Being American I have always loved fried chicken. Korean Fried Chicken, the better KFC, has been gaining wide popularity in its many forms. The difference is in the very thin crisp skin. The spicy sauce can either be drizzled on top or kept on the side. As a kid, I used to just eat the skin off fried chicken - it’s the best part! My version has the thinnest crispiest crust ever.  


  • Pre-Coating

  • ¼ cup (32 grams) cornstarch or corn flour

  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 10 grinds black pepper

  • 2 chicken drumsticks, 2 thighs and 4 wings (with tips) (bone in, skin on)

  • Batter

  • ½ cup (70 grams) cornstarch or corn flour

  • ¼ cup (34 grams) fine matzo meal

  • ¼ cup (35 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons Korean chili flakes (gochugaru)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt or sea salt

  • 2 ½ teaspoons garlic granules

  • 2 ½ teaspoons onion granules

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup (237 grams) water

  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) vodka

  • 2 tablespoons Korean chili paste (gochujang)

  • Korean BBQ Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Korean chili paste (gochujang)

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 packed tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger, about a 2-inch piece

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • Picked Radish Cubes

  • ½ cup (113 grams) rice vinegar

  • ½ cup (113 grams) water

  • ½ cup (113 grams) superfine sugar or caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt

  • 1 pound (about 500 grams) daikon radish, cut into ½-inch cubes


  • 1.

    Make the Pre-coating: In a large bowl whisk together the first 4 ingredients. Add the chicken and toss well until evenly coated in all areas. 

  • 2.

    Transfer chicken to a rack, shaking the chicken well to get rid of any excess coating. Let rest uncovered for one hour.

  • 3.

    Pour enough oil into a 6-quart Dutch oven to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat oil over medium-high heat until a deep fry thermometer reads 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius.

  • 4.

    Make the Batter:  In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. 

  • 5.

    Just before frying, whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture. The consistency should be relatively thin and runny.

  • 6.

    Working in two batches, dip each piece of chicken into the batter, letting excess batter drip off.  Suspend the chicken in the oil for a couple of seconds for it to set before letting it slip completely into the oil, otherwise the chicken will fall and stick to the bottom of the pot. 

  • 7.

    Fry chicken until golden brown and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes per batch. Transfer to a wire rack to drain as done.

  • 8.

    Make the BBQ Sauce: Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve the chicken with the BBQ sauce, pickled radish (recipe follows below) and beer.

  • Picked Radish Cubes:

  • 1.

    Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl, whisking until the sugar and salt are dissolved.  Add the radish and toss to coat.  Leave at room temperature, covered, for 24 hours.  Then refrigerate.  Serve cold with fried chicken. 

  • Note:

  • 1.

    The batter’s dry and wet ingredients can be assembled but not mixed together ahead of time. Whisk the wet and dry ingredients right before you’re ready to fry the chicken, otherwise the batter may thicken too much.

  • 2.

    Cook the chicken in batches, cooking the drumsticks and thighs together as one batch and the wings as a separate batch.

  • 3.

    Loosen the BBQ sauce with a little water if you want to drizzle the sauce or glaze the chicken.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 926kj
  • Fat Total 20g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Protein 26g
  • Carbohydrate 151g
  • Sugar 62g
  • Sodium 1635mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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