Korean fried chicken wings

Prep 15 min
Total 1 hour 10 min
Plus 30 minutes chilling time
Serves 8 to 10

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Ingredients

1.5 kg
chicken wings, and drumettes, separated with tips intact
1 1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1 1/4 tsp
3/4 cup
all-purpose flour
scant 1/2 cup
1/4 cup
rice flour
1 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
gochugaru, (Korean hot pepper flakes)
2
eggs, whisked
oil, for deep-frying

Sauce

1 tbsp
3
garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup
1/3 cup
white corn syrup
1/4 cup
2 tbsp
cider vinegar

Instructions

  • PLACE chicken pieces in an extra-large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Refrigerate for 30 min.
  • SAUCE: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 sec. Stir in ketchup, corn syrup, gochujang and vinegar. Cook until bubbly. Remove from heat.
  • POUR enough oil into a large heavy-bottomed pot, preferably a dutch oven, to reach 1 1/2 in. up the sides. Clip a deep-fry thermometer to side of pot and heat over medium to reach 350F. .
  • WHISK flour, potato starch, rice flour, baking soda and gochukaru in a bowl. Sprinkle flour mixture over chicken and rub mixture chicken into all crevices.
  • WHISK eggs and water in a bowl and pour over chicken. Toss immediately with 2 large spoons, stirring and tossing until all flour mixture is absorbed into chicken (you want to see craggly bits). Transfer to a baking sheet and separate pieces.
  • PREHEAT oven to 250F. Place a baking sheet on centre rack. Add chicken to oil-filled pot, 8 to 10 pieces at a time. Fry, turning, until golden and crispy, about 4 min. Drain on a rack placed over a baking tray. Fry again until dark brown and very crispy, 5 to 7 min. Transfer chicken to rack and sprinkle with salt. Place on baking sheet in oven to keep warm.
  • DRIZZLE some of the hot gochujang sauce on chicken, in batches, in a large bowl and toss lightly to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and repeat with remaining chicken and sauce.

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Issue: June 2017

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