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Baked Gochujang Chicken Wings

These crispy oven baked wings with a spicy gochujang sauce are the ultimate game day appetizer! Serve your spicy Korean chicken wings with a side of pickled daikon radish for a sweet and refreshing side to balance the heat!

Over the course of the last year, Korean fried chicken became my go-to late night study snack and if someone came to visit me in Boston, I would always take them out for the mouth-watering combination of spicy fried chicken and beer. Now, hundreds of miles away from the closest KFC (Korean fried chicken), I’ve had to learn to make these sweet and savory chicken wings on my own. And I have to tell you — I am not disappointed with the result! While korean fried chicken is traditionally deep fried (often twice!) to get that addictively crunchy crust, I opted for a healthier version where the wings are baked in the oven and then tossed in a sticky gochujang sauce. Don’t worry though — I’ve included a few tips and tricks to make sure our chicken wings come out of the oven with a delicious crispy coating!

chicken wings with gochujang sauce


The spicy component in our sauce for these chicken wings comes from a delicious Korean chili paste — gochujang. It’s somehow sweet, savory and spicy all at once! You can find gochujang at almost any market selling Korean products. Recently, we picked up this brand of gochujang at our local Korean market — purchasing it at the store is generally much cheaper than buying it online. This spicy korean chili paste can have varying levels of spiciness depending on which brand you buy so make sure to adjust the level of gochujang in the sauce to taste. 

baking crispy chicken in the oven

There are a ton of different methods promising the crispiest oven baked chicken and while I’ve tried many of them, I always come back to one of the simplest — baking the chicken with a thin coat of cornstarch. It’s easy, mess-free and I almost always have cornstarch in the pantry! Another simplе trick is to fit your baking sheet with a wire rack so the chicken can crisp up better, but out here in our little cabin I didn’t have one on hand and my chicken was perfectly crispy baking directly on foil with a bit of cooking spray.

You can also choose between flipping your chicken wings over halfway through the bake time or leaving them on one side. I like to leave the side with more skin up the entire time to make sure that side is extra crunchy, but that’s just my preference. Either way you’ll end up with crispy wings ready to be slathered with a spicy gochujang sauce!

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chicken wings with gochujang sauce

Spicy Gochujang Chicken Wings

  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 45 minutes
    • Category: Appetizer
    • Method: Baked
    • Cuisine: Korean


Crispy Chicken Wings

  • 4 pounds (1.8 kg) chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • kosher salt to taste

Spicy Gochujang Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece ginger
  • 4 tablespoons gochujang
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Garnish (optional)

  • green onions, sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and fit with a wire rack.*
  2. Pat the chicken wings dry and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle the cornstarch and salt over the chicken and mix to coat evenly.
  3. Transfer the chicken wings to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes or until crispy.
  4. When the chicken is almost cooked, begin making the sauce. Mince the garlic and ginger. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for several minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the gochujang, honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar to the saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat for several minutes.
  7. Toss the cooked chicken wings with the sauce. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions.


Baking: While the wire rack will give you an even crunchier crust, I often go without and the wings always turn out crispy and delicious!

Keywords: korean chicken wings, baked korean chicken wings, gochujang wings

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