Korean Food Of The Month Club: Yangnyeom Chicken

Welcome valued customer to the prestigious OneHallyu Food of the Month Club.

Each month we will bring you a different piece of delicious Korean food or drink for your visual pleasure.

Also you can totally then find recipes or places that sell them and try them.

This weeks delicious food is one of my personal favourites, 양념 치킨 (Yangnyeom chicken).


Yangyeom Chicken is battered chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce. It is one of the recipes that I have seen the most variation on.

The batter is usually a traditional Korean batter which is thin and light, but can also use batters more traditional to the country it is being made in.

Even the chicken varies, with some people using pieces on the bone and others using chunks. I prefer to use chunks of chicken.

The sauce itself varies greatly in recipes and I would strongly recommend changing the recipe as you see fit to suit your tastes. Sometimes we worry so much about ‘authenticity’ in our cooking that we forget that, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that we enjoy the food.


Serves: 4 (If you aren’t a fatty like me)


1 Lb / 500 G chicken breast

Vegetable oil (for deep-frying)

1 Egg


0.5 cup potato starch powder

0.25 cup plain flour

0.25 cup sweet rice flour

1 tsp baking soda


4 cloves minced garlic

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp  vinegar

0.5 cup tomato ketchup

0.33 cup golden syrup

0.25 cup hot pepper paste


1. Slice the chicken breast into 3 inch strips.

2. Mix chicken, potato starch powder, plain flour,  sweet rice flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and the egg together in a bowl until all the chicken is evenly coated.

3. Deep fry the chicken in either a wok or deep fat fryer over a high heat for 10 minutes. If using a wok, wait until the oil bubbles if you dip the chicken in it. Make sure all the chicken pieces are separate before frying!

3. Remove chicken from oil and shake through a strainer, allow to sit for 4-5 minutes.

4. Return chicken to fryer and cook for a further ten minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

5. Whilst this is frying (or after) place the minced garlic,  vegetable oil(1 tbsp), vinegar, tomato ketchup, golden syrup and hot pepper paste in to a small frying pan and simmer the mixture whilst stirring for 7 minutes. (Be careful not to burn the sauce).

6. Once done, mix the chicken and sauce together in a bowl ’til the chicken is coated.

 7.  Serve with rice and Kimchi.

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Need advice on the recipe or a substitution? Let me know in the comments!

OneHallyu Blogger and Author of Kpop website HallyuNoona.com

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  • Loser

    Cook for me too senpai!

    • If I could cook for everyone I totally would. I love cooking. In fact the first picture was my actual dinner tonight 😛

  • Amanda

    omg i miss this from korea

    with beer


  • Ash

    Was not aware of a korean food of the month club, love it.

    • I just started it today, I thought it would be a fun name for the series of posts!

  • valyyn

    Can confirm – this recipe is amazing!

  • Holke

    I wonder if I could make a vegan variation substituting seitan for the chicken and vegg for the egg… hm..

    • I can’t speak for the taste but I believe seitan is a meat substitute so should work? Vegg probably won’t work for the egg replacement as as far as I know it’s an egg yolk replacer, you could use any vegan batter you know of to replace the whole batter step though if that helps?

    • Affogato

      You can use tofu instead chicken 😉