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This recipe that I developed quickly became a favorite in the test kitchen. One coworker has me make it for him for his birthday every year.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
35 mins
50 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Set a rack on a foil-lined baking sheet.

  • Pour oil into a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until oil reaches 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, toss chicken, ginger, and salt together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread 1/2 cup potato starch in a shallow dish; dredge chicken to coat completely and evenly. Add remaining 1/2 cup potato starch as needed. Shake off excess and transfer to a plate.

  • Add chicken to the skillet carefully, working in batches; fry until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn chicken over and fry until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 175 degrees F (80 degrees C), 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to the rack on the prepared baking sheet. Reheat oil between batches to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Return chicken to the skillet in batches and fry again, about 2 minutes per side.

  • Stir gochujang, oyster sauce, mirin, ketchup, fish sauce, and garlic together in a large bowl. Add cooked chicken and toss to coat. Sprinkle with white and black sesame seeds.

Cook's Notes:

You can use grapeseed or peanut oil instead of canola oil for frying. If using a larger skillet, add enough oil to fill it halfway.

You can use chicken wings with tips removed and wings cut at joints instead of drumsticks.

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

622 calories; protein 55.1g; carbohydrates 34.3g; fat 27.2g; cholesterol 178.6mg; sodium 978.1mg. Full Nutrition