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Spicy Korean Fried Chicken (Yangnyeom Dak)

One of the many Korean street food recipes that you can cook with air fryer. Spicy Korean Fried Chicken - which a very popular in Malaysia, known as Yangnyeom Dak!
Spicy Korean Fried Chicken (Yangnyeom Dak)

For the Chicken

  • 700gram boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 120gram cornstarch

For the Sauce

  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 3 tbsp gochujang
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 4 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)


  • Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat the chicken. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes or overnight.
  • Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl.
  • Put the cornstarch in a separate shallow bowl.
  • Dunk the chicken pieces first in the egg and then in the cornstarch to coat.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 200 Celcius.
  • Arrange the coated chicken pieces on the parchment paper in the air fryer.
  • Once all of the chicken is coated and arranged in the air fryer, spritz or brush the chicken with a bit of cooking oil.
  • Air fry the chicken at 200 Celcius for 8 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces over, spritz or brush with a bit more oil, and then cook for another 7 minutes at 200 Celcius.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. In a small bowl, stir together the ketchup, gochujang paste, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic until well combined.
  • When the chicken is finished air frying, transfer it to a medium bowl and toss with the sauce.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions, if desired.