Korean Fried Chicken

July 27, 2020

The best Korean Fried Chicken ever! Crispy twice-fried chicken smothered with sweet and spicy sauce.

Korean fried chicken recipe

What is Korean Fried Chicken?

If you love Japanese fried chicken, you will definitely love Korean Fried Chicken.

Known as Yangneyom chicken (양념치킨), it is crispy on the outside, with tender and moist chicken pieces, smothered in sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce.

It is definitely finger-licking good fried chicken.

Korean fried chicken is also known as 'the other' KFC!

crispy Korean fried chicken recipe

How to Prepare Korean Fried Chicken?

I have listed in my Recipe card below, the list of ingredients and steps by steps on how to achieve those great juicy fried chicken.

1) Prepare the flour, salt and pepper.
I place them in a food-grade plastic bag.

how to prepare Korean fried chicken
2) Place chicken pieces in the bag.

Using a bag clip, close up the bag, and shake the bag to coat the chicken pieces.

chicken bite size for Korean fried chicken
3) Shake off the excess flour.

flour coated chicken wings for Korean fried chicken
4) Deep fry 

frying chicken wings
5) Till golden in colour.

twice fried chicken pieces for Korean fried chicken

Why is Korean Fried Chicken so crispy?

fried chicken drumsticks for Korean fried chicken
The open secret as to why these mouth-watering fried chicken pieces are so crispy is to double-fry them.

First fry then dish them out onto a plate, then fry them for the second time to get that crispiness!!

That is the secret!
No baking soda or baking powder was used in the flour mix.

Little note: We prefer to fry chicken wings than drumsticks.
Somehow chicken wings tasted better than drumsticks!

It's personal preference :D

Korean spicy chicken wings

What does Korean Fried Chicken taste like?

I have been saying this quite a lot in this post! It's the freshness of the chicken (since it is home-cooked)!
The added bonus is the delicious sweet and spicy sauce used to smother these morsels.

It is a unique taste, with every bite, you have crispy, tender chicken, then comes in a sweet and spicy explosion in your mouth!!!

Since it is home-cooked Korean Fried chicken, you can control the spice heat.

sweet and spicy korean fried chicken

Sweet and Spicy Sauce for Korean Fried Chicken

What is this sweet and spicy sauce?

You can also find the recipe in the recipe card below.

The base for my sauce is my homemade gochujang sauce and honey.
To reduce the heat, you might want to use less gochujang sauce. 
Perhaps start with 1/2 cup first.

How do I store the leftover Korean Fried Chicken?

If you are making these KFC, I can definitely say that there will be NONE left :p.

 But should there be some, just keep them in an air-tight container and place them in the fridge.

Please take NOTE
: these Korean Fried Chicken will not retain any crispiness left overnight.

More Korean Recipes

The gorgeous finger licking good Korean twice Fried Chicken recipe. It is spicy with a hint of sweetness, and it is sticky and crunchy. Frying it twice crisp the chicken on the outside and yet the inside is moist and bouncy.

The best Korean Fried Chicken ever!  Crispy twice fried chicken smothered with sweet and spicy sauce.

What I wrote on 22nd August 2014

Questions to all FoodBloggers out there?
Do you plan ahead what to cook for your next post? or you are just like me ~ cook whatever I feel like 'eating'!!!  And do you draw or map out a plan on how to present later? 
Want to know some truth??? I am hopeless in planning for photography sake!!! At times I get so inspired that I would my take time to 'dress up' the plate, the table, the whole set - 'full on' .... but most of the times... its just I nearly gave up on posting this post, when I saw what I captured SOOC (straight out of camera) shot!!!  What was I thinking!!! The photo of fried chickens (below), is the only photo I like and worthy to put up. Seriously... and I am NOT fishing for compliments!!! My kids would love if there were to be a 're do' I can almost guarantee that I'll get 2 big bear hugs, if I were to re do Korean Twice Fried Chicken!!! for they love fried chickens, something that their mom hardly cook in her kitchen!! but me... thinking of the cleaning afterwards, decided to make do with the photos I have. I can tell you what went wrong.... its the plate! the 'swirly' design was too distracting... Solution: play around with sliders (just the plate and background).... tone down saturation, sharpness and increase exposure slightly. Lesson learned!!!


  1. Mmmhhh, that chicken looks fantastic. What an original recipe!



  2. I haven't made any fried food in a long while...these look mouthwatering, Lisa.

  3. Well, some food bloggers coming visiting our blog would love to view all those beautiful food photos and some would be interested in the recipe. I think it doesnt matter the pic just plain with no decor surrounding as long as it is clear and sharp, right? Yes, I like your 2nd pic too....looks natural. No worries of the swirl plate lah.... love to try out this korean fried chicken too

    1. Totally agree with you, Mel...but sometimes I need to kick myself in the rear too :(

  4. wow this chicken looks amazing.. love that it's twice fried. i can imagine how good it would have tasted!

  5. my cik mek banana girl is currently into Kpop... nak makan pun kena cari Kfood. Coincidentally, she's been asking for this chicken after watching the Hairy Bikers makan kat Korea. She has to thank you for sharing this recipe... bertuah punya anak :)

    1. Awatla che mek banana kita minat sangat KPop ni ;P.

    2. your cik mek pun sama ka?
      Hahaha... tiap-tiap hari cheq kena dengaq lagu BTS, Exo, Shinee just to keep up with the kids... things we do for them!
      As far as I can remember, my mom tak mau dengaq pun lagu Duran Duran, Adam and the Ants...

  6. I hate frying once, let alone twice. One of the many reasons I never make regular fried chicken let alone Japanese karaage. Maybe I can bake the chicken and then stir fry it in the sauce. :) The gochujang marinated drumsticks I bbq'd were also a winner.