Fried Chicken Wings with Pickled Daikon

These wings are hot, sweet, salty and hugely popular. The marinated daikon gives a nice vinegar kick that contrasts with the crispness of the chicken. The longer the daikon pickles, the more intense the flavor.

Recipe courtesy Esther Choi for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 26 hr 5 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 25 hr
Cook: 40 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gochujang (Korean red chile paste)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger (about one 1/4-inch piece)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 8 cups canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups ice water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken wings (about 14 pieces), split and tips removed
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 2 scallions, chopped on an angle, for garnish
  • Pickled Daikon, recipe follows
PICKLED DAIKON:
  • 1 large daikon radish (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
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Directions

Whisk together the gochujang, honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and lemon juice in a small saucepan until completely blended and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sauce thickens to the consistency of pudding, for 7 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until the oil reaches a temperature of 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, whisk together the ice water, cornstarch, flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl until no lumps remain. Add the chicken and toss to coat.

Using a spider or slotted spoon, lift the chicken pieces out of the batter one at a time, letting the excess batter drip back into the bowl, and drop into the oil. Fry in two batches, 7 to 8 wings at a time, until lightly brown, for 7 to 8 minutes each batch. Adjust the heat so that the oil remains at 350 degrees F. Transfer the cooked chicken to a wire rack.

Using a pastry brush, generously paint each wing with the gochujang sauce. Be careful not to smother the wings in sauce or they will lose their crispy texture.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve immediately with Pickled Daikon.
Put the daikon in a medium bowl and toss with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let stand for 30 minutes, and then rinse with cold water and pat dry.

Put the sugar, vinegar, 1 cup water, the garlic and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Remove and discard the garlic.

Pack the daikon into a container with a tight-fitting lid, cover with the liquid and seal. Allow to marinate at room temperature for at least 1 day or up to 2, and then refrigerate. Serve as a side dish or accompaniment to any fried chicken dish.

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