Korean Chicken Wings (Baked!)
These Korean Chicken Wings are utterly addicting and way easier, less messy and healthier than fried Korean Chicken Wings – but with ALL the sweet heat flavor. This Korean Chicken Wings recipe is the perfect appetizer for game night or parties and can be prepped ahead of time then baked when it’s GO-TIME! The wings are first rubbed with a simple spice rub of ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper then enveloped in a beautifully rich, sticky Korean BBQ sauce that takes just minutes to whisk together then about 5 minutes to simmer until the consistency of barbecue sauce. The emerging Korean Chicken Wings are the perfect balance of scrumptious sweet, spicy, savory AKA the definition of finger-lickin’good!
Gochujang is the primary flavor in this Korean Chicken Wings recipe, so please don’t substitute it for any other ingredient – especially because it is so easy to find! Gochujang should be easy to find in the Asian section of your grocery store, I use Annie Chun’s Gochujang Sauce. It is located in the Asian section of my grocery store, but you can also easily buy it on Amazon (LOVE Amazon prime!). I do recommend looking to see what Annie Chun’s Gochujang Sauce looks like so you can easily spot it at the grocery store.
These Korean Chicken Wings are is supposed to have a kick. As written, the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons gochujang which is medium spicy – perfect for anyone who likes some heat. If you know you don’t like heat or want to make this Korean Chicken Wings recipe kid friendly, then use 2 tablespoons gochujang and reduce the sugar by one tablespoon. Alternatively, if you know you LOVE heat, then amp up to 4 tablespoons gochujang.
I honestly don’t find air frying these Korean Chicken Wings beneficial because they get plenty crispy in the oven – which is all we need before drenching them in the sauce. Using the oven method, you can cook all of the chicken at once, verses the air fryer which will require several batches. It is best to save the air fryer for when you really need that crackling crunch.
These Korean Chicken Wings can easily be prepped ahead of time.
These Korean Chicken Wings freeze well because they are “sticky” wings verses “crispy” wings. To freeze: