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korean fried chicken

Easy Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken. Crunchy, juicy fried battered chicken. A delicious, indulgent way to have chicken. Perfect with some beer or a carbonated drink.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine korean
Servings 8 drumsticks
Calories per serving 256 kcal


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 cups avocado oil (or any neutral oil like vegetable oil, grapeseed, peanut oil or canola oil)

Chicken marinade:

Korean fried chicken batter:


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix your marinade ingredients. Marinate your chicken for 10 minutes or overnight for best results.
  • Meanwhile, in another large mixing bowl, mix your batter ingredients until you have a thick but runny batter. The batter will settle and almost "solidify" but that is normal. You will just need to mix it again when you're ready to batter the chicken.
  • Once your chicken has marinated, add it to your batter and mix. You'll need some arm strength here to evenly coat the chicken.
  • Heat your avocado oil or neutral oil in a pot over medium heat. Place a wooden chopstick in the oil to check if the oil is hot enough by looking for bubbles. Once you see bubbles form at the tip of the chopstick, your oil is hot enough.
  • Carefully place battered chicken into hot oil. The batter will run off the chicken a bit but that's normal. Do not overcrowd the pot (about 4 pieces per fry). Do not cover with a lid.
  • Cook your drumsticks for 10 minutes on both sides (20 minutes in total), flipping around every now and then until golden crispy brown.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack or paper towel to drain off excess oil and enjoy!


Can I use chicken wings or thighs for this recipe?

Yes! Please find deep frying instructions for each cut below:
Chicken wings: Heat oil to 375 degrees F and fry chicken wings for 8-10 minutes flipping over halfway. Cook until juices run clear or until an internal temperature of 165 F.
Chicken thighs with bone in skin on: Heat oil to 350 F and fry thighs for 14-15 minutes flipping over halfway. Cook until juices run clear or until an internal temperature of 165 F.
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Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine korean
Keyword korean fried chicken, korean fried chicken batter, korean fried chicken drumsticks, korean fried chicken recipe, the best korean fried chicken