Turn Up the Heat With Khanh Ong’s Korean Fire Chicken
Fire up the stove and bring a bit of heat into your life (and mouth).
The chilly weather has set in, so we’re bringing you those recipes to warm you from the inside out. Two-time MasterChef and Survivor legend Khanh Ong has whipped up a Korean Fire Chicken that could possibly blow your socks off.
Made with KFC’s iconic wicked wings, this recipe is loaded with flavour and spice. Starting with KFC Wicked Wings (a personal fave for Khanh), the dish is complete with garlic, ginger, chilli, then traditional Korean ingredients—gochutgaru and gochujang, Korean rice syrup, fresh lemonade, Korean rice cakes—topped off with mozzarella.
So, if you’re in the mood to blow your tastebuds into another universe and create a recipe that will send you viral on TikTok, what are you waiting for?
Here’s the recipe.
KFC’s Korean Fire Chicken Recipe
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 10 KFC Wicked Wings
- 3 tbsp veg oil
- 5-10 large garlic cloves minced
- 2 tsp ginger minced
- 1 long red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup of gochutgaru (can be substituted for a mix of sweet and smokey paprika)
- 3 tbsp of gochujang
- 1 cup of sparkling lemonade
- 1⁄3 cup of Korean rice syrup (can be substituted for rice malt syrup, or 1⁄2 the amount of maple syrup)
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 cup sliced Korean rice cakes
- 150g mozzarella
- 2 spring onions finely sliced
- 1 tsp of toasted sesame seeds
- In a cast-iron deep skillet, add oil on medium heat.
- After your oil is heated, add your garlic and ginger. Cook for one minute, stirring throughout.
- Add your chilli and black pepper and cook for approx. 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Add the gochutgaru, then gochujang, lemonade, rice syrup and soy sauce. Cook on a rapid simmer (lightly bubbling) for 5-8 minutes, until the sauce, looks like it’s reduced to half its original size.
- While your sauce is reducing, lightly fry your rice cakes in a drizzle of oil over medium heat. When they’re slightly crispy, remove them from the heat.
- In a large bowl, toss your KFC Wicked Wings and fried rice cakes in the fire sauce, then arrange everything back in your skillet.
- Turn your oven onto the grill setting. Top the skillet with mozzarella cheese and pop into an oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted with browned patches (the good, toasty stuff).
- Remove from the oven and garnish with spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.
If you need help, here is a video so you can follow Khanah’s step-by-step guide to this wicked recipe.