Ultimate Korean fried chicken with pickled radish


This fried chicken combines the wonderful flavours of Korea. Serve with pickled radish and a duo of sauces for a mouthwatering meal.


For the pickled radish

For the coating

For the batter

For the red chilli sauce

To garnish


  1. For the pickled radish, put the rice vinegar, sugar, salt and 110ml/3¾fl oz water in a bowl. Whisk until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the radish and toss to coat. Cover and leave at room temperature for 24 hours, then place in the fridge.

  2. For the coating, put the cornflour, salt, baking powder and pepper in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the chicken and toss well until evenly coated. Transfer the chicken to a rack, shaking well to get rid of any excess coating. Leave to rest for 1 hour in the fridge.

  3. Pour enough oil into a large casserole dish to reach a depth of 5cm/2in. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat until it reaches 175C/350F (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  4. For the batter, mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the wet ingredients and 235ml/8¼fl oz water together. Just before frying, whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture. The consistency should be relatively thin and runny.

  5. Dip each piece of chicken into the batter, letting excess batter drip off. Suspend the chicken in the oil for a couple of seconds for it to set before letting it slip completely into the oil. You may need to do this in batches.

  6. Fry the chicken for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to drain.

  7. For the red chilli sauce, put all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking well to make sure ingredients are dissolved and incorporated.

  8. Place the chicken and pickled radishes on a serving plate with the sauce. Garnish with fresh chives and sesame seeds.

Recipe Tips

It is important to suspend the chicken in the oil for a couple of seconds for it to set before letting it slip completely into the oil. Otherwise the chicken will fall and stick to the bottom of the pot.