Get your spicy fried chicken fix without the added grease and fat with Oven Baked Korean Fried Chicken!
You know how you’ll hear a popular song on the radio and it’ll get stuck in your head for days no matter how hard you try to listen to something else?
We’ve all been there, it can drive you batty, especially when it’s just the chorus that repeats again and again and again.
Welcome to my brain. Sort of.
Sometimes, I get recipe ideas in my head and I must test them out right away. If I can’t get to it immediately, it’ll stay on my mind until I have that chance. This recipe today friends is a result of my overworking brain.
I kind of have a thing for fried chicken and by thing, I mean I’ll take it any way. As is, spiced, on a waffle, in a sandwich, as wings or the best way, Korean-fied. AKA the real KFC.
Fried chicken is my special treat, obviously my waistline can’t afford to eat it as much as I’d like (and I’m pretty sure my heart thanks me too for avoiding the fried foods). Also thanks to my fear of frying at home, the only time I make it is when I want to devote the time to my tried and true oven fried chicken.
When I decided to try out an oven baked version of Korean Fried Chicken, I admit I got a little giddy but then I was stumped for a few days on how to make it happen.
If you haven’t had the good fortune to try it yourself, what makes this better than all the other fried chicken recipes is the fact that it’s fried twice. You’ve got a seriously crunchy, crispy shell and then it’s slathered with a sauce made from Korean chile paste. The stuff is spicy, crisp and cures all that ails you. At least, I think it does.
They key here was to mimic that double frying without actually, you know frying.
Then wham! Bam! It came to me, just double coat the wings! I’m not going to lie, the breading process is messy and a little tedious going back and forth between flour, egg wash, bread crumbs, flour, egg wash and then panko but it totally pays off. What you end up with that perfect “fried” coating without the hassle of breaking out a deep fryer.
Mission accomplished and craving satisfied.