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Korean Baked chicken with green onions and sesame seeds on a white plate.

Korean Baked Chicken

Korean Baked Chicken is a FLAVOR BOMB! No bland here! Crispy baked chicken basted with a spicy gochujang sauce...win win win!!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Servings 4 people
Calories 676 kcal


  • Wire rack to place chicken on


  • 5 lb Chicken drumsticks with skin on can sub chicken wings
  • 4 tablespoon baking powder I used Rumford baking powder (split)
  • 2 ts salt split
  • olive oil use a little for oiling the wire rack so the chicken doesn't stick

Sauce Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoon gochujang
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce I used Kikkoman


  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • 2 green onions sliced, for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 425F. While preheating remove the chicken to rest at room temp around 30 minutes. Pat dry the chicken drumsticks with paper towels. Try to remove as much moisture as you can.
    Chicken drumsticks on a white plate with a hand using a brown paper towel to pat dry the chicken.
  • REPEAT THIS STEP TWICE, USING HALF OF THE DRUMSTICKS, BAKING POWDER, AND SALT EACH TIME. Mix 2 tablespoon baking powder and 1 ts salt in a large ziplock bag. Coat the drumsticks with this mixture. Try to ensure even coating as much as possible. Shake off excess baking powder and salt.
    Chicken drumsticks covered with baking powder in a plastic zip bag.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack. I placed my wire rack on top of a roasting tin that was lined with aluminum foil. You can also place it over a large baking dish to catch the drips.
    chicken drumsticks on a wire rack
  • Roast the chicken for approximately 1 hr in your 425F oven. I recommend turning the chicken every 20 minutes or so. Check a few times to ensure no burning, etc.
    fried chicken on a rack
  • Meanwhile, create your sauce! Mix the sauce ingredients: gochujang, rice wine vinegar, garlic, honey, and sauce sauce in a small bowl. Leave aside until the chicken has finished baking.
    Gochujang Based Sauce
  • Once the chicken is finished baking SMOTHER it with the sauce! You can either baste the chicken with a baster, or toss everything together in a large bowl until the chicken is well coated. Tossing by hand is the easiest and best way! Best to wear some food gloves if you have them!
    Korean Baked chicken with green onions and sesame seeds on a white plate.


The time to cook your chicken may be a little more or less than one hour depending on the size of your drumsticks. You can use a meat thermometer, such as Meater, to ensure that your meat is cooked safely to an internal temperature of 165F.
Enjoy this delicious Korean Baked Chicken with rice, kimchi, and some cold Korean beer!  Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.  Be warned...it's hard to stop eating these!  Enjoy :-)


Calories: 676kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 69gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 349mgSodium: 3088mgPotassium: 995mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 283IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 782mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Fried Chicken, korean food
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