There are many things that I miss about Korea. I miss my family the most, yes, but the food comes pretty close. When I went back in 2008 with my husband, I made sure I tried most of the food that I missed the most. Yangnyum chicken was one of them. Yangnyum chicken is one of the most popular “delivery” food in Korea. A lot of people order it for a night snack and I admit, it was my favorite night snack!
Although I’d never made Yangnyum chicken at home (I actually never thought of making it at home), since it’s one of the foods that I miss the most, I have been making it every once in a while. I don’t like to fry things at home but I just couldn’t get rid of my craving for the chicken so I made some for Sunday dinner.
I made half and half, some chicken just fried, some with sweet chili sauce. I really liked the batter. It tasted a lot like the Korean chicken I tasted back in Korea. So I was really happy with the result.
I loved the fried chicken without the sauce, too! It was seriously one of the best fried chicken!
The sauce has ketchup, mayo, soy sauce, etc. So the sauce is sweet and tangy, too!
So to make the yangnyum chicken;
1. Prepare chicken. I used 3 chicken breasts but you can use chicken breasts, thigh meat, wings, and drumsticks. In Korea, they use a whole chicken, just cut it all up and fry all the meat. Cut them into bite sized pieces.
2. Place the chicken in a large bowl, add
3 tablespoons rice wine (sake)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
pinch of salt and pepper
and stir well to mix.
3. Set aside for 20 minutes.
4. Add 1 1/2 cups tempura flour (튀김가루) to the chicken marinade. Add 1 egg white.
5. Stir well with a spoon or by hand until the chicken is coated evenly with the batter.
6. Add 1/2 cup flour (or Korean pancake mix 부침가루) to the chicken.
7. Shake the bowl to coat the chicken evenly with the flour.
8. Heat frying oil in a frying pan. It will take some time until the oil is ready. To see if it’s ready, drop a little bit of the batter in the oil. If the batter floats, making bubbles around it, it’s ready. Add half of the chicken into the frying pan and fry until the chicken floats and turns golden brown. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil or chili oil in a pan. Chop 2 green onions and 1 jalapeno peppers (seeded) and add them to the pan and stir, about 2 minutes. You can also add chopped carrots (about 1/2 cup) and 1/4 cup chopped onions as well. Make the sauce by adding;
4 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp minced garlic (about 2 large cloves)
2 1/2 tbsp honey
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp cayenne
to the pan and stir well.
2. Place fried chicken on paper towel to drain oil.
3. Add the chicken to the sauce and reduce heat to medium. Stir frequently until the chicken is coated with the sauce evenly. I used half of the fried chicken so you might have to double or even triple the sauce recipe if you want to use all of the fried chicken in the sauce.
4. Sprinkle with chopped or grated roasted peanuts if desired.
Pretty simple and easy. Just a little bit time consuming but my family was all very happy on Sunday night eating this meal.
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