korean fried chicken wings with gochujang drizzle

Korean chicken wings. Crispy Korean fried chicken wings with gochujang drizzle. Seriously delicious stuff. For when you want to impress.

Korean fried chicken wings are crazy delicious

This is the kind of stuff I dream about. Korean fried chicken wings are so crispy they are loud when you bite into them. Loud. That’s music to my ears.

These ultra-crispy Korean chicken wings will the a smash hit at any party.

These wings are way better than most restaurants make. This is what would happen if good restaurants served Korean chicken wings. The coating is ultra-crispy. The chicken super tender.

The sauce sweet and salty and spicy. I actually surprised myself the first time I made them. I’m going way out there on this one. I know. But they are that good. Crazy good.

And the beautiful thing about these Korean fried chicken wings is they are pre-cooked before they ever hit the deep fryer. No worrying that they are done. How? Sous-vide. That’s how.



Ultra-crispy make ahead chicken wings with Korean BBQ sauce.


Sous vide for perfectly cooked wings every time

This is one of those annoying blog posts where the author tells you get this piece of equipment if you want to make this. I’m a bit embarrassed to be writing it actually.

But here goes. Get a sous vide machine. Just do it. It’s time…

They have come way down in price. You can get one for around a hundred bucks. And they put you on an even footing with restaurant kitchens.

It’s a secret weapon restaurants have been using for years. Now you can have it too. It’s a handy little tool to have around.

Sous vide lets you cook perfectly. Every time.  You can cook your steaks exactly right. Every time. You can make perfect Korean fried chicken. Every time. Getting it?

Restaurants need to get it right every time. Now you can do the same. Every time. That’s the wonderful thing about it. Consistency.

Deep fry for shatteringly crispy

The great thing about this recipe is the chicken is cooked before you start deep frying. No worrying about whether the chicken is done here. It’s done when it come out of the sous vide.

The frying is all about creating crunch and colour. Three minutes per batch. No waiting. Perfect for parties.

And once you get it down it doesn’t just need to Korean chicken wings. You can take these almost anywhere you want. Teriyaki. Sweet Thai red chili. Anything asian inspired with a bit of sugar will work.

Korean fried chicken wings with gochujang drizzle. Easy. Final cook of 3 minutes. Perfect for parties. Wow your friends.

Closeup of korean chicken wings.
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korean chicken wings with gochujang drizzle

These Korean chicken wings are ultra-crispy, super-tender wings with a spicy Korean dipping sauce. The best thing - they are absolutely foolproof and take only minutes for the final fry before serving.
Course starter
Cuisine korea
Keyword korean fried chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 881kcal
Author glebe kitchen


The chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken wings cut into pieces, tips discarded
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • oil for deep frying

The Korean BBQ sauce

  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang
  • 1 Tbsp soy
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp sugar


Sous vide the wings

  • Vacuum seal the wings.
  • Cook, sous vide, for 2 1/2 hours at 144F.
  • Remove from the water bath.

Make the gochujang drizzle

  • Combine the rice vinegar, mirin, gochujang, soy, sesame oil, black pepper and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring to combine. Let cool.

Fry the wings

  • Heat one inch of vegetable oil in a wok or cast iron pan. Alternately prepare your deep fryer. The target temperature is 375F but anywhere between 350F and 400F is OK. The chicken is already cooked. This is all about crisping up the skin.
  • Thoroughly combine the flour, corn starch, salt and baking soda.
  • Remove wings from the vacuum pack and toss with flour mixture. Place coated chicken wings on a wire rack while the oil heats.
  • Fry the chicken wings in batches. If you are brave, just slip the chicken into the oil with your hands. If you aren't brave, use tongs. Tongs are more cumbersome but they works fine.
  • Fry the chicken to colour them. They are already cooked. The frying is all about getting the coating right. That's the beauty of this recipe. It takes about 3 minutes for them to colour up nicely.
  • Remove wings from oil with a slotted spoon. Drizzle with gochujang sauce and serve hot and crispy.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 881kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 3209mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 4.1mg


25 thoughts on “korean fried chicken wings with gochujang drizzle”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Romain, this was very good. An excellent idea to use sous vide for the purpose of getting perfectly done fried chicken wings. I had some problems getting the flour to stick, though (maybe because I had to use gluten free flour). I ended up dipping the chicken in an scrambled egg before dipping in the flour. A bit brute force, but it worked well enough. Also, I couldn’t resist adding a few table spoons of Gochugaru to the flour. It gave the chicken a nice red colour!

    • I’ve never used gluten free flour so I have no ideas on that front but I love the idea of gochugaru in the flour. Yum!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Alton Brown suggests thay the wings be steamed for ten minutes to get rid of some of the fat. Pat dry and refrigerate on a rack. Then bake or deep fry as usual. Most Korean wing recipes I’ve seen use cornstarch in the batter – it makes wings crispier..

    • Jean – If you don’t have a sous vide that sounds like a great way to go. Alton Brown is a smart guy. I imagine the steaming process would not just get rid of some of the fat but also pre-cook the chicken some. Different ways to get to the same place. Thanks for the tip!

    • It would be good anywhere you would normally use BBQ sauce although you have to use less as it’s spicy. I have a Korean grocery store near me so I’ve never had any trouble finding gochujang. It’s starting to show up in food publications more and more so it’s becoming more common.

  3. Yesss sous-vide! I watch a lot of Food Network competition shows and they always use the sous-vide machine when they need to inject tons of flavor into meat in a short amount of time. I’ve been considering getting one and after reading your post, I’m even more tempted! I do have a birthday coming up soon… Anyway, great recipe and awesome pictures, as usual! You’re making me hungry! 😉

    • Alyssa, go for it. They are such a handy toy in the kitchen. Not right for everything but when they are right sous-vide is so right.

  4. 5 stars
    Sold! Perfect cooking every time? Yes, please! Thanks for the great recommendation on the sous vide and for an excellent recipe. Chicken wings are one of my top favorite foods!

    • Chicken wings are right at the top of my list too. The sous vide technique lets you just focus on getting the coating done just right without having to worry about whether the chicken is cooked through. I love my Anova immersion circulator and it takes up almost no space in the kitchen.

  5. These look sooo good. I prefer crispier wings with just the right amount of sauce, instead of those super messy ones. I don’t have equipment to sous vide – do you think I can get away with baking the chicken wings ahead of time and then frying to crisp?

    • I really don’t know if it would work baking them first. I’ve never tried. I don’t think you can rely on baking to ensure food safety like you can with sous vide so you probably be safest to cook them until just barely done and then proceed with the coating and frying step. I’d be very interested to hear how that works if you do try…

    • Thank you! The gochujang used in the sauce is a pretty spicy Korean condiment. If you don’t like spicy, roll it back a bit or try a different sauce. The real gee whiz of this recipe is the sous vide and coating.

    • Thanks very much Karly. They are great to make ahead and just fry when it’s time to serve. Make a fine mid-morning snack:-)

  6. I was debating if i wanted a sous vide for Christmas, but unfortunately I opted for a Kitchenaid mixer but I wanted the meat grinder and a sausage maker attachments really badly. Now I’m wondering if I should have got the sous vide, since chicken wings are my ultimate fave snacky foods! These wings look SOOOO crispy and amazing. I love the sweetness from the gochujang you used as a drizzle! Deep frying FTW! haha 🙂

    • Joyce – when’s your birthday? I use my sous vide almost as much as my kitchen-aid. It doesn’t stop at chicken wings though. Think perfect fried chicken every time. Perfect steaks. It’s a whole wonderful new world of cooking.

    • Anova? I’ll look into this! Partially because I’m very limited in space in the kitchen, so a low space option is good. 🙂 and my birthday is the week following Christmas! Pahaha! But I’m seriously contemplating now. Steaks was my only reason for buying it but if I can do many things with it I will be a very happy duck. For the steak, would I need to sous vide it? I usually do a 2 min crazy hot sear per side, since I like the steaks almost blue. Sous vide! After I get my moon cake molds! 😀

    • I have a sous vide steak post coming up in a few weeks. It works really well. Perfect steaks every time. Confit of duck is another good one. I have a post on sous vide carnitas from a while back. There’s lots you can do with them.

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