Cooking on deadline: Korean fried chicken tenders

  • This November 2018 photo shows Korean fried chicken tenders in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Lucy Beni via AP)

In cities around the country with large Korean populations, you might find Korean fried chicken wings. With their shattery, thin crust and lacquered coating, they aren’t something you’re likely to eat just once and then say, “Well, that was satisfying, I’ll cross that off the old bucket list.”

You’ll probably dream about them until you eat them again.

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Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

30 minutes start to finish

Serves 6

For the Sauce:

5 gloves garlic

1 ½ -inch piece peeled ginger

1/3 cup less-sodium soy sauce

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon Gouchujang paste or Sriracha sauce, or to taste

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the Chicken:

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup rice flour (or an additional 1/3 cup all-purpose flour)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, as needed

2 pounds chicken tenders

Hot cooked rice to serve

In a blender or a food processor, finely mince the garlic and ginger. Add the soy sauce, sugar, Gochujang or Sriracha, rice vinegar and sesame oil, and puree. Heat the sauce in a small pot over medium heat for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the lemon juice and set aside.

In a shallow bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, rice flour, salt and pepper. Line a plate with paper towels.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken tenders in the seasoned flour mixture in batches, and cook them for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Make sure they have space between them in the pan so that they brown nicely. Transfer them to the paper towel-lined plate when they are cooked, and repeat until all of the chicken is cooked.

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Transfer the chicken to a platter and use a spoon to sprinkle some or all of the thick sauce over it, or pass the sauce on the side for dipping.

Pass the rice and any remaining sauce.