Korean Fried Chicken


Does this blog even exist still?? I basically took the whole summer off just chilling and got wayy too lazy to type a few words and click a few buttons to post… Anyway…

DISCLAIMER!! I am not making this chicken fried because deep frying takes a long time (especially if you double fry) and it isn’t very good for you. I decided to take Chef John’s recipe, tweak it a bit, and make it my own. You should definitely check out his recipe for the sauce and the fried chicken because the videos are extremely helpful when trying to cook something new. 

For the chicken, I decided to marinate it and just cook it on a fry pan because it was a lot quicker and less fried. If you want to eat real KFC (Korean Fried Chicken, not Kentucky!), do take a look at Chef John’s recipe. For those of you trying to take the easier (and healthier!) route, the chicken is just as delicious and much easier to make. Now let’s get started!


  • Around .75-1 lb boneless/skinless chicken thigh 
  • 1/4-1/2 of a brown onion grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (if you don’t have soy sauce, substitute with an additional 1/4 tsp salt)
  • 1/4 tsp flour


  1. Wash chicken and trim off fat and any tough parts of chicken 
  2. Cut chicken into equal bite size pieces 
  3. photo 1
  4. Marinate with onion, garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and flour 
  5. Let sit for as long as possible (overnight if possible) 
  6. Heat fry pan for a few minutes on low/med heat
  7. Fry in a pan without oil and flip pieces when they are pretty well cooked on one side 
  8. I cooked this in oil the first time I made it and it made the whole pan watery and the chicken would not brown. Cook without oil!

    I cooked this in oil the first time I made it and it made the whole pan watery and the chicken would not brown. Cook without oil!

  9. Make sure they don’t burn but also make sure you cook the chicken completely! No one wants to get salmonella, right?
  10. Coat in sauce and serve with a sprinkle of green onions on top 


  • 1/2 cup ketchup 
  • 1 tbsp red pepper paste
  • 1 tsp sambal chili sauce or garlic chili sauce 
  • 2 thinly chopped green onions 
  • 3 cloves garlic minced 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • dash of cayenne 
  • juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1-2 tbsp water (adjust as necessary


  1. Add all of the ingredients listed above into a saucepan or pot. It’ll look like a big mess but don’t worry! 
  2. photo 2-1
  3. Mix well
  4. Simmer on low for 5 minutes while stirring frequently so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot 
  5. Let cool or serve right away 
Finished Sauce

Finished Sauce



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