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Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken

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Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken - The Crispiness You Crave!

Ah, Korean fried chicken - crispy, juicy, spicy, and oh-so-addictive! Maybe you've had it at a Korean restaurant, but have you tried making it at home? And with an air fryer? That's right, folks, we're taking this popular dish and giving it a healthy twist. But can you really cook Korean fried chicken in an air fryer? Let's find out!

Can You Really Cook Korean Fried Chicken in an Air Fryer?

The answer is a resounding YES! The air fryer is a game-changer when it comes to making crispy foods without all the oil. And Korean fried chicken is no exception. In fact, the air fryer gives you that satisfying crunch on the outside while keeping the meat tender and juicy on the inside.

For this recipe, you'll need:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup gochujang (Korean chili paste)

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.

  2. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Place the cornstarch in a shallow dish and the eggs in another shallow dish. Beat the eggs.

  4. Dip each chicken piece into the cornstarch, then into the egg, shaking off any excess.

  5. Place the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may need to do this in batches.

  6. Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

  7. In the meantime, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the gochujang, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Cook over low heat for a few minutes until the sauce is thick and bubbly.

  8. Once the chicken is cooked, toss it with the sauce until completely coated.

  9. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Pro Tips and Variations:

  • If you want extra crispy chicken, you can spray the chicken with cooking spray before placing it in the air fryer.

  • For a milder sauce, you can use less gochujang or mix it with ketchup or sweet chili sauce.

  • If you don't have gochujang, you can substitute it with any other chili paste or sauce.

  • You can serve the Korean fried chicken with rice, pickled radish, and a cold beer.

There you have it, folks - air fryer Korean fried chicken that's crispy, juicy, and spicy. And the best part? It's healthier and easier than deep-frying. Whether you're a Korean food enthusiast or just a fried food lover, this recipe will satisfy your cravings. So grab your air fryer and let's get cooking!

For more delicious Chicken Recipes for your Air Fryer, head over to our Chicken Main Page.



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