Korean Gochujang Honey Wings

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The first time I made these Korean Gochujang Honey Wings, my wife said they were the best wings I’ve ever made! The chicken wings are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and the sauce is a wonderful balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy!

Gochujang honey Wings on a plate

Check out the Gochujang Honey Wings recipe video below!

Gochujang Honey wings held close up

Ingredient Tips for Korean Gochujang Honey Wings,

  • WHITE PEPPER – I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)
  • FLOUR + CORNSTARCH + BAKING POWDER – My favorite combination is FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, and BAKING POWDER for wings! When mixed with the flour, the cornstarch makes the flour coating crispier and gives it that golden brown color! (It has to do with prevention of gluten development.) The baking powder reacts with the oil and creates tiny air bubbles, which also helps form a crispy coating.
  • NEUTRAL OIL – My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. The flavor profile does not go.
  • GOCHUJANG – Gochujang is a Korean pepper paste that is spicy, sweet, with a hint of umami. It has a STRONG flavor, so you only need a little to go a long way. I would adjust this to your spice preference – if you are new to the flavor or don’t enjoy spice as much, I would even start with 1/2 of what the recipe calls for!
Making sauce for gochujang honey wings
Gochujang honey Wings on a plate

Recipe Tips for Korean Gochujang Honey Wings

  • CRAGGILY BITS – Add any leftover marinade (or 1-2 tbsp of water) to your seasoning mix (flour/cornstarch/baking powder) and rub them together to create the craggily bits we all love!
  • REST AFTER DREDGING – Once the wings are dredged in the seasoning mix, let them rest for 10-15 minutes. This helps the batter stick to the chicken when frying!
  • OIL TEMPERATURE – Do not let your frying oil drop below 325F when frying! I highly recommend you use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. If you see it dropping below 325F, fry your wings in batches. Frying at a low temperature will result in too much moisture (AKA SOGGY!)
  • DOUBLE FRY – I love to double fry my wings, as this ensures my wings are both well-crisped AND cooked thoroughly. I know it’s a little bit extra work but I guarantee it’s worth it! If excess batter pieces are floating in the oil, strain them out with a strainer to prevent them from burning during the 2nd fry.

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5 from 14 votes

Honey Gochujang Wings

Servings: 4
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 30 minutes
Gochujang honey Wings on a plate
These Gochujang Honey chicken wings are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and the sauce is a wonderful balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy!

Ingredients 

Chicken Wings

Seasoning Mix

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup gochujang
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water

Neutral oil for frying

    Instructions 

    • Marinate chicken wings in salt, white pepper, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil for 1-2 hours or overnight for best results.
    • In a large bowl, add flour, cornstarch, kosher salt, white pepper, and baking powder. Mix together until combined, then add any leftover marinade (or 1-2 tbsp of water) into the seasoning mix. With your hands, rub the mix together with the liquid to create craggily bits in the seasoning mix.
    • Coat your wings into the seasoning mix, and pack in the dredge well making sure to leave no dry spots. Shake off any excess and let rest on a sheet pan for 5-10 minutes while you heat up your frying oil.
    • Fry the wings in batches at 350F for 6-8 minutes. Remove and set on a rack or paper towel to drain while you fry the rest of your wings.
    • Fry the wings a 2nd time at 350F for 1-2 minutes. This will get the exterior super crispy.
    • In a large wide pan, heat 2 tbsp of neutral oil over medium heat. Add your garlic, ginger, and gochujang and fry for 30-45 seconds until fragrant. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and water. Stir until the sauce bubbles and the sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes.
    • Add the wings to the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately & enjoy!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 710kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 29gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 2719mgPotassium: 379mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 214IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 136mgIron: 4mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

    Additional Info

    Cuisine: Korean
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    6 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      I recently made these for a potluck with my friends, and it was a huge hit!! It’s very balanced between spicy and sweet. I ended up air frying my wings which also worked really well

    2. 5 stars
      Mmm I love the seasoning on these chicken wings. I usually make pretty western sauces for my wings, so I decided to try this korean style instead. I loved it! It tastes just like the ones I use to get back in Asia. If you’re looking to step up your wing game, try this out!

    3. 5 stars
      I have seriously high standards for my chicken wings, and these ticked ALL the boxes! The cooking tips helped a great deal, and the wings came out perfectly. Made them two days ago, and I am still dreaming about them. TOTAL yum!