Seoul's Sweet Heat: Yangnyeom Chicken (Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken)


Dive into the heart of Korean street food with Seoul's Sweet Heat: Yangnyeom Chicken. This dish is a tantalizing blend of crispy fried chicken coated in a lusciously sweet and spicy sauce. Each bite offers a crunch that gives way to a burst of flavors - a delightful balance of sweetness, heat, and a hint of tang, making it an irresistible treat for your taste buds.

Seoul's Sweet Heat: Yangnyeom Chicken (Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Serving Size: 3-4 pieces per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 490 kcal
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Sodium: 950mg
  • Cholesterol: 90mg



  • 800g (1.76 lbs or 28.22 oz) chicken wings or drumettes


  • 100g (3.53 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 100g (3.53 oz) cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 240ml (8.12 oz) cold water
  • Salt to taste

Yangnyeom Sauce

  • 60ml (2.03 oz) ketchup
  • 30ml (1.01 oz) gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 40g (1.41 oz) honey
  • 30ml (1.01 oz) soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20g (0.71 oz) brown sugar
  • 10ml (0.34 oz) sesame oil

For Frying

  • Vegetable oil

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Make the Batter: Mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cold water, and salt in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Prep the Chicken: Clean and pat dry the chicken. Dip in the batter.
  3. Fry the Chicken: Heat oil to 175°C (350°F) and fry the chicken until golden and crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Drain on a wire rack.
  4. Prepare the Sauce: Combine ketchup, gochujang, honey, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and sesame oil in a saucepan. Simmer until thickened.
  5. Coat the Chicken: Toss the fried chicken in the sauce until well-coated.
  6. Serve: Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Double Fry for Extra Crunch: Fry the chicken twice for a crunchier texture.
  • Sauce Consistency: Adjust the thickness of the sauce by simmering longer for a thicker consistency.
  • Balanced Flavors: Taste and adjust the sauce as needed for a perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use boneless chicken?

Yes, boneless chicken can be used; adjust cooking time as needed.

Is it very spicy?

The spice level can be adjusted by altering the amount of gochujang.

Can I make it ahead of time?

It's best served fresh, but you can prep the sauce ahead and fry the chicken when ready to serve.