Crispy Korean-Style ‘Chicken’ Wings

These wings are SO crispy and delicious! Seriously, we love them. You can eat them as they come or you could push the boat out and serve them in a sandwich with a little plant-based mayo, kimchi and lettuce with a side of fries. They’d also go well with a side of rice and a little salad. Whichever way you choose, we’re pretty sure you’ll love them as much as we do.

Extract credit to: BOSH! Meat: Over 100 Outrageously tasty recipes by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby (HQ, HarperCollins). RRP £22.00.
Food photography: Lizzie Mayson

Gluten free
Wheat free
Quick meal

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Preparation time

10 min

Cook time

10 min

Total time



  • mains
  • lunches
  • sides-light-meals-and-salads




For the sticky marinade

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 150g/½ cup gochujang (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 120ml/½ cup toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce (use tamari if gluten-free)
  • 4 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper

For the ‘chicken’

  • 2 x 280g/10 oz blocks extra-firm tofu
  • 6 tbsp cornflour (use gluten-free if needed)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for shallow frying

For the garnish

  • 1 fresh chilli or a pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 spring onion
  • A few toasted sesame seeds, for sprinkling


Make the marinade

  1. Peel the garlic and ginger and grate with a fine grater or microplane.
  2. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and either blitz in a blender or combine in a bowl and stir into a nice smooth paste.

Prepare the ‘chicken’

  1. Press the tofu to remove excess liquid.
  2. Tear the tofu into rough chunks about 3 x 2cm.
  3. Add the tofu to a mixing bowl along with half the marinade and fold to coat.
  4. Sprinkle the cornflour, salt and pepper into the bowl and fold to coat and combine, making sure the tofu is really well covered.

Cook the ‘chicken’

  1. Pour 1cm of oil into a frying pan and heat over a medium high heat until the oil bubbles around the end of a wooden spoon that’s held in the oil.
  2. Carefully lower the tofu chunks into the hot oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy, turning them regularly to ensure a really even cook.
  3. Remove carefully and drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper.

Finish the dish

  1. Put the remaining marinade into a saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook until thick and shiny.
  2. Add the cooked tofu to the sauce and quickly fold it through to ensure a good coverage.
  3. Spoon the tofu into a serving bowl.
  4. Trim and thinly slice the spring onion for the garnish and finely chop the chilli (if using fresh chilli).
  5. Garnish the tofu with the chilli or chilli flakes, spring onion and toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately with some cold beers!

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