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Korean Fried Chicken

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

After last week's amazing Japanese Fried Chicken there was no way that I wasn't going to try this Korean Fried Chicken from Quick and Easy Korean Cookings by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee. Small chunks of chicken, marinated, dipped in cornstarch, deep fried, and coated in a sweet-spicy sauce? Sign me up.

This version begins with little pieces of chicken marinating in shredded onion and garlic. It's then coated in a super sticky batter of eggs, cornstarch, and water, and fried until crackly brown. The sauce that the chicken is coated with is a bright mix of ketchup and chile paste with sugar and lemon juice for even more sweetness and acid.

This KFC is a little gooier than others that I've tried but has the same sweet and spicy flavor that makes it almost impossible to stop eating. The combination of boneless chicken and sweet, ketchupy sauce makes it almost like a Korean-accented General Tso's chicken—totally a guilty pleasure.

Adapted from Quick and Easy Korean Cookings by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee. Copyright © 2009. Published by Chronicle Books. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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