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Korean Fried Chicken Sauce Recipe
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Korean Fried Chicken Sauce
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  • READY IN 45 mins

Korean Fried Chicken Sauce

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"This is my take on the classic Korean fried chicken sauce. I like to add lots of green onion and garlic, and not cook this quite as long. The result is a sauce with those ingredients a little more in the flavor profile's forefront. Try to find Korean chili flakes and/or paste if you can. I've used them before and the flavor is great (and obviously more authentic), but if you can't, any hot chili flakes or paste will work."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    45 mins


  1. Whisk ketchup, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, honey, chile-garlic sauce, red pepper flakes, and black pepper together in a saucepan over medium-high heat; add enough water to reach desired sauce consistency. Bring sauce to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thick and flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature and season with salt.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Everything in this recipe is to taste, so adjust until you think it's balanced between sweet, sour, and spicy.

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May 03, 2015

very good with the Korean fried chicken. i thought it was going to be too spicy for the sensitive people at the table, but it was well received by all.

Feb 03, 2015

It wasn't what I expected. On a positive note my daughter liked the chicken but not that sauce.


7 Ratings

Jan 09, 2015

OMG tasty!! The Korean Fried Chicken Sauce is made to go with Chef John's Korean Fried Chicken - also listed on this site. This sauce is VERY hot and we love spicy, however, 1 tsp. of red pepper flakes is a nice amount of heat. If you don't tolerate heat at all I suggest you leave it out altogether, do a taste test and add a tiny amount if you feel it needs a little heat. I made a double batch and only used 1/4 tsp because my daughter doesn't tolerate spicy, and it still had a little bite to it but she said it was tolerable. You can always add more red pepper flakes to individual servings for those who do want more spice so others can enjoy a less spicy sauce. I use half sweet chili sauce and half Sambal Oelek chili sauce (which is spicier than sweet chili sauce) which can be found at your local Asian market. Sweet Chili Sauce can be found in most supermarkets in the Asian section. I also think it had too much lemon juice but he does say adjust to your taste. I had to add 2 tsp of sugar to offset the tartness, so next time I'll start with 1/2 juiced lemon and taste test. Like he said it needs to have a nice balance of sweet, sour and spicy. If you like fried chicken you have to try this recipe! We served it with some fried rice and stir-fry vegetables. Fabulous recipe! YOU WILL LOVE THIS SAUCE!!

Sep 04, 2014

Made as is but with chili powder and more red pepper flakes. Great with Panko crusted baked chicken.


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  • Calories
  • 50 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 331 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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