Korean (Gochujang) Wings

Korean (Gochujang) Wings

Trying to cook or meal prep healthy, but tired of the same old baked chicken? This sauce is packed full of flavors, and it super easy to make! It will be sure to stick into your rotation for personal prep, or bust it out for a party to impress people with the depths of your flavors!

I like to eat delicious things, but don’t have a lot of time to spend 2 hours every night cooking one spectacular dish. Often times, I am looking for something that can be made for a weeks worth of meals, and not get tiresome. Chicken is mainstay for meal preppers across the lands, but can get boring very quickly. Behold the delicious flavors of Gochujang chicken. This sticks in my rotation of weekly meal preps from time to time, because it’s so easy to prepare and bake a week’s worth of chicken. Fix up a couple different sides to swap out with it, and you’ll be sure to be a happy camper with the flavors all week.

The sauce itself is so versatile, it can be used in a variety of different ways. Just with the chicken, the recipe is originally written for wings, but as you can see I made a last minute audible to do quarters instead to get more meat for my weekly meal prep. It works great for wings, thighs, quarters, you could absolutely even do a whole chicken. It would also go well on pork, fish, and tofu! I have been meaning to try this as a coating for smoked proteins as well, as I have a sneaking suspicion this would make an amazing smoked salmon.

As for what to plate it with, the world is your oyster! I went with a pickle cabbage and onion “slaw” for something light to balance out the depth of the chicken and flavors. If you are making wings, the old reliable carrots and celery are always a great choice to keep the meal nutritious and healthy. Other options could be rice and beans, tots or any potato, or if you want a cheat a little bit, this goes amazing with some Mac N Cheese.

Ingredients:

The Sauce

    • This one may be the difficult one to find for some. Check the ethnic section of your grocery store for your best bet. The generic name of it will be something along the lines of hot/spicy red pepper paste. If you can’t find it there, I highly recommend visiting a local international grocery store and try new things!
    • If possible, use low sodium soy sauce. As you can see in this one, I used regular soy sauce because I’m a dummy and forgot to restock on low sodium. I ended up not adding a bit of salt to my marinade, and felt it was a touch too salty just from the soy sauce. You can always add more salt to this recipe, but you cannot take it out, so that’s why the low sodium is usually the better bet.
    • White Wine Vinegar is the direction I went, but really your options are open. Rice wine vinegar would be the “correct” type of vinegar in this recipe if we were being technical, but if for instance you were doing pork I would go with Apple Cider Vinegar. Really up to you.
    • Yes, you can use lime juice, but there really is a drastic difference in getting fresh limes and using them instead
    • Same with the garlic, powder will suffice, but won’t pack the flavor profile. If you have the opportunity to roast your garlic first, it will give even more depth to the sauce. DO NOT use garlic SALT and regular soy sauce, it will be a salt overkill
    • Again, fresh ginger is always going to be a better option than the powder. This is the one flavor that could be new to a lot of people, so if you have not cooked with ginger a ton before, you may want to start with half the amount here. Ginger adds a lot of balance to the sauce overall, so try to avoid omitting it entirely.

The Garnish

“Garnish” is used very lightly here, as these two items add really important elements to the dish. The hemp seeds is where your texture is going to come from, especially with baking chicken. The scallions give lightness to make it the perfect bite.

The Vessel

Wings, thighs, quarters, whole chickens, pork, veal, salmon, trout, tofu, this is going to work on a lot of things. For the amount pictured in this recipe, it was double the chicken (~6/7 pounds), and thus double the sauce measurements.

 

Instructions:

Gochujang Sauce

  • Mince garlic and grate ginger into a paste. If using powders, rings your bell once and say shame and use on to the next step.
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and whisk well to incorporate. It should have a very vibrant red / dark orange color.

  • Adjust balance to taste. This is very much going to be on a per person level. Using powders or juices instead of fresh ingredients may require a little extra of them to balance out the sauce.

Chicken

  • Coat chicken thoroughly with sauce. Top, bottom, under, and over. If there’s any extra left keep it for your halfway bake point to add to any spots that are lacking.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked through. You will want to flip your chickens about halfway through, and potentially rotate pans 3/4 of the way through depending on your oven. Keep and eyeball on things and make sure it’s cooked all the way through!

  • Serve with hemp seeds and green onions as garnish on top, and pick your favorite side(s) to accompany. Pictured is a pickled red cabbage and onion slaw.

 

Recipe:

Korean (Gochujang) Wings

This smoky and spicy sauce packs a flavorful punch, and is a great new way for you to prepare chicken or other proteins!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Sauce
Servings: 4 people
Author: Jesse
Cost: 10

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Oven
  • Pans
  • Knife & Cutting Board

Ingredients

The Sauce

  • 8 tbsp Gochujang Paste
  • 5 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Hemp Seed Oil
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Lime
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Pepper

The Garnish

  • Hemp Seeds
  • Scallions Optional, but adds presentation and flavor

The Vessel

  • 2-3 Pounds Chicken Wings

Instructions

Gochujang Sauce

  • Mince garlic and grate ginger into a paste
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and wisk well to incorporate
  • Adjust balance to taste

Chicken

  • Coat chicken thoroughly with sauce
  • Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked through
  • Serve with hemp seeds and green onions

Looking to try this recipe at home? The first step is of course making sure you have all of the necessary ingredients! We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t suggest you consider purchasing the Hemp Seeds or the Hemp Oil from us. And while you’re at it, feel free to browse our entire line of Hemp Foods available.

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