Hi Everyone! Today I will make a delicious chicken dish called “gyochon chicken” or “ganjang chicken” in Korean. Gyochon chicken is a popular Korean restaurant brand. Their specialty is this deep fried chicken covered with a sweet and salty sauce. Many people requested this dish; they particularly mentioned the name “Gyochon chicken.” It was interesting to see that so many people know and love this. To make it a little healthier and easier to make, I baked my chicken instead of deep frying it. The result was just as good. The crispy and chewy chicken, with savory sauce, tastes great. Try it someday. 🙂
Yield: 12 Pieces
Short Korean Lesson
- SiSo (시소) = See-saw
- GeuNe (그네) = Swing
- 12 Pieces drumette or wingettes (1½ lb)
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Wine (Optional)
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ⅛ tsp Black Pepper
- ¼ Cup Korean Frying Mix or All Purpose Flour
- ¼ Cup Cornstarch
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- ½ Tbsp Garlic, Minced
- 2 Generous tsp Sugar
- ½ tsp Vinegar
Obtain about 12 pieces (1½ lb) of drumette or wingettes. Soak the chicken in 1 cup of milk for about 20 minutes. This helps to get rid of any bad chicken flavor and improves the texture of the chicken. If you do not like chicken wings or drumsticks, you can replace them with chicken tenders.
20 minutes later, drain and wash the chicken.
Make cuts in both side of the chicken. This will help it absorb the flavor better.
Marinate the chicken with 1 Tbsp of cooking wine (Optional), ¼ tsp of salt, and ⅛ tsp of black pepper for about 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F or preheat your cooking oil if you are going to deep fry it.
Add ¼ cup Korean frying mix and ¼ Cup Cornstarch in a zipper bag. Shake it well to mix it. If you do not have Korean frying mix, you can use all-purpose flour as a substitute.
Put all the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and shake it gently, until all of the pieces are covered evenly with the flour.
Spray some cooking spray on a baking sheet.
Place each piece of chicken on the baking sheet. If you are going to deep fry the chicken, deep fry the chicken in this step until both sides of the chicken become golden brown.
Bake the chicken in a heated oven for about 15 minutes.
Take it out, flip all the pieces, and put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes, or until it has completely cooked. Turn off the heat and leave the chicken in the oven until you finish cooking the sauce.
Add all the ingredients for sauce- 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp cooking oil, ½ Tbsp minced garlic, 2 generous tsp sugar, and ½ tsp vinegar in a pan and mix them well. Once it start to boil, cook for about 3 minutes on medium-high.
Strain the sauce in a large mixing bowl. If you do not mind having some garlic chunks on your chicken, you can skip this step and just add the baked (or fried) chicken into the sauce pan.
Add the cooked chicken into the sauce bowl and mix them gently.
Sprinkle ½ Tbsp of sesame seeds on top before serving.
This can be a great party or snack food. 🙂 Enjoy!