Korean Spicy Fried Chicken

Spicy fried chicken in Korea is called yangnyeom chicken. It is fried chicken and is eaten with sweet and spicy sauce made of red pepper paste and ketchup. It’s a popular delivery menu for birthday parties and guests in Korea. These go best with rice and beer, adults and children love it.

About Yangnyeom

Yangnyeom is the sauce used in Korean cooking, made by mixing red pepper paste with sesame oil, sugar, soy sauce and garlic. Different households and shops may have their own original sauce.

About chicken

Yangnyeom chicken uses various parts of the chicken, such as bone meat, chicken wings and breast meat. In addition, chicken is usually fried with starch, and then seasoned with soy sauce, but if you prefer a healthier option, you can cook it without frying it.

Korean fried Chicken (Yangnyeom Chicken)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4 people


  • 500 g Chicken Thigh
  • 100 ml Milk
  • 5 tbsp Cornflour

Sauce Ingredience

  • 1 tbsp Gochujang
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Korean Chilli powder (If you prefer)
  • 1 tsp Garlic (grated)
  • 50 ml Water
  • 10 Walnuts (or Almond)


  • Cut chicken thighs into 25g pieces and soak them in milk for 20 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Put the chicken thighs soaked in milk into a strainer and drain.
  • Wipe off the moisture from chicken thighs with kitchen paper and cover the chicken with cornflour.
  • Put oil in the frying pan and heat it up. Fry chicken at 180 degrees for 3 minutes and take it out.(If the chicken is whitish at this point, add 1 more minute)
  • Let the chicken rest on a mesh tray for 5 minutes and fry it for another 2 minutes at 190 degrees.

How to make sauce

  • Crush walnuts into small pieces.
  • Put all the sauce ingredients except walnuts in the pot and boil it down a little.
  • Lastly, add walnuts to the sauce. (Keep a few walnuts for topping.

finishing up

  • Put fried chicken thighs in the sauce.
  • Arrange it on a plate and sprinkle it up with walnuts. Enjoy!
Keyword chicken, fried chicken, spicy chicken