Spicy Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crunchy, spicy and full of flavor! 
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
Game day gets a little more exciting around here with Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Gochujang Sauce!  Spicy, flavorful and super crispy, I warn you- these wings are not the healthiest things, but I make them once a year on Super Bowl Sunday, because my husband LOOOOOOOVES them!
For a slightly healthier version, make  these Roasted Chipotle Wings.
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
The flavorful Korean Gochujang Sauce is made with ginger garlic orange zest and of course…..Korean Chile paste, called Gochujang!
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
Gochujang is a fermented chili paste which add a delicious depth to the sauce.
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
Orange zest adds a tasty brightness!
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

To make the Korean Sticky sauce, saute garlic and ginger in a saute pan for few minutes.

Add mirin, soy sauce, orange zest, brown sugar ( or honey)  rice vinegar,
sesame oil and gochujang ( a fermented korean chili paste).
I also added sriracha for extra heat, because we like it HOT!!!

Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

The gochujang is really not a spicy as it looks,
but it does add an interesting flavor and depth.

Let this come to a simmer for 1-2 minutes and then turn off heat.
This will thicken and become nice and sticky. Set aside.

Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

Season the wings with salt and set aside. I like to cut them into two pieces so they set more flat in the pan.

Make the Batter.

Whip up the easy batter in a medium sized bowl with cornstarch, flour and water.
FYI- I also experimented with using dry coating, but the batter was 100 times better!!!

Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

Set up a frying station on your stove, with a deep saute pan or wide pot filled with 1 inch of canola oil.
Next to this, place a wire rack over a sheet pan.
Turn heat to med high and heat oil to 375F.

Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
In batches, dip your wings into the batter and place into the hot oil.
I did about ten at a time. Depending on how wide your pan is,
you may be able to do more or less. Don’t crowd!  They should sizzle.
It’s a beautiful sound.
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

Working in batches, cook the chicken wings until golden before turning them over about 8-9 minutes….and then cook for a few more. A total of 10-12 minutes. Be patient, you want them golden!
Place on the rack then into the oven to finish cooking through.

Heat up your thickened delicious Korean Gochujang Sauce and using tongs, toss the chicken wings
coating all sides.

Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.

Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
You could serve the Korean Chicken Wings with something crunchy, like a slaw or something pickled…like pickled cucumbers or diakon radish, to help balance it.
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
Yes, this is a little bit of a production, but it’s worth the effort.
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang
I hope you love these Korean Chicken Wings as much as my husband does!
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Crispy Korean Chicken Wings with Korean Gochujang Sauce! These crispy wings are extra crispy, spicy and full of flavor! #wings #chickenwings #koreanchickenwings #superbowl #suberbowlrecipes #gochujang

Korean Chicken Wings with Spicy Gochujang Sauce

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: Korean

Description

Flavorful Korean chicken wings with a flavorful Gochujang Sauce. Crispy and Spicy and full of flavor!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Korean Gochujang Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon oil (like peanut)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup mirin, or rice wine or Chinese wine ( not vinegar)
  • ¼  cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup orange juice ( juice from half an orange-make sure to zest it first!)
  • 3 tablespoons Gochujang (Korean red chile paste)
  • 12 tablespoons red chili paste (like Sambal Oelek or sriracha), more to taste.
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • zest of one orange

Batter:

  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Cup corn starch
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Oil for frying

  • Add 1 inch of peanut or canola oil to a large, tall sided skillet or dutch oven.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 F

Toss chicken wings with salt in a medium bowl, coating all sides well and set aside.

Make the batter, whisking all ingredients together until smooth in a medium bowl.

Set a wire rack over a foil-lined sheet pan near the stove.

Make the sauce ( to save time, you can do this at the same time as frying the wings).  Sauté the garlic and ginger in the oil over medium heat until fragrant and golden. Add the mirin, simmer for 2 minutes, stir in the remaining ingredients- soy sauce, orange juice, Gochujang, red chili paste brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil and orange zest – and bring to a simmer again. Taste for heat, adding more if you like. Turn heat off.

Heat one inch of oil, in an extra-large skillet or dutch oven, over medium-high heat until oil is hot, 350F – or until heat sizzles loudly when you test it by dropping a drop of batter in.

Working in batches, coat the chicken in the batter, using tongs, and place gently in hot oil, careful not to splatter. Be careful not to overcrowd. Fry  7-9  minutes or until golden, being patient, then gently turn over and fry 3 more minutes. They should be golden and crispy.

Place on the wire rack (set over over a sheet pan) and keep them in the oven while you fry all the remaining chicken.  Once all the chicken wings are fried, keep them in the oven for 15  more minutes or until the last batch is cooked through. Double-check by cutting into one- juices should run clear, there should be no red or pink.

Reheat the sauce, then toss the crispy chicken wings in the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.

Serve immediately so they stay crispy.


Notes

I like adding the chili paste to make this a little spicier.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3-4 wings
  • Calories: 524

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Incredible Sauce. Any suggestion how u could use this sauce for other dishes?
    Thanks for all those delicious recipes!

    1. Hi Leslie! I should bring this sauce around and repurpose it. 🙂 It would be good on crispy tofu, baked chicken or even salmon or roasted veggies. 🙂

  2. Hi. Planning to cook this today. In the “make the sauce” paragraph you say “stir in remaining”. But you don’t specify what to stirring. I’m not clear what is remaining to be stirred in. Can you clarify? Thank you so much big fan of your recipes

    1. I’m sorry about that, I updated the recipe, it was basically adding the remaining sauce ingredients.

  3. Sounds like this could be one of my fav. recipes. Could I substitute dry sherry for the mirin as I can’t seem to find it in my local store. Many thanks.

    1. Yes that should work fine. Mirin is a little sweeter, so you may need to adjust sweetess.

  4. This is the best wings recipe I have ever tried. I had Korean sticky wings in a restaurant a few years ago and remembered them ever since. This recipe is perfect. Follow the steps and you will be in heaven! Thank you! xx

  5. These wings are really amazing. The sauce really is the best -sweet with a spicy kick and the fresh taste of orange. I am trying to think of other ways I can use this sauce. Great recipe again! Thanks!