Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

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Many people enjoy making fried chicken at home, but have you ever tried a Korean version that’s tangy and delicious? Today, I’m sharing a copycat recipe for Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken that was worth every minute I spent in the kitchen.

I won’t say that Korean Fried Chicken is better than the classic version, but it’s definitely worth a try. It offers a crispy texture like traditional fried chicken but with a sweeter and tangier flavor that enhances the experience.

I love Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken, and I’ve been ordering it for years. It’s usually served with their macaroni salad and scoops of rice, The dish is made with a garlicky Korean-style sauce. Personally, I prefer using Yangnyeom Sauce because it adds more flavor and a glossy glaze, making it almost identical to the original dish served at Zippy’s.

What is Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken?

This is a Korean fried chicken dish known for its delicious crispy texture. Served at Zippy’s restaurants, this Korean-inspired fried chicken is typically served alongside creamy macaroni salad and fluffy scoops of rice. It turns tastier by using Yangnyeom Sauce to replicate the authentic Zippy’s experience at home, If you’re a fan of fried chicken and enjoy exploring new flavors, Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken is a must-try recipe you should try.

Ingredients

To make Zippy’s Korean fried chicken, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2-pound chicken pieces (drumsticks, wings, or thighs) I prefer drumsticks.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Yangnyeom Sauce
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Deep fryer or a large heavy-bottomed pot
  • Tongs
  • Baking sheet with a wire rack
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Paper towels

How to Make Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken Recipe?

Step 1:

In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Add the chicken pieces and coat them thoroughly. Let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Step 2:

In another bowl, whisk together eggs and cold water. Dip the marinated chicken pieces into the egg mixture, ensuring they are well coated.

Step 3:

In a deep fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). Make sure there’s enough oil to fully submerge the chicken pieces.

Step 4:

Fry the chicken in batches, avoiding overcrowding the pot. Cook until turns crispy, about 10-12 minutes.

Step 5:

Remove the chicken from the oil and place it on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack and paper towels to drain excess oil.

Step 6:

I use Yangnyeom Sauce and warm it up in a saucepan over low heat until it is slightly thickened and ready for coating.

Step 7:

In a large mixing bowl, add the fried chicken and pour the warm Yangnyeom Sauce over it. Toss the chicken pieces until they are evenly coated with the sauce.

Step 8:

Transfer the coated chicken to a serving plate. and Served with any vegetables and sides you like, Enjoy.

Some Tips!

  • Cold water helps create a crispier batter by preventing the gluten in the flour from developing too much.
  • You can Fry the chicken pieces twice for more exterior extra crispy.
  • Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels before coating them to help the batter adhere better.
  • I used Yangnyeom Sauce as it is the best sauce to make Korean fried chicken, But you can make a homemade sauce based on what you like, or look for another Korean sauce to use on this fried chicken.

How to Store Leftovers?

To store leftover Korean fried chicken, place it in a sealed container in the fridge. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the chicken on a rack over a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.

What to Eat with this Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken Recipe?

Usually, Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken is served alongside creamy macaroni salad, which provides a cool and creamy contrast to the crispy chicken. Scoops of steamed rice are also a staple, perfect for soaking up the delicious Korean sauce. Also consider adding some Korean-style pickled vegetables like kimchi, which adds a tangy and spicy taste that balances out the richness of the chicken. Also, you can add some sauces to the dish, such as spicy sauces like Dave’s Hot Chicken Sauce or a Raspberry Chipotle Sauce.

As for drinks, Korean fried chicken is often enjoyed with a cold Korean soju to make the dish a perfect Korean meal to enjoy.

FAQ

Can I bake instead of fry the chicken?

While frying gives the chicken its awesome crispy texture, you can bake the chicken in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and bake for about 30-35 minutes.

What is Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken made of?

Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken typically includes chicken pieces (such as drumsticks, wings, or thighs), flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, eggs, cold water, vegetable oil (for frying), and Yangnyeom Sauce.

Can I use an air fryer instead of deep frying?

While deep frying gives the crispiest results, you can achieve a similar texture with an air fryer as well.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked through?

Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C) to ensure it is fully cooked.

Conclusion

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Zippy’s Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

Recipe by CourtneyCourse: DinnerCuisine: korean, AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

450

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

Zippy's Korean Fried Chicken is a super crispy and delious mix of fried chicken and a tangy, sweet, and spicy sauce. Perfect for anyone who loves fried chicken with different flavors.

Ingredients

  • 2-pound chicken pieces (drumsticks, wings, or thighs) I prefer drumsticks.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup cold water

  • Yangnyeom Sauce

  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Directions

  • In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Add the chicken pieces and coat them thoroughly. Let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs and cold water. Dip the marinated chicken pieces into the egg mixture, ensuring they are well coated.
  • In a deep fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). Make sure there's enough oil to fully submerge the chicken pieces.
  • Fry the chicken in batches, avoiding overcrowding the pot. Cook until turns crispy, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the oil and place it on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack and paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • I use Yangnyeom Sauce and warm it up in a saucepan over low heat until it is slightly thickened and ready for coating.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the fried chicken and pour the warm Yangnyeom Sauce over it. Toss the chicken pieces until they are evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Transfer the coated chicken to a serving plate. and Served with any vegetables and sides you like, Enjoy.

Notes

  • Cold water helps create a crispier batter by preventing the gluten in the flour from developing too much.
  • You can Fry the chicken pieces twice. for more exterior extra crispy.
  • Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels before coating them to help the batter adhere better.
  • I used Yangnyeom Sauce as it is the best sauce to make Korean fried chicken, But you can make a homemade sauce based on what you like, or look for another Korean sauce to use on this fried chicken.
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