Momofuku Fried Chicken: A Savory East-Meets-West Miracle

Fried chicken is an iconic dish, cherished and cooked around the world in countless variations. But Momofuku Fried Chicken takes it to a whole new, mouthwatering level. An East-meets-West culinary wonder, this recipe brings together the best of both worlds in a single bite.

What makes this fried chicken so special? It all starts with a unique buttermilk base, which soaks the chicken for a full day. This adds tons of flavor and tenderness, and prevents the chicken from drying out during frying. The result is crunchy and delicious, every single time.

Next, the chicken goes through a multi-stage breading process: first, a blend of flour, coated with a special eight-spice blend, which adds a bit of heat and sweetness. Then, cornstarch and cornmeal, which provides that signature crunch. The result is something that is at once creamy and crunchy and packs a flavorful wallop.


• 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
• 2 cups buttermilk
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• 2 teaspoons chili powder
• 2 teaspoons black pepper
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 2 tablespoons cornmeal
• Canola oil, for frying


1. Place the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag with the buttermilk and garlic powder. Seal the bag, massage the chicken to make sure it’s completely covered in the buttermilk, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the smoked paprika, oregano, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and salt. Set aside.

3. In another medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, and cornmeal.

4. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and pat dry. Place the chicken in the bowl with the flour mixture, toss to coat each piece evenly.

5. Add the chicken to the bowl with the spice mixture and toss to coat evenly.

6. Heat 2-3 inches of canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the coated chicken pieces, 3-4 at a time. Fry for 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

7. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Momofuku Fried Chicken is a must-try recipe for anyone looking to elevate the classic fried chicken recipe. With unique ingredients and a unique cooking method, this dish is sure to be a hit at your next gathering! It’s sure to burst with flavor and will leave your guests perplexed and wanting more. Enjoy!