Korean Barbecue Wings

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Heat oil filled half way in a deep, heavy, 4-quart pot to 300 degrees (test with an oil thermometer).

Mix the water with 1 cup of the rice flour and whisk vigorously. Add the salt and pepper and set aside. Take the remaining ½ cup of rice flour and coat the chicken wings evenly. Coat the wings thoroughly in the water and rice flour mixture. Carefully place the wings into the hot oil using metal tongs. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the wings and drain on a cooking rack over paper towels and let sit for 1 hour.

Increase the oil heat to 350 degrees. Re-coat the chicken wings in flour and water mixture and fry for 5 minutes until super crispy. Put wings into a large mixing bowl and toss with 1 cup of sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced scallion to garnish.

Korean BBQ Chicken

June is glorious, as it marks the beginning of summer, and everyone can&rsquot wait to spend some time outdoor, fire up their grill, invite friends and family over for summer BBQ parties.

Drinking, eating, having conversations, enjoy the great outdoor living and nice, warm weather.

I, for one, can&rsquot wait to try out a series of summer recipes that I have in mind, and more importantly, I can&rsquot wait to share the recipes with you.

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There is no need to deep-fry the wings in this spicy Korean chicken wings recipe. In fact, the active time of this recipe is only 10 minutes and the oven does all the work.

First you season the chicken wings with salt and pepper, then you bake them. While the oven is doing its magic, you mix together the sauce.

When the wings are all nice and crispy, toss them with the sauce, and you have the most amazing and delicious chicken wings appetizer that everyone loves.

This recipe is adapted from Food and Wine and the original name of these wings is Chicken Wings with Angry Sauce.

It&rsquos aptly named as the they are reddish in appearance and spicy. Make a big batch of the wings when you are watching your games. Invite your friends over and hve some wings and beer. Enjoy!

Smoked Korean Chicken Wings (Recipe)

If you haven’t made many Korean or Chinese dishes before then you might be struck by the sheer number of ingredients needed for the sauce, particularly as a few of them are very specific to Asian cuisine.

I encourage you to try your best to get them as best as possible from your nearest Asian supermarket or online (I’ll include some handy Amazon links below).

There are substitutes or alternatives available, but in the case of Korean wings I recommend getting as close to the real deal as possible.

If you don’t have a charcoal grill then I can’t recommend getting one highly enough. They’re nowhere near as expensive as you might think, and even the Weber Kettle (a classic charcoal grill) can be bought at a very fair price on Amazon.

When you set up your grill, remember to set it up for indirect grilling. In short, this is where your coals sit under one half of your grill surface and place your food on the other half.

This’ll help effectively turn into your grill chamber into an oven, and prevent the fire from searing your food. I have a guide on how to set up for indirect grilling here.

Korean BBQ Grilled Wings

If you are looking for a a great wing recipe that is easy to make, give these Korean BBQ wings a try! This grilled chicken wing marinade is a super easy recipe and is finger-lickin’ good!

We love wings! But I don’t love making a mess of my kitchen when I’m craving them.

A while back, I discovered Tyson Grilling Wings (remember my Sweet & Spicy wings?) and I fell in love! They are so each to make. They go from the freeze to the grill and are done in no time.

There’s no greasy mess or a kitchen full of dishes to clean.

I was playing around with different grilled chicken wing marinades. I love the flavor of Korean food (remember my Bulgogi recipe?) so I thought I would come up with a Korean inspired sauce.

There is so much flavor in this sauce. It’s sweet and salty and spicy and sticky. Everything I love in a wing sauce!

Recipe Summary

  • ¼ cup hot honey (such as Mike's Hot Honey®)
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onions (green part only)
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Combine hot honey, gochujang, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, and black pepper in a saucepan. Bring sauce to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add green onions and stir.

Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place wings in a large bowl and toss with salt, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. Add cornstarch and toss wings until fully coated. Shake each wing and place in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching cook in batches if necessary.

Fry in the preheated air fryer for 10 minutes, shake basket, and fry an additional 10 minutes. Flip wings over and fry until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear, 7 to 8 more minutes.

Dip each wing in the sauce and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha®) (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Stir soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, rice wine vinegar, chile-garlic sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and black pepper together in a saucepan bring to a boil.

Whisk cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until the cornstarch dissolves pour into boiling soy sauce mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the sauce is thick, 3 to 5 minutes.

Korean Barbecue Wings

"Fusion" is not always the buzz word you want to hear when talking about chicken wings, but this recipe gives the word a delicious reason to exist. With a sauce made from Korean red pepper paste and bacon drippings, these wings are a "fusion" worth trying.


1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Andy Choi's Wing Sauce (recipe below)

Toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions to garnish Andy Choi's Wing Sauce

1 cup Gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)

1/2 cup rendered bacon fat or drippings

1/2 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar


Puree all wing sauce ingredients together in a blender until they form a smooth, thick liquid. Heat oil to 300 degrees in a deep, heavy, four-quart pot (test with an oil thermometer). Don't fill pot more than halfway with oil.

Mix water with one cup of rice flour and whisk vigorously. Add salt and pepper and set aside. Take the remaining 1/2 cup of rice flour and coat the chicken wings evenly. Coat wings thoroughly in the water and rice flour mixture. Carefully place wings into the hot oil using metal tongs. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove wings and drain on a cooking rack over paper towels and let sit for 1 hour.

Increase oil heat to 350 degrees. Re-coat the chicken wings in flour and water mixture and fry for 5 minutes until super crispy. Put wings into a large mixing bowl and toss with one cup of sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced scallion to garnish.

Crispy and crunchy fried chicken

Hi everybody! Today I’m going to show you how to make dakgangjeong, a crispy and crunchy Korean fried chicken.

Many of you probably know that I posted it once already, years ago, but the version I’m showing you today is a little easier than the last one, and will be faster to make: I don’t mix a batter, I just coat the chicken in potato starch powder. I also skipped the ginger slices so we can cook the sauce faster.

In this recipe, both the peanuts and the chilis are optional.

Both versions are delicious in their own way, and both of them are authentically Korean, they’re just two ways of making the same dish, kind of like there are many ways to make pizza. Take this chicken to a party and everyone will give you compliment. “Whoo ah

this crispy chicken is crunchy crunchy like candy!”

If you love fried chicken, I strongly advise you to try this recipe, my recipe for dakgangjeong with ginger slices (including a vegetarian version), and my yangnyeom-tongdak recipe which has been incredibly popular on YouTube! You’ll love all of them. And all Korean fried chicken should be enjoyed with pickled radishes!


  1. Mix chicken with seasonings and cover in starch.
  2. Fry in hot oil for 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Shake off, let sit, then fry for another 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Coat in seasoning sauce.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds over top and serve immediately.


  • 3½ pounds chicken wings (about 1.6 kg), washed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2/3 cup potato starch or corn starch
  • ⅓ cup peanuts (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 to 4 large dried red chili peppers, seeded, cut crosswise into ⅓ inch pieces (optional)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice syrup or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil, peanut oil)


  1. Cut off the tip of each wing and chop the wing in half. After this is done you should have about 3 pounds of chicken, with 24 to 26 pieces.
  2. Put the chicken in a bowl and mix with salt, ginger, and ground black pepper by hand.
  3. Put 2/3 cup potato starch in a bowl and dip each wing in the powder to coat it, one by one. Squeeze each wing to press the coating to it tightly.

Make the sweet, spicy, and sticky sauce:

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons cooking oil, minced garlic, and the dried red chili pepper.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon until fragrant for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add soy sauce, rice syrup, vinegar, and mustard sauce (optional). Stir with a wooden spoon and let it bubble for a few minutes.
  4. Add the brown sugar and continue stirring. Remove from the heat. Set aside.

Throw a Korean-Style BBQ Party at Home

Korean barbeque is a shared experience. Here's how to create the communal Korean BBQ experience at home!

Korean BBQ is more than just cooking a hunk of meat over flame. It&aposs a culture, an experience shared with friends and family around a table-top grill with slices and chunks of meat, small flavor-packed sides, vessels to wrap your meat and small sides in, sauces to flavor these handheld wraps, plenty of delicious sips, and even more chatter and laughter. Let&aposs dive into the particulars required to make a Korean BBQ Party at home!

The Origins of Trendy KBBQ

The concept of Korean barbecue is relatively new. In the early 1970s, Koreans who immigrated to the States discovered that their culinary flavors complemented the copious amounts of chicken, pork, and steak in the American diet. The result was Korean BBQ, or "KBBQ," a marriage of Korean spices, sauces, and marinades with all manner of barbecued meats, served in a classic Korean way, but more on that to come. 

These days Korean BBQ is ubiquitous in cities like Los Angeles and New York City, where each metropolis boasts a Koreatown—LA&aposs is affectionately known as "K-Town" and NYC&aposs is nicknamed "Korea Way." City-goers flock to these Korean hubs to get their fix with a big group of friends around an authentic Korean table with a built-in grill. And the secret is out about this unique, delicious, and fun experience, which is why it&aposs trending across the country. 

So, here&aposs where you might be thinking: But I don&apost have a Korean BBQ joint in my town and I definitely don&apost have a table with a built-in grill. Not to worry. Here&aposs how to create this communal experience at home!

What You’ll Need for Your Korean Barbeque

If you&aposre looking to recreate that restaurant experience, get a portable cooktop or portable Korean grill to place in the center of your table. Then grab a nice sizable cast-iron skillet. Keep in mind that the KBBQ experience is not a black-tie affair it&aposs hardly even business-casual. You&aposre going to be surrounding a hot flame sizzling with the smells of smoke and meat, and eating sauce- and topping-laden bites with your hands. So wear a t-shirt and jeans—get comfortable. This is a laid-back, immersive experience meant for friends and family. 

This smoky, meaty affair can get pretty smoky-and-meaty smelling, so you might want to consider ventilation with added fans or open windows—or take the whole affair al fresco. If you&aposre cooking outside on the grill, you can go with gas or a flat-top, but charcoal does imbue the meat with great smoky flavor.

Next you&aposll need a pair of tongs for flipping the sizzling meat, as well as a pair of scissors for cutting the crispy-tender strips of meat into bite-sized morsels, which is also a good way to gauge whether the meat is done by checking the center for pinkness. Now you might be thinking, Scissors? But you&aposll see why all KBBQ tables feature this ingenious tool. You simply lift up the meat with the tongs and snip it into bite-sized pieces that fall onto the grill to crisp up𠅊ll of the legit KBBQ masters wield scissors.

Meat for the Grill

With Korean BBQ, you can barbecue steak, pork, chicken, duck, and even seafood and veggies𠅎ither marinated or unmarinated. Among the most popular meats are the marinated short ribs (kalbi), marinated beef (bulgogi), unmarinated pork belly (sam gyeob sal), paper-thin beautifully marbled brisket, spicy pork (dwaeji bulgogi). A day to a few hours before the gathering, prepare your marinade and let the meats marinate for the allotted time. Some meats require a little pruning and slicing, so you can be doing that or you can opt to have your butcher take care of that in advance. And you&aposll benefit from the extra time, as you&aposll have some seriously fun sides to prepare.

Korean Fried Chicken Wings from America's Test Kitchen

"Korean flavors are new to some of us," said Bridget Lancaster, a co-host of America's Test Kitchen on public television. "These are spicy but not too spicy. You can make them with the sauce and without. They're amazing, and nice for tailgating."

Korean Fried Chicken Wings
4-6 main dish servings

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon garlic, minced to a paste

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

13/4 cups water, divided use

2-3 tablespoons gochujang sauce (see Cook's notes)

3 pounds chicken wings, cut at joints, wingtips discarded

Cook's notes: Gochujang is a spicy miso sauce used in Korean cooking. Find it in Asian or other food specialty stores such as Whole Foods. For more on gochujang, check The KItchn website.

Make sauce: Combine sesame oil, garlic, and ginger in large bowl and microwave until mixture is bubbly and garlic and ginger are fragrant but not browned, 40 to 60 seconds. Whisk in 1/4 cup water, sugar, gochujang, and soy sauce until smooth set aside.

Set up fryer: Add oil to large Dutch oven until it measures about 11/2 inches deep and heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. While oil heats, whisk flour, cornstarch, and remaining 11/2 cups water in second large bowl until smooth. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

Fry: Place half of wings in batter and stir to coat. Using tongs, remove wings from batter one at a time, allowing any excess batter to drip back into bowl, and add to hot oil. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent wings from sticking, until coating is light golden and beginning to crisp, about 7 minutes. (Oil temperature will drop sharply after adding wings.) Transfer wings to prepared rack. Return oil to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining wings. Reduce heat to medium while letting second batch of wings rest for 5 minutes.

Re-fry: Heat oil to 375 degrees. Carefully return all wings to oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown and very crispy, about 7 minutes. Return wings to rack and let stand for 2 minutes.

Serve: Transfer wings to reserved sauce and toss until coated. Return wings to rack and let stand for 2 minutes to allow coating to set. Transfer to platter and serve.

Source: Adapted from America's Test Kitchen.