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Vegan Korean Fried Chicken

Vegan Korean Fried Chicken

This vegan Korean fried chicken is inspired by crispy Korean fried chicken, but vegan! It’s a super quick and easy recipe and can be made in under 20 mins using an air fryer!

In Korea, one of the popular dishes is crispy fried chicken, which is smothered in a sweet and spicy red sauce. Luckily the ingredients for the fried chicken sauce are vegan and so all we have to do is replace the meat with a plant-based alternative.

I’ll show you the best vegan meat to use and how to make delicious and crispy vegan Korean fried chicken!

Recipe for Vegan Korean Fried Chicken

Recipe for Vegan Korean Fried Chicken

To make vegan Korean fried chicken, you need to find a meaty alternative that’s vegan.

Luckily for us, we have something called Soy Curls, which basically replicates meat in such a great way! Soy curls replicate chicken in texture and even taste based on your seasoning! To make it crispy chicken, you just need a little corn starch, and it’ll become super crispy on the outside.

The Korean fried chicken sauce is very easy to make – simply by mixing a few ingredients together while the soy curls are cooking nicely in the air fryer. If don’t want to make the Korean sauce, of course, you can toss the crispy soy curls in any other type of sauce such as barbecue or buffalo. 

How To Make Korean Fried Chicken (vegan)

Ingredients

  • Soy curls
  • Corn starch

Korean Fried Chicken Sauce (vegan):

  • Gochujang (Korean Red Pepper Paste)
  • Maple Syrup or any plant-based syrup
  • Ketchup
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

The recipe is meat-free, dairy-free & nut-free!

To make this recipe gluten-free, use a different sauce with your fried soy curls that is gluten-free as Gochujang is typically not gluten-free. You can’t make the recipe soy-free since the main star, soy curls are made from soy but can try to experiment with a soy-free vegan alternative.


Vegan Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

How To Make Korean Fried Chicken (Vegan)

Begin making your vegan Korean fried chicken by soaking your dry soy curls in warm or hot water for about 5-10 minutes until completely softened. Drain and squeeze out excess water from your soy curls

Next, add soy curls into a large mixing bowl along with corn starch. Toss to coat. 

Air fry your coated soy curls at 370 degrees for 10-12 minutes, tossing halfway through. 

In the meantime, make your Korean fried chicken sauce by mixing together gochujang, maple syrup, and ketchup. Give it a good mix. Then add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix until smooth: soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and water.

Take the soy curls out of the air fryer and place them in a mixing bowl along with the sauce. Toss until well-coated. 

Plate and top with green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy the vegan Korean fried chicken on its own or with rice!

Vegan Korean Fried Chicken

Vegan Korean Fried Chicken

This vegan Korean fried chicken is inspired by crispy Korean fried chicken, but vegan! It's a super quick and easy recipe and can be made in under 20 mins using an air fryer!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean, Vegan
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 172kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Regular Bowl for mixing sauce

Ingredients

  • 100 grams soy curls dry
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp Gochujang Korean Red Pepper Paste
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup or any plant-based syrup
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 2 Green onions optional, but recommended
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame seeds optional, but recommended

Instructions

  • Begin making your vegan Korean fried chicken by soaking your dry soy curls in warm or hot water for about 5-10 minutes until completely softened. Drain and squeeze out excess water from your soy curls
  • Next, add soy curls into a large mixing bowl along with corn starch. Toss to coat. 
  • Air fry your coated soy curls at 370 degrees for 10-12 minutes, tossing halfway through. 
  • In the meantime, make your Korean fried chicken sauce by mixing together gochujang, maple syrup, and ketchup. Give it a good mix. Then add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix until smooth: soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and water.
  • Take the soy curls out of the air fryer and place them in a mixing bowl along with the sauce. Toss until well-coated. 
  • Plate and top with green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy the vegan Korean fried chicken on its own or with rice!

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg

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5 thoughts on “Vegan Korean Fried Chicken”

  1. 5 stars
    I came across this recipe and knew I had to try it. I’m not vegan but really enjoyed this one. This was spicy, but worth it!

  2. 5 stars
    I finally used my soy curls that have been in my pantry for ages! I’ve never had Korean spicy chicken but this was fantastic.

  3. 5 stars
    So good!!! I’ve never tried Korean fried chicken but this was absolutely delicious. The sauce is out of this world-not too spicy in my opinion.

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