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!
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!Print
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