Chimaek - Famous Korean Fried Chicken


Chimaek is a popular Korean combination of fried chicken (chikin) and beer (maekju).It has become a beloved cultural phenomenon in South Korea. Here's a recipe for Chimaek along with the ingredients and cooking instructions:


For Fried Chicken:

- 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (or you can use chicken wings or chicken thighs)

- 1 cup of all-purpose flour

- 1/2 cup of cornstarch

- 1 teaspoon of salt

- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

- Vegetable oil for frying

For Seasoning Sauce:

- 4 tablespoons of gochujang (Korean red chili paste)

- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

- 2 tablespoons of honey or corn syrup

- 2 tablespoons of rice wine or mirin

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

- 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds

For Accompaniments:

- Cold beer (maekju)

- Pickled radishes (danmuji) or other pickled vegetables

- Optional: French fries or potato wedges


1. Prepare the chicken: Rinse the chicken pieces under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel.

2. Mix the coating: In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

3. Coat the chicken: Dip each chicken piece into the flour mixture, ensuring that it is fully coated. Shake off any excess flour.

4. Heat the oil: In a large pot or deep-fryer, heat vegetable oil to approximately 180°C (350°F). Make sure there is enough oil to submerge the chicken pieces.

5. Fry the chicken: Carefully lower the chicken pieces into the hot oil, one at a time. Be cautious to avoid overcrowding the pot, as it may lower the temperature of the oil. Fry the chicken in batches for about 10-12 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked and the internal temperature reaches 75°C (165°F).

6. Drain excess oil: Remove the fried chicken pieces from the oil using a slotted spoon or tongs. Place them on a wire rack or paper towels to drain excess oil.

7. Prepare the seasoning sauce: In a separate bowl, combine the gochujang, soy sauce, honey or corn syrup, rice wine or mirin, minced garlic, sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds. Mix well to create a smooth and flavorful sauce.

8. Coat the chicken in the sauce: Place the fried chicken pieces in a large mixing bowl. Pour the seasoning sauce over the chicken and toss them gently until they are coated evenly.

9. Serve the Chimaek: Arrange the seasoned fried chicken on a serving platter. Serve it alongside cold beer and pickled radishes or other pickled vegetables. Optionally, you can also serve it with French fries or potato wedges.

10. Enjoy: Grab a piece of chicken, take a sip of beer, and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors!

Now you have a delightful Chimaek ready to enjoy. Indulge in this popular Korean pairing of fried chicken and beer for a satisfying meal or a fun gathering with friends!