Korean Chicken Wings
Korean Chicken Wings
5 from 2 votes
Experience the rich, fiery flavours of Korean Chicken Wings right at home. This recipe's complexity will engage cooks of all levels, as it combines traditional Korean ingredients with a crispy, fried finish for an unforgettable taste sensation.
Korean Chicken Wings

Let’s talk about something seriously delicious today, something that’s going to tickle your taste buds and leave you craving more. Yes, you guessed it! We’re diving into the world of Korean Chicken Wings.

This fusion of flavours wrapped up in a deliciously crispy coating is not just food, it’s a culinary adventure!

Now, let’s start from the beginning. The beautiful country of South Korea, known for its rich history, culture, and, of course, its vibrant food scene, is the birthplace of this magnificent recipe.

These aren’t just any chicken wings. They’re a cultural embodiment, a dish that carries a piece of Korea’s heart and soul within each savoury, spicy bite.

In Korean cuisine, balance is a core principle. This principle, known as ‘Eumsik-dongwon,’ is reflected in the harmony of these wings’ crispiness, their spicy gochujang sauce, and their sweet honey undertone. You’ll find this delightful dish in street food stalls, local restaurants, and now, your very own kitchen.

Now, let’s talk about the giant elephant in the room, or should I say, the fiery chicken. Is this recipe difficult to make? Well, I’d say it’s as challenging as you want it to be.

A novice cook? You’ll find it a thrilling step up from your usual repertoire. A seasoned culinary maestro? Here’s a chance to flaunt your flair for flavour, perfecting a dish that embodies balance in every bite.

Let’s be clear. The goal here isn’t just to cook a dish but to create an experience. When you toss that chicken in its coat of flour mixed with spices, you’re not just preparing food; you’re about to craft a culinary masterpiece.

When you hear that sizzle as the wings hit the hot oil, remember, that’s not just a sound, it’s the start of a symphony!

Oh, and that sauce! With its sweet and spicy symphony of flavours, the gochujang sauce is where East meets West in a delectable dance. This is your chance to explore the harmony of contrasting flavours, experiment and make your own culinary statement.

You might ask, “Can I handle this?” Absolutely! I’m here to guide you every step of the way. And the best part? The rewarding first bite of your creation, is perfectly crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside, coated with the rich gochujang sauce.

So are you ready to take this exciting journey into the world of Korean Chicken Wings? It’s time to tie on that apron, gather your ingredients, and step into the world of Korean cuisine, where every meal is an adventure. Let’s bring the vibrant flavours of Korea right into your kitchen!

What Ingredients to Use & Why

The art of creating a delectable dish lies not just in the recipe itself, but in the symphony of ingredients that harmoniously come together to form it.

In this case, we are looking at the ever-popular Korean Chicken Wings, a dish that combines the crunch of perfectly fried chicken with the unctuous, spicy, and sweet flavours of Korean cuisine.

So, what goes into making this delightful culinary creation? Let’s delve into the individual ingredients to discover their roles and potential alternatives.

Chicken Wings: Chicken wings form the basis of my recipe. The tender, juicy meat and crispy skin make them ideal for frying and subsequently coating in my Korean-style sauce.

It’s hard to find a direct substitute for chicken wings, but if need be, chicken thighs could be used, keeping in mind that the cooking time and texture will vary.

Plain Flour: The flour serves as a crucial element in ensuring our wings get a crispy exterior. It creates a light and flaky crust, which not only adds texture but also aids in holding the sauce.

An alternative to plain flour could be corn-starch or rice flour, both of which are also known to give a crispy finish to fried foods.

Spices: These spices provide an initial layer of flavour to the wings before they’re even sauced. They can be adjusted to personal preference, and substitutions can be made.

For instance, smoked paprika could be used for an additional layer of smokiness, and chili powder could replace cayenne for a different heat profile.

Baking Powder: This might seem out of place in a chicken wing recipe, but it’s key to getting that ultra-crispy skin. It aids in drying out the skin of the wings, which in turn crisps up beautifully when fried. A good substitute would be cornstarch, which also helps absorb moisture.

Vegetable Oil: This is used for frying the wings. It’s a neutral oil, which doesn’t impart any additional flavour. Other options could be canola or sunflower oil, both of which have a high smoke point suitable for frying.

Gochujang Korean Chili Paste: This is the star ingredient in our sauce. Gochujang adds a unique combination of spice, sweetness, and umami that’s hard to replace. However, if you can’t find it, a mix of red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and a little sugar could mimic its flavours.

Honey and Soy Sauce: Honey provides a sweet counterbalance to the heat of the gochujang, while soy sauce adds a salty depth. Alternatives to honey could be maple syrup or brown sugar, and tamari or coconut aminos could stand in for soy sauce for a gluten-free option.

Rice Vinegar and Sesame Oil: Rice vinegar adds a tangy note, cutting through the rich flavours of the sauce. Sesame oil lends a unique, nutty aroma. White wine vinegar could replace rice vinegar, and while there’s no perfect substitute for sesame oil, a mild olive oil could be used in a pinch.

Garlic, and Ginger: These ingredients help to balance out the sauce. Garlic and ginger are common in Korean cuisine, adding a spicy, aromatic note.

Garnish (Sesame Seeds, Spring Onions): Finally, the garnishes. Sesame seeds give a nice crunch and aesthetic touch, while spring onions add a fresh, sharp contrast to the rich sauce. Other garnishes could include chopped cilantro for freshness or crushed peanuts for crunch.

Each ingredient in our Korean Chicken Wings recipe plays a vital role in creating a dish that is not only delicious to taste but also pleasing to the eye. Each ingredient works in harmony with the others to create a perfect balance of flavours and textures.

Finding the Perfect Substitute for Gochujang in Korean Chicken Wings

One of the main ingredients that gives Korean Chicken Wings their distinct flavour is Gochujang, a rich and spicy Korean chilli paste. But what if you can’t find Gochujang in your local grocery store, or you have dietary restrictions that don’t allow it?

Don’t fret – I’ve got some alternatives that will help you bring that authentic Korean flavour to your chicken wings.

You can swap out Gochujang for a mixture of red chilli flakes or powder with a touch of soy sauce. The soy sauce adds depth and umami that you’d typically get from Gochujang.

I’ve also had success with a mixture of Sriracha and a little bit of miso paste. The Sriracha delivers the heat, while the miso paste provides the fermented, slightly sweet flavour that makes Gochujang unique.

If you’re avoiding soy, a mixture of tomato paste, chilli flakes, and a touch of honey can also work in a pinch.

Remember, these alternatives won’t offer an exact match to the deep, spicy flavour of Gochujang, but they’ll still deliver a tasty punch to your Korean Chicken Wings.

You may even discover a new flavour combination that you prefer! The key is to taste as you go, adjusting the heat and sweetness to suit your palette.

While Gochujang brings a unique flavour to Korean chicken wings, it’s not the end-all, be-all. If you can’t find it or can’t use it, there are alternatives that can bring that delicious umami flavour and heat to your wings.

So don’t be discouraged if Gochujang isn’t an option for you – I assure you, delicious Korean Chicken Wings are still within your reach!

Adjusting the Spice Level in Your Korean Chicken Wings

Spice and heat – they’re part of what makes Korean Chicken Wings so wonderfully addictive. But we all have our limits when it comes to spice. Whether you want to dial up the heat or bring it down a notch, I’ve got some tricks for you.

Firstly, if you’re looking to ramp up the spiciness in your wings, there are several things you can do. Adding extra Gochujang to your sauce will certainly give your wings a hotter kick.

You can also add a sprinkle of extra cayenne pepper to your flour mixture or into the sauce. Alternatively, you could also garnish your wings with freshly sliced chilli peppers, giving you both heat and an appealing aesthetic touch.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to lessen the spice, it’s equally easy. Reduce the amount of Gochujang in your sauce.

Remember, Gochujang not only brings the heat but also a depth of flavour – so you might want to replace it with a little extra honey or soy sauce to keep your sauce flavourful. Reducing or omitting the cayenne pepper from your flour mixture can also help.

One thing I’ve learned from my years of cooking is that everyone’s spice tolerance is different. What I might find mildly spicy, you might find extremely hot. So, always taste as you go. Start with less spice than you think you might need – it’s always easier to add more heat later than it is to take it away.

Whether you love your wings hot and spicy, or mild and tangy, with these tips, you’ll be able to make your Korean Chicken Wings just the way you like them!

Baking Your Korean Chicken Wings for a Healthier Twist

It’s no secret that I adore Korean Chicken Wings, but I also recognize the health considerations that come with frying food. So, let me share with you an alternative method I’ve tried: baking. You can definitely get delicious, crispy wings without the extra oil.

Firstly, preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking tray with aluminium foil for easy clean-up. I like to place a wire rack on top of the tray to allow heat to circulate around the wings, resulting in a crispier texture.

The wings should be patted dry before coating with the flour mixture. This ensures maximum crispiness once baked. Following the recipe, coat the wings with the flour and spices, then place them on the wire rack. Remember to leave some space between each wing to ensure even baking.

Bake the wings for about 40-45 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and crispy. Be sure to turn the wings halfway through to ensure an even crispiness. Once done, toss them in the sauce, garnish, and serve. You’ll notice that your wings are just as delicious, without the extra oil from frying.

Keep in mind that baking takes a bit longer than frying, so adjust your preparation time accordingly. Additionally, every oven is different, so keep a close eye on the wings towards the end of the baking time to prevent them from burning.

Baking Korean Chicken Wings is a viable, healthier alternative to frying, without compromising on the taste and texture. By following these steps, you can enjoy your favourite dish knowing you’ve made a healthier choice. So next time you’re craving Korean Chicken Wings, consider giving baking a try!

Preparing Korean Chicken Wings in Advance: Storing and Reheating

Sometimes, I find myself craving Korean Chicken Wings, but I just don’t have the time to whip them up on the spot. Over time, I’ve discovered that these wings can indeed be prepared in advance and reheated with little to no compromise on taste and texture.

If you want to prepare the wings in advance, you can fry or bake the wings without the sauce. Once they’re cool, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

To reheat, if refrigerated, simply pop them in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. If frozen, let them thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

As for the sauce, you can also prepare it ahead of time. Once cooled, store it in a separate airtight container in the refrigerator. Just give it a quick stir before using it.

When you’re ready to serve the wings, heat the sauce, then toss the reheated wings in the sauce. Garnish as per the recipe and serve.

By preparing your Korean Chicken Wings in advance, you’re saving yourself time while still being able to enjoy your favourite dish at a moment’s notice. Just keep in mind to store the wings and sauce separately to keep the wings crispy.

With a bit of planning and these storage and reheating tips, you can enjoy your Korean Chicken Wings anytime you want, without the hassle of last-minute preparation. That’s what I call a win-win situation!

Adapting the Korean Chicken Wings Recipe to Different Chicken Parts

Chicken wings might be the traditional choice for this Korean dish, but I’m all about making recipes work for you, and sometimes, that means mixing things up a bit. In my kitchen experiments, I’ve found that you can use other parts of the chicken for this recipe and still achieve a scrumptious result.

Using chicken thighs is one alternative. Thighs are meaty and flavourful and can hold up well to the robust sauce. Plus, they’re often more economical than wings.

The key difference to remember is that thighs will take longer to cook than wings. Whether you’re frying or baking, be sure to adjust your cooking time accordingly. You’ll want to ensure the chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat.

Chicken drumsticks can also work well with this recipe. Like wings, they’re great for handheld eating, and their larger size can make for a more filling meal. Again, you’ll need to adjust the cooking times, as drumsticks are larger and denser than wings.

Chicken breasts can also be used, especially if you’re watching your calorie intake. They cook relatively quickly but beware, they can dry out if overcooked.

Don’t be confined to wings when it comes to this flavourful Korean dish. Whether you choose thighs, drumsticks, or breasts, you can still enjoy the sweet and spicy goodness of Korean Chicken Wings.

Remember to adjust cooking times accordingly, and above all, enjoy the process of making this dish your own!

Making the Sauce for Korean Chicken Wings Ahead of Time

In my kitchen, efficiency is just as important as the flavours I’m creating. That’s why I’m a huge fan of preparing components of my meals in advance. The sauce for Korean Chicken Wings is one such component that can be made ahead, and I’ll share with you how I do it.

The sauce for Korean Chicken Wings, full of robust flavours like gochujang, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, can easily be made a few days in advance. Simply follow the recipe instructions to prepare the sauce.

Once it’s done, let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. The sauce can be kept refrigerated for up to a week.

When you’re ready to serve your wings, reheat the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. You might need to add a bit of water to thin it out if it’s thickened in the fridge. Once the sauce is heated, you’re ready to toss your freshly cooked chicken wings in it.

Not only does this method save time on the day you’re serving your wings, but it also allows the flavours in the sauce to meld together over time, potentially resulting in an even tastier end product.

Making the sauce for your Korean Chicken Wings ahead of time is a time-saving move that doesn’t compromise on flavour. With a bit of planning, you can enjoy the vibrant, complex flavours of this dish even on your busiest days.

Ideal Side Dishes to Pair with Korean Chicken Wings

One of my favourite things about serving Korean Chicken Wings is figuring out the perfect side dishes to go along with them. The wings are sweet, spicy, and savoury all at once, which means they can be paired with a variety of sides to create a complete and satisfying meal.

A classic choice is white rice. It’s a staple in Korean cuisine, and its neutral flavour provides a wonderful balance to the robust flavours of the wings. Plus, it helps to mellow out the heat if you’ve gone heavy on the spice.

Kimchi, a traditional Korean fermented cabbage dish, is another great accompaniment. The tangy, slightly spicy flavour of kimchi complements the sweet and spicy chicken wings beautifully. It also adds a nice crunch that contrasts with the tender chicken.

For a lighter option, I like serving a simple cucumber salad. The freshness and crunch of the cucumbers offer a refreshing contrast to the rich wings. You can keep it simple with a dressing of rice vinegar, a touch of sugar, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Another side dish that goes well with Korean Chicken Wings is Japchae, a Korean stir-fried glass noodle dish. It’s savoury, slightly sweet, and full of different textures from the vegetables and noodles.

Pairing Korean Chicken Wings with the right side dishes can turn the dish from a snack or appetizer into a full, satisfying meal. Whether you prefer rice, kimchi, cucumber salad, or Japchae, the choice of side dishes can complement the wings and enhance your dining experience.

Adapting the Korean Chicken Wings Recipe for a Vegan/Vegetarian Diet

I firmly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the flavours of Korean Chicken Wings, even if you’re following a vegan or vegetarian diet. With a few modifications, you can prepare a plant-based version that rivals the original in flavour.

For the ‘wings’, I suggest using cauliflower florets. They’re hearty and have a satisfying bite to them when cooked. You can toss the florets in the same flour mixture as the original recipe and bake them until they’re crispy and golden.

The sauce will need some adaptations. Gochujang is typically vegan, but it’s always best to check the label to ensure there are no hidden animal products.

Replace the honey with maple syrup or another vegan sweetener of your choice. And instead of using traditional soy sauce, opt for a tamari to ensure it’s gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly.

Once your cauliflower ‘wings’ are baked and your sauce is prepared, toss the florets in the sauce just as you would with the chicken wings. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced spring onions, and voila! You’ve got a vegan version of Korean Chicken Wings.

The beauty of this recipe adaptation is that it still delivers the same sweet, spicy, and umami-packed flavours as the original.

Adapting the Korean Chicken Wings recipe for a vegan or vegetarian diet is not only possible but also incredibly delicious.

By using cauliflower as the star of the dish and making a few tweaks to the sauce, you can enjoy the fantastic flavours of this dish, regardless of your dietary preferences.

Adjusting the Spiciness Level in Korean Chicken Wings

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about cooking, it’s that taste is subjective, especially when it comes to spice levels. Some people, like me, absolutely love the heat, while others prefer a milder flavour.

The beauty of these Korean Chicken Wings is that you can easily adjust the spice level to suit your preferences.

The primary source of heat in the recipe is the gochujang, a Korean chilli paste. If you’re sensitive to spice, you might want to start by reducing the amount of gochujang used. Instead of the recommended four tablespoons, you might begin with two and adjust to taste.

On the other hand, if you can’t get enough of the spicy kick, feel free to increase the amount of gochujang. You could also add some extra cayenne pepper to the flour mixture for the chicken wings or even sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes into the sauce.

Always remember that you can add more spice, but it’s pretty challenging to take it away. If you’re unsure, start with less and add more until you reach your desired level of heat.

Adjusting the spiciness level in the Korean Chicken Wings recipe is as easy as adding more or less gochujang or cayenne pepper. By personalizing the spice level, you can ensure that this dish is enjoyable and tailor-made to your liking.

Whether you prefer a milder flavour or a fiery kick, this recipe can be adjusted to satisfy your taste buds.

Incorporating Korean Chicken Wings into a Balanced Diet

In my pursuit of maintaining a balanced diet, I’ve learned that it’s not about excluding certain foods, but rather about how you incorporate them. Even a dish like Korean Chicken Wings, which is undoubtedly indulgent, can have a place in a balanced diet.

The key to incorporating Korean Chicken Wings into a balanced diet is portion control. Having a couple of wings alongside a variety of vegetables and grains can create a well-rounded meal.

For example, serving the wings with a side of steamed broccoli and brown rice makes for a meal that contains protein, carbs, and plenty of nutrients.

Making some adjustments to the cooking method can also make a difference. Baking the wings instead of frying them can significantly reduce the amount of oil in the dish. You can also tweak the sauce, perhaps reducing the amount of honey if you’re watching your sugar intake.

Moreover, remember that balance doesn’t have to be achieved in every meal but rather over time. It’s perfectly okay to enjoy a few extra wings on one day, as long as you’re maintaining a balanced intake over the week.

Incorporating Korean Chicken Wings into a balanced diet is entirely possible and mainly comes down to portion control, making minor adjustments to the recipe, and maintaining a balanced diet over time.

With these strategies, you can enjoy these delectable wings while still keeping your eating habits healthy and balanced.

Check Out These Other Recipes

I can’t help but indulge myself in exploring the myriad of ways one can jazz up this delectable dish. If you relished my Korean chicken wings recipe, trust me, your journey of exploring palatable chicken wing dishes is only beginning.

First up, the Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings recipe is an absolute must-try. With the fiery kick of Sriracha sauce and the perfect crunch on the outside, these wings are a pure delight.

Imagine biting into a juicy piece of chicken doused in a spicy sauce with the right balance of heat and sweetness. Mmm, mouth-watering, isn’t it?

Next, I wholeheartedly recommend the Baked Chicken Wings. If you’re like me, preferring to keep an eye on your calorie intake without compromising on flavour, these are for you.

I promise they are just as juicy and flavoursome as their fried counterparts, thanks to a secret spice blend I’ve included in the recipe.

And who can resist the tempting Turkish Chicken Wings? Succulent chicken wings are marinated in Turkish-inspired spices and baked to perfection. Every bite is a whirlwind of exotic flavours that leave you craving for more. I can already smell the delicious aroma of spices wafting from the oven.

Now, if you’re a fan of all things spicy, then the Spicy Chicken Wings is a recipe you won’t want to miss. It’s got a kick that’ll set your taste buds ablaze in the most delightful way. Fair warning, they’re not for the faint of heart!

Lastly, allow me to introduce the Chicken Tikka Wings. If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, these are for you. They’re marinated in yoghurt and aromatic spices and then baked until crispy. Believe me when I say, these are a heavenly twist on your traditional chicken wing.

Excited to try these out? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Remember, cooking is an adventure meant to be shared. So don’t forget to leave your feedback in the comments section. And remember, as always, to enjoy each mouthful and savour the journey.

Korean Chicken Wings

Korean Chicken Wings

by Nabeela Kauser
Experience the rich, fiery flavours of Korean Chicken Wings right at home. This recipe's complexity will engage cooks of all levels, as it combines traditional Korean ingredients with a crispy, fried finish for an unforgettable taste sensation.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4
Calories 556 kcal


For the Wings:

  • 1 kg Chicken Wings
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Vegetable Oil For frying

For The Sauce:

  • 4 tbsp Gochujang Korean chili paste
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Grated
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds Garnish
  • 2 Spring Onions Garnish


  • Start by combining the flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly, then add the chicken wings to the bowl and coat them evenly with the flour mixture.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan to 170°C.
  • Add the chicken wings to the pan and fry for around 10-12 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Once done, take the chicken wings out of the pan and place them on a paper towel to eliminate excess oil.
  • In a separate saucepan, mix gochujang, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and water.
  • Cook the sauce over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until it thickens slightly.
  • Toss the fried chicken wings in the sauce until they are evenly coated, in a large mixing bowl.
  • Serve the chicken wings on a platter and garnish them with sesame seeds and sliced spring onions.


If you desire extra crispiness in the chicken wings, you can double-fry them by frying them for 5 minutes, letting them cool for a few minutes, and then frying them again for an additional 5-7 minutes until they turn golden brown and crispy.
You can adjust the level of spiciness in the recipe by altering the amount of cayenne pepper and gochujang used.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 31gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1244mgPotassium: 402mgFibre: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 435IUVitamin C: 8mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 76mgIron: 4mg
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