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Korean Vampire Chicken

No need to watch mukbangs with envy – this Korean vampire chicken recipe is the real deal and easy to make at home. Loaded with garlic and spice, it’s crunchy and lip-tingling all at the same time. Fried chicken that’s scary good.

30 minutes + overnight marinade
20 minutes

1 large whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces (watch Marion’s video on how to break down a whole chicken)

vegetable oil, for deep-frying


Dry brine:

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp ground white pepper

1 tbsp gochugaru*

1 tsp onion powder

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tsp grated ginger


Vampire sauce:

¼ cup gochugaru

2 tbsp gochujang*

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp chicken stock

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

8 cloves garlic, finely chopped


Spicy chicken coating:

1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour

⅓ cup cornflour (cornstarch)

¼ cup gochugaru

2 tsp white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sea salt


Milk batter:

250ml (8.75 fl oz) whole milk

1 egg

  • Step 1

    Using a sharp knife, separate the 10 pieces of chicken into 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 wings and 2 breasts (halve these so you have 4 breast pieces). Place the chicken pieces into a large clean mixing bowl ready to dry brine. Sprinkle over the salt, pepper, gochugaru and onion powder, followed by the garlic and ginger. Mix everything together until evenly coated. Cover the bowl with cling film, then place the bowl of chicken in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. (If you aren’t able to marinate overnight, try making some slashes into the meat of the chicken before marinating, then leave in the fridge for 2 hours.)

  • Step 2

    In a separate bowl, make the vampire sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together. Pour in ¼ cup boiling water and mix again – this is a fast way to cook the sauce without using another saucepan. Leave aside until ready to serve.

  • Step 3

    Time to make the spicy chicken coating. In a large mixing bowl or rectangular container, whisk together all the ingredients. Set aside until ready to use.

  • Step 4

    To make the milk batter, use another large mixing bowl and whisk together the milk, egg and ¼ cup of the spicy chicken coating flour mixture. This creates a wet brine effect to help the coating mixture stick.

  • Step 5

    Preheat a wok filled one-third of the way up with oil over medium heat. The oil is ready to use when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil makes small bubbles.

  • Step 6

    Remove the chicken from the refrigerator. One at a time, place a chicken piece into the milk batter mixture and ensure it’s coated, then place it into the flour mixture. Continue until all your chicken pieces are in the flour mixture, then press the flour onto all sides of the chicken. Once everything is well coated and craggy, place the pieces onto a separate clean tray ready to fry.

  • Step 7

    Cook chicken, 2 or 3 pieces at a time, in the hot oil for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oil onto a clean wire rack over a tray lined with a paper towel. Brush the vampire sauce all over the chicken pieces and eat while warm.

  • Notes

    – Gochugaru are Korean red pepper chilli flakes. Find them online or from an Asian grocery store.

    – Gochujang is a Korean fermented chili paste. It can be found in the Asian aisle at most supermarkets or order it online.

Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite. Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite.

What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)
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Just like at the restaurant!!

March 11, 2024

Lots of steps but so worth it. Felt a little, teeny, weeny bit guilty but it tasted sooo good.

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November 16, 2023

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Best KFC I've made

October 21, 2022

Tried this out for family dinner night, it was a hit! The sauce is a flavour bomb, chicken was crispy and juicy. Everyone loved it! One my favourite recipes from Marion (and I’ve got quite a few of those!)

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