Korean fried chicken

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PREP TIME

20 min

TOTAL TIME

1 h 20 min

Serves

8 to 10

* PLUS 30 minutes chilling time
Korean fried chicken

Photo, Erik Putz.


Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg chicken , cut into 16 to 18 pieces with backbone (see tip)
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt , plus more for finishing (optional)
  • 1 1/4 tsp pepper
  • oil , for deep-frying
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • scant 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp gochugaru , (Korean hot pepper flakes)
  • 2 eggs , whisked
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup gochujang paste
  • 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 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. Use any flour mixture at bottom of bowl to sprinkle over moist areas of chicken.
  • PREHEAT oven to 250F. Place a baking sheet on centre rack. Add chicken to oil-filled pot, 4 to 5 pieces at a time. Fry, turning, until golden and crispy, about 5 min. Drain on a rack placed over a baking tray. Fry again until dark brown and very crispy, 9 to 10 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 to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and repeat with remaining chicken and sauce.

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Kitchen How-To: To cut a whole chicken into pieces, lay chicken breast-side up on a cutting board. Cut between breasts and thighs. For each leg, cut through the drumstick joint and cut the thigh into 2 pieces, producing 3 pieces. Cut between breasts and drumettes. For each drumette, cut through the wing joint, producing 2 pieces. Cut downward through rib cage and shoulder joints to separate breasts from back. With breasts skin-side down, split centre bone and cut through meat, then cut each breast into 3 pieces crosswise, through the bone, for a total of 6 breast pieces. You should have 16 to 18 pieces of chicken.

Kitchen Tip: Use a heavy chef’s knife or cleaver to cut through the chicken bones.

Kitchen Tip: Save the neck and leftover back parts for stock. Cover with cold water and simmer for 1 hr for a delicious chicken stock.

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