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Korean Fried Chicken Bites
Believe it or not, Americans do not have the patent of fried chicken. These Korean fried chicken bites have a thin über crispy shell and are served coated in a sweet and tangy sauce.
- Chicken breasts or thighs (kycklingfile eller lår), 500 g
- Flour, 1 cup (2 dl.)
- Cornstarch, 1.5 cups (3 dl.)
- Baking powder (bakpulver), 1 tablespoon
- Salt, 1 teaspoon
- Cold water, about 1 cup (2 dl.)
- Korean chili flakes, 1/4 cup (1/2 dl.)
- Garlic, minced, 2 cloves
- Ginger, 1 tablespoon
- Soy sauce, 1/3 cup (3/4 dl.)
- Rice wine vinegar, 1/3 cup (3/4 dl.)
- Brown sugar, 3 tablespoons
- Honey, 1/4 cup (1/2 dl.)
- Frying Oil
- Optional: Scallion or green onion, garnish
Tip: On Using White Meat: Frying chicken breasts is a good way to introduce yourself to frying chicken since white meat cooks fast!
Before cooking: salt the chicken about 30 mins before cooking to give the salt time to season the meat. I used breast meat in the video, but often use chicken thighs. I’ve said it before:
I like dark meat 🙂
First, cut the chicken into chunks and coat them in flour. Set the chicken aside, and get started on the batter.
These Korean chicken bites are super crisp and crunchy because cornstarch is used along with flour. (This is actually common in Asian kitchens.)
For the batter:
Mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add in cold water. (The water must be cold!) You want a thin consistency, that coats your finger.
Now, coat you chicken bites in the batter, and get ready to fry!
Heat your frying oil up to medium high heat, this is just an initial fry: we are going to fry the Korean chicken bites twice!
Once the oil is hot, fry the bites until a hard shell forms… remember we are not frying them throughly. Drain on paper towels, and turn the oil heat up a bit.
(Don’t forget to clean out those scalawag crumbs in the oil!)
Now, fry your chicken one more time until it is a pale brown, keep it warm in the oven (on low heat.)
For the sauce:
To a skillet on low heat, add a splash of oil and another few drops of sesame oil. Next, your korean red chili flakes, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar.
Next, mix in the brown sugar and honey.
Taste for balance! When the sauce it to your liking, go ahead and coat the Korean fried chicken bites in the sauce… enjoy!