Family-Style Korean Fried Chicken

This is my family's recipe, originally preserved on a printed email from a neighbor that dates back to when we lived in Mililani. Sauce is optional - we've always eaten it without. Large chopsticks are recommended for frying. Enjoy with white or fried rice!

Cook Time:
3 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 3 mins
8 servings


  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup cornstarch

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, diced

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • oil for frying


  1. Whisk eggs, soy sauce, and sugar together in a large bowl.

  2. Combine cornstarch, flour, sesame seeds, and salt in a separate bowl. Whisk in egg mixture. Fold green onions and garlic into the batter.

  3. Stir chicken into the batter until each piece is coated. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to 2 days. Stir 1 to 2 times per day.

  4. Fill a heavy saucepan with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil. Heat on medium-high heat until a small amount of batter sizzles when dropped in.

  5. Stir chicken again to coat evenly with batter. Fry in batches until deeply browned, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain on a large plate lined with paper towels or newspapers.

Cook's Note:

Use excess batter to make hush puppies if desired.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of batter. The actual amount of batter consumed will vary.

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

520 Calories
28g Fat
37g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 520
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 176mg 59%
Sodium 1550mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 326mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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