Korean Fried Chicken Sandwiches

I have four sweet words for you on this Friday my friend… KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICHES!!!

This is a whole new ballgame folks. f you’re anything like me you will CRAVE these on a monthly (err weekly) basis. They are fried to perfection, glazed with a blend of gochujang (Korean red chili paste) & honey and then topped with a kimchi coleslaw. Perfectly nestled between soft buns with a sriracha mayo. Sexy amiright?

My love for a fried chicken sammich started at an early age with frequent stops at Chick-fil-A. I always went for the classic sandwich until I graduated to getting the spicy deluxe version. There was several occasions in college when I would drag myself up on a Sunday to a Chick-fil-A with a raging hangover only to find that they are closed on Sundays. You would think I would have learned my lesson after such utter disappointment the first time around.

My chicken sandwich palate has happily expanded since my college days and we love making new versions at home – My go-to classic is these Spicy Fried Chicken Sliders!

These are the steps to making a great fried chicken sandwich in my opinion! I’m sure the legends over at Howlin’ Ray’s or Hattie B’s could definitely add some pointers, but here’s what to remember if you’re doing it my way!

  • You’ve gotta go for the thighs…breasts just won’t do.
  • It’s all about that 3rd dip. First you dip in flour, then buttermilk, and THEN you dribble some of the buttermilk into the remaining flour and make a moist flour mixture that you’ll coat the chicken with for the final coating! Those extra crunchy bits will be EVERYTHING.
  • You can’t do a big bready bun. Stick to the small soft guys to let the chicken stand out.
  • All of the elements is what makes the sandwich come together! You’ve gotta have a little crunchy slaw on top, or if you’re doing a classic sandwich keep it simple with bread and butter pickles and iceberg lettuce like BA’s Best Fried Chicken Sandwich! 

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Korean Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Servings: 4 Sandwiches
Author: Hillary Knudsen

Ingredients

Korean Fried Chicken

  • 4 boneless skiness chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Peanut of vegetable oil for frying (about 8 cups)

Korean Chicken Glaze

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup hot water

Kimchi Slaw

  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 6 scallions
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • salt & pepper to taste

Assembly

  • 4 soft hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sriracha (less depending on how spicy you like it)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

For the chicken

  • Place chicjen on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet and season chicken with salt.
  • Mix flour and 2 tbsp salt in a medium bowl. Whisk gochujang paste and buttermilk in a seperate bowl. Working with one piece at a time, dedge all four chicken pieces in flour, turning to coat, shaking to remove excess flour and then return to rack; Pour 3 tablespoons of the buttermilk into the remaining flour and work in with your hands. Dip the chicken in the remaining buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then for the final dip coat the chicken in the moistened flour and pack it on to the chicken, gently shaking off the excess for the last time.
  • Pour oil into a large heavy pot fitted with thermometer to come halfway up sides. Heat over medium-high until thermometer registers 350°. Working in 2 batches, fry chicken, turning often and adjusting heat to maintain temperature, until deep golden brown, 5–8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a wire rack set over paper towels to drain.

For the glaze

  • For the sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a nonstick skillet and simmer until thickened slightly to the consistency of a glaze. Set aside. 

For the Kimchi Slaw

  • Remove dark green tops from scallions and thinly slice; set aside. Blend scallion bulbs, kimchi, kimchi juice, vinegar, Sriracha, fish sauce, and sesame oil in a blender until smooth. With motor running, very slowly stream in vegetable oil; blend until dressing is thick and airy. Set aside.

For Assembly

  • Heat a dry large skillet over medium. Brush cut sides of buns with butter and working in batches cook them cut side down until golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch.
  • Brush chicken with the gochujang glaze thoroughtly, making sure to get in every crevice. Mix mayo & sriracha in a small bowl, season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • To assemble the sandwiches, spread some sriracha mayo over cut sides of buns, and then build your sandwich with the korean fried chicken and kimchi slaw!

Notes

Fried chicken technique adapted from the Bon Appetite kitchen!

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