Sweet Korean Crispy Chicken


This Korean-flavored chicken recipe pairs twice-fried chicken bites with a sticky, sweet, and slightly hot sauce made from garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and gochujang. Perfect for dinner, or serve as an appetizer or snack. Garnish with chopped peanuts.

close up view of Sweet Korean Crispy Chicken garnished with peanuts, in a pan
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr



  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  • 6 tablespoons honey

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chile paste)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 quart canola oil for frying, or as needed

  • ½ cup cornstarch


  1. Make the chicken: Place chicken into a bowl. Add vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper; toss until well combined and chicken is coated. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Combine honey, vinegar, brown sugar, gochujang, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and black pepper in a pot over medium heat. Stir well and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  3. Fill a deep fryer with 1 inch oil and heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. While the oil is heating, place cornstarch into a bowl. Add chicken and toss until evenly coated.

  5. Working in small batches without overcrowding, fry chicken until light golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

  6. Reheat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and deep-fry chicken once more until deep golden brown, about 40 seconds per batch. Transfer chicken to the pot of sauce.

  7. Heat sauce and chicken over medium-low heat until warmed through, about 3 minutes.

Editor's Note:

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)

2895 Calories
293g Fat
76g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 2895
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 293g 376%
Saturated Fat 38g 190%
Sodium 1409mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 109mg 2%

* 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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