “ultimate” for a reason. Two things make it even better: its customary accompaniment of cubed pickled radish and ice-cold beer.

Excerpted from KOREAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE © 2016 by Judy Joo. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Ingredients

For the coating:

  • 1/4 Cup cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken drumsticks, 2 thighs, and 4 wings (with tips)

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 3 Tablespoons Korean chile paste (gochujang)
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the batter:

  • 1/2 Cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup fine matzo meal
  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons gochugaru (Korean chile flakes)
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 Cup vodka (or any neutral-tasting 40 proof alcohol)
  • 2 Tablespoons gochujang (Korean chile paste)

Servings4

Calories Per Serving714

Folate equivalent (total)36µg9%

Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg14.9%


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The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

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I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.


Korean Fried Chicken

The best Korean Fried Chicken - crispy coated buttermilk fried chicken smothered in a spicy Korean-inspired gochujang sauce.
The sauce is so rich, flavourful and complex and it comes together very easily - just throw all the ingredients in a pan and bubble it up.
We love to eat this with rice, noodles, or my personal favourite - stuffed into bao buns!

One thing that I absolutely love as a recipe creator, is when I put a plate of food down in front of people, and the conversation stops the moment the first bite is taken. Just quiet, wide-eyed, satisfied munching, with the occasional 'Mmmmm' and 'oh my god, it's so good' until it's all gone.

That moment when everyone wants to focus all of their senses on what they're eating, and nothing else matters.

That's what happens with this Korean Fried Chicken Recipe.

I'm using my popular buttermilk chicken to start off this recipe. If you've never had it, you've got to give it a go (especially this Chicken burger version with honey mustard coleslaw). As someone who worked in fried chicken shops during school, college and university, I can confidently say I know my stuff when it comes to fried chicken.