Korean fried sticky chicken on a bed of noodles served in a bowl

The Noodle Cookbook: Healthy Korean Sticky Chicken recipe

Learn how to make this easy Korean sticky chicken recipe for your Friday night 'fakeaway'. This Mr Lee’s healthy makeover gives you that crunchy Korean fried chicken hit without the greasy comedown. We’ve covered the whole thing in a moreishly tangy sauce. Seriously, you could put this stuff on cardboard and it’d be gorgeous. *Note from Mr Lee’s lawyers: Please do not put the sauce on cardboard and eat it.


Korean 'Fried' Sticky Chicken

The Colonel’s Got Nothing on This


Serves 2 – Showing Off – Wok to wonderful in 30 minutes – Hero ingredient: sesame seeds and ginger



  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste, or 2 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
  • 250g (9oz) chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut into strips approx. 2–3cm (¾–1¼in) wide and 3–4cm (1¼–1½in) long
  • 8 tablespoons Korean breadcrumbs (ppanggaru), or use Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ tablespoon self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 120g (4¼oz) dried jajang noodles, or ramen noodles
  •  ¼ cucumber, deseeded and cut into 5cm (2in) batons


For the chicken marinade 

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean red pepper paste (gochujang)
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds, or use white


For the pour-over dressing

  • ½ tablespoon Korean red pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste, or use 1.5cm (5/8in) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice



1. Put the light soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic into a medium bowl and mix it all up well. Then add the chicken strips and mix, coating the chicken. Set aside for 5 minutes.

2. Now heat the vegetable oil in a wide frying pan(skillet) over a medium–high heat with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. While it’s heating, pour the breadcrumbs on to a small plate. Add the flour to the chicken mixture and mix. 

Then add the egg to the chicken mixture and mix, again so the chicken is completely coated. With one hand, take a piece of marinated chicken, letting any excess drip off, then roll it in the dry breadcrumbs to coat. Take your dry hand, dip the piece back into the batter, and then back into the breadcrumbs. Lay the piece of chicken straight into the hot pan, and repeat with the other pieces of chicken.

3. Fry the breaded chicken for 3–5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. When you turn the chicken, start with the first pieces you put into the pan, so they all get evenly cooked (you can check by cutting into a thick piece with a knife). Once the chicken pieces are cooked, place them on a plate with paper towel to absorb any extra oil.

4. Meanwhile, place a small saucepan of boiling water over a medium heat. Add the noodles and boil for 5 minutes, then drain well. Place the drained noodles into a mixing bowl and add the sauce ingredients, mixing it all up nicely. Divide the noodles between 2 serving plates. Add the chicken pieces and cucumber batons.

5. Mix together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the noodles, and you’re done. Don’t be shy, get stuck in!


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Mr Lees Team