Korean Fried Chicken, Yangnyeom Tongdak
|1||Pre-cut Whole Chicken (about 1 kg) 자른 닭 (about 2.2 lb or your favorite cut of chicken)|
|½ cup||Vegetable Oil 식용유|
For coat mix
|½ cup||Sweet rice flour 찹쌀가루(or all purpose flour)|
|½ cup||Potato Starch 감자 전분|
|½ tsp||Baking powder 베이킹파우더|
For seasoning chicken
|1 tsp||Salt 소금|
|½ tsp||Black Pepper 후추|
|1 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (or white wine)|
|2 tbs||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
For making sauce
|6 tbs||Gochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장|
|¼ cup||Brown Sugar 흑설탕 (can use white sugar or other sweetners)|
|6 tbs||Ketchup 케첩|
|2 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (or white wine)|
|6 tbs||Mul Yeot / Malt (Maltose) Syrup 물엿|
|2 tbs||Chopped onion 다진양파|
|1 tbs||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
|1 tbs||Vegetable Oil 식용유|
|1 tsp||Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장|
|2 tbs||Strawberry Jam 딸기잼 (optional, add 2 more tbs of brown sugar instead)|
|2 cups||Milk 우유 (Optional)|
|3 tbs||Chopped peanuts 다진 땅콩 (or your favorite nut)|
Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
For batter You can use Twi-gim-ga-ru (Korean frying powder 튀김가루) instead of rice flour and potato starch for crispier texture.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Soak chicken (optional)
Soak about 2.2 lb of pre-cut chicken in milk for 20 min. This helps remove gamey smell but it is optional. If the chicken pieces are too big, cut into smaller sized pieces (2-3 bite size). Traditionally the skin is left on but you can remove it if you don’t like it.
Soak in milk
2. Season chicken
Wash the chicken (optional) and drain. If you wash the chicken, thoroughly clean the sink and the surrounding area afterwards with soap to prevent contamination from raw chicken. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of rice wine and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic. Mix gently and marinate for 30 minutes.
Wash and drain
Marinate 30 min
3. Preheat vegetable oil
Preheat vegetable oil in a pot or in a deep-fryer for deep-frying (350 °F or 180 °C). The amount of oil depends on what kind of pot you use and how much meat you are frying. There should be enough oil for a few pieces of chicken to be completely immersed when frying.
Preheat High Heat
350 °F or 180 °C
4. Make sauce
Mix 6 tablespoons of gochujang (hot pepper paste), 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, 6 tablespoons of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of rice wine, 6 tablespoons of malt syrup, 2 tablespoons of chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam in a bowl. Set aside.
5. Coat chicken
Mix ½ cup of sweet rice flour, ½ cup of potato starch and ½ tsp of baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add chicken and mix well by hand until all the chicken pieces are evenly covered with the powder mix.
Mix well until evenly coated
Add the chicken to the pre-heated oil one by one and deep-fry for about 10 minutes until golden To see if the oil is ready, you can drop in a small piece. If it floats to the surface in a couple of seconds, it’s hot enough. Don’t deep-fry too many at once. It will lower the temperature of the oil and the meat will take longer to cook and become greasier. Leave the fried chicken on a flat strainer or paper towel for at least 5-10 minutes to drain fat.
on strainer or paper towel
7. Deep-fry again
Deep-fry once again for about 30 seconds to 1 min or until golden brown. For chicken, make sure it’s cooked all the way until there is no pink color inside. It can make you sick. Drain fat again on a strainer or paper towel for a couple of minutes.
8. Chop peanuts
Coarsely chop or grind peanuts (or your favorite nuts).
9. Cook sauce
Add the sauce mix in a non-stick pan and simmer it on low heat for about 5 minutes or until it starts to boil.
10. Coat chicken with sauce
Add the fried chicken to the sauce and quickly mix. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of chopped peanuts.
Turn off heat
Serve hot on a plate. Enjoy!