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Spicy Fried Chicken Drumsticks with Hoisin Gochujang Sauce

Video Title: Spicy Fried Chicken Drumsticks with Hoisin Gochujang Sauce
Video Duration: 2:16
The dipping sauce in this recipe combines palate-pleasing elements of umami, sweetness, and spiciness to enhance the flavour of the marinated chicken.
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 15 min



1 lb skinless chicken drumsticks
½ yellow onion, grated
1 tbsp ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds


¾ cup cornstarch
½ cup flour
¾ tsp baking powder
1 tsp white sugar
½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp salt
1 cup very cold water, or as needed
2 l vegetable oil for frying

Dipping Sauce

½ cup Hoisin sauce
¼ cup gochujang
2 green onions, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced, or more to taste
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp chili-garlic sauce (such as sambal), or to taste
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
¼ cup water, or as needed
1 pinch salt

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Stir onion, garlic, ginger, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl.

  2. Add chicken and coat well.

  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 4 hours to overnight.

  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 340ºF (170ºC).

  5. Whisk cornstarch, flour, baking powder, sugar, ½ tsp black pepper, and ½ tsp salt together in a large bowl.

  6. Gradually whisk ice water into flour until mixture resembles a smooth pancake batter.

  7. Place chicken in batter and stir to coat chicken completely.

  8. Working in batches, cook chicken in preheated oil for 4 minutes. Transfer cooked chicken to a cooling rack.

  9. Increase oil temperature in the deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375ºF (190ºC).

  10. Working in batches, cook chicken again in hot oil until golden brown and crispy on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Transfer to a wire rack to drain.

  11. To serve, place fried chicken drumsticks on a platter and drizzle with dipping sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame. Serve with rice.

Nutrition Info

Per 346 g serving Amount
Protein30 g
Fat12 g
Saturated Fat2.0 g
Carbohydrate74 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar23 g
Cholesterol90 mg
Sodium1960 mg
Per 346 g serving % Daily Value