spicy Korean fried chicken sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a really great fried chicken sandwich? I mean, come on. What’s not to love about a crispy, crunchy, juicy, spicy piece of bird that is fried to perfection sitting on a soft brioche bun with crunchy pickles and tangy slaw? I’m literally making my mouth water all over again. These sandwiches are that and MORE. I threw up a poll in my Instagram stories on Monday in an attempt to gauge what my followers wanted to see me make and both were hot contenders, but the fried chicken sandwich took the cake. And boy am I glad that it did. These were giant, messy sandwiches in the best way possible. You know the old Carl’s Jr. adage, “If it doesn’t get all over the place, it doesn’t belong in your face”? If we are following those standards, these definitely belong in your face.
So what makes these sandwiches specifically Korean? Don’t get me wrong, these are like American-Korean fusion sandwiches and are in no way “authentic”. However, I wanted to incorporate some classic Korean ingredients which really look these sandwiches to the next level. First, there’s kimchi in the slaw. Kimchi is delicious fermented cabbage which is equal parts tangy and a little spicy. It’s got tons of probiotic benefits but most importantly, it’s just super tasty and really adds something to an otherwise classic slaw. The sauce. This is really where the magic is. The sauce is like a sweet, tangy and spicy glaze that utilizes both gochugaru (Korean chili powder) and gochujang (korean chili paste). Neither of these ingredients are too spicy, but they have a little heat and tons of flavor. The pickles are really similar to the little cucumber salad you would munch on in a Korean bbq restaurant as part of the banchan, a collection of small sides served alongside Korean bbq. It may seem like there’s a lot of work to this recipe, but I swear it’s easy. You can make the slaw and “pickles” ahead of time. Marinate the chicken in the morning and then when you get home all you have to do is fry the chicken and make the sauce. Excellent fried chicken sandwiches make a great weeknight meal, let me tell you!
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