Sticky Gochujang Chicken Wings are truly the next family staple recipe for your household! Made with an easy Korean-inspired sauce mixture that has a delicious sweet-spicy flavor, seasoned to perfection, and a nicely juicy center; these wings are the perfect appetizer or main meat that can be served with your favorite sides or dipping sauce---whether during dinner or brunch or lunch. Air Fryer + Gluten-Free options.
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Growing up, chicken wings and chicken in general have been my favorite things to eat. I literally would take both over everything else and not much has changed. Haha. These Sticky Gochujang Chicken Wings are definitely legit and I promise that they'll be the next family staple in your house like they are mine. Since It's officially my Birthday week, I'm sharing some of my personal faves ALL WEEK LONG on the site and via Instagram (Check out all Reels to see these recipes in action, including this one).
Honestly, when it comes to wings, there isn't a bad flavor (for the most part) and while traditional buffalo wings like these Classic Oven Baked Buffalo Wings are a crowd-pleaser, adding lemon pepper seasoning to the mix truly takes things to the next level----try these Lemon Pepper Buffalo Wings or Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings. You won't be disappointed and I promise that everyone will be going for a round of seconds and thirds. Plus, if you're fan of chicken wings in general, then you must try these Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings, Spicy Orange Chicken Wings. But of course, we can't forget about the deliciousness of this Gochujang flavor and these Gochujang Shrimp Tacos and Spicy Gochujang Chicken Tenders are the things you need to try next!
This chicken wing recipe is overall super easy to make, the perfect balance between spicy, tangy, and sweet, can be done in both the oven or air-fryer, completely family-friendly, and is the best addition to so many meal ideas, gatherings, and summer BBQs.
While I rarely adapt foods outside of my Southern or Jamaican roots, I truly love Spicy Gochujang sauce (along with a few other cultural foods), therefore, I wanted to highlight this special sauce which is a part of the Korean culture.
Gochujang is an ingredient in Korean cooking that consists of a thick, spicy-sweet crimson red paste that is made from red chile pepper flakes and other ingredients.
According to an article via Bon Appetit, Gochujang is fermented over years in a pot kept outdoors, which causes the starches in the glutinous rice (one of the ingredients it's made from) to convert into sugar, which gives this paste it's sweetness. Using Gochujang is best done when applying it to rich meats as a marinade or along with other ingredients to create a nice sauce. It's highly recommended not to be eaten on it's own since it's taste can be pretty aggressive.
The THREE parts of these Gochujang wings are the chicken wings, the seasoning, and the Gochujang sauce.
The best part about any wing is the crispy coating that is formed without an “actual coating”. And these chicken wings do not disappoint. I talk more about tips to making these wings nice and crispy, but let’s talk about this delicious recipe, especially the marinade and the sauce.
Here’s what you need for these delicious Sticky Gochujang Chicken Wings:
OK, so this is one of the hot debates as it relates to which one creates the crispier chicken or chicken wings. While cornstarch does add extra layer of crispiness for your chicken, using flour still works too!
But to best honest, the best kept secret is the combination of both cornstarch and flour, which creates the crispiest results. Of course, if you're looking to make this fried chicken recipe gluten-free, then substitute the cornstarch or flour with arrowroot starch or a great all-purpose flour.
When it comes to wings, there are two types: Drums (a.k.a. drumettes) and flats (a.k.a. wingettes). The drums actually look like miniature chicken legs and have one single bone in the middle surrounded by meat, whereas the flats are “flat” and contain two smaller bones that runs the length of the wing.
Baking these Gochujang chicken wings are generally an easy process—in total just 45 minutes or so due to the process of cooking the chicken wings and making and tossing them in the buffalo sauce. You first start by cleaning and washing your chicken pieces to ensure that they are clean and ready to be seasoned. I like to wash my chicken wings with both vinegar and lemon to help keep things clean and sanitized.
Once your chicken wings are clean, then it’s time to pat them dry and season them! I’m all about seasoning every “layer” of my food, therefore, the chicken gets direct seasonings, but since the sauce has so much bold flavor, it doesn't need seasonings. Let everything marinate for 10-15 minutes or 1-2 days (or overnight tightly wrapped in the refrigerator) for the best results.
Of course, both methods of making these Gochujang chicken wings are effective. However, if you’re wondering whether you’d be able to also make these wings in an air-fryer—-then yes!
To make your crispy chicken wings in an air fryer, it's very similar to doing it the oven. The only difference would be the cook time and adding them to a basket versus a baking sheet. Once you've seasoned and dusted your chicken wings, add them to your air fryer basket, spray with cooking oil, and cook them at 360 degrees for 10-15 minutes. NOTE: You might want to spray your basket with cooking oil to ensure that your chicken doesn't stick to it during cooking.
As you know, this recipe is for baked wings and honestly, they’re just as crispy as using them in the airy-fryer (especially when you broil them in the last round), so the choice is yours!
To make sure your chicken wings get as crispy as possible without needing an actual “coating”, follow these simple tips:
These Gochujang chicken wings are full of flavor all on their own, but who doesn’t love to dunk and dip----right? So, feel free to serve your wings with any (or all) of these tasty condiments:
However, if you're thinking about serving these chicken wings with something to create a complete, full meal, then I recommend trying my favorite ways to incorporate them:
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or microwave when ready to serve.
Of course! To make these wings GF, just ensure that all sauce ingredients are GF-friendly and the best alternative to cornstarch is arrowroot starch or Gf flour.
Absolutely! Feel free to use maple syrup, light brown sugar, or cane sugar, if you'd like.
Gochujang is similar to sriracha but instead has a deeper flavor profile with less vinegar and more sweetness. Gochujang is also less spicy than sriracha, so if you like sweet-spicy combinations then gochujang is the perfect thing to use to achieve this!
Basically, It's has a hint of spicy, "funky", salty, sweet, and deeply savory flavors. Overall, Gochujang traditionally also gets its gentle sweetness from its fermentation process, which takes place over several years and sees the starches in the rice convert to sugars.
Whether you want to substitute gochujang paste because you don't have it handy or just aren't a fan, you're in luck! The following are great subs: sriracha, hot sauce, ketchup + hot chili powder, or chili bean paste.
Yes! Like most other fermented products, gochujang needs to be sealed and refrigerated after opening.
In general, gochujang has a thick consistency and can be eaten plain or raw but it's usually combined with other ingredients to create a thinner texture and add more flavor like as a sauce. However, many Koreans will eat it as is as an accompaniment to raw vegetables.
Yes and no! Generally, gochujang is not a great source of any vitamins. It is not a superfood in actuality, but it's ingredients include chili peppers and soy protein, which are both vitamin-rich foods.
Just like in this recipe, adding honey or any form of sweetener helps to cut down the spicy level.
Now that you're on a sweet + spicy kick with this Gochujang chicken wings recipe, give these recipes that your entire family will love a try next:
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