Vegan Sticky Spicy Popcorn Chicken (Korean-Style)

This dish is inspired by my favourite way to eat Korean rice cakes – Tteokkochi! Crispy, chewy Korean rice cakes on a stick, covered in a sticky spicy gochujang sauce! There is so much texture and big flavours happening in this dish. If you can’t find popcorn chicken, make my version of this recipe with tofu!

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Vegan Sticky Spicy Popcorn Chicken (Korean-Style)

Vegan Sticky Spicy Popcorn Chicken (Korean-Style)

A delicious dish full of crispy, sticky textures inspired by Korean Rice Cake Skewers, Tteokkochi!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Dinner, Korean, Street Food


Korean Tteokkochi Sauce

  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp gochujang (Korean red pepper paste – use 1/2 for less spicy)
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • 200 g vegan popcorn chicken (I prefer Vegan Fried Chick'n brand)
  • 400 g Korean Rice Cakes
  • neutral oil, for frying


  • Mix ketchup and gochujang together first to form a smooth paste then add all the other ingredients.
  • If your rice cakes aren't fresh, you'll need to cook them for a few minutes in a saucepan of boiling water until just soft. Refrigerated rice cakes should only take about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside for 5 minutes to 'dry' slightly.
  • Cook your popcorn chicken for 8-10 minutes in the air-fryer and set aside.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a non-stick frypan and place your rice cakes in one by one so they don't stick together. Fry until lightly brown and crispy.
  • Add the popcorn chicken and the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately!
Keyword Korean Food, Korean Street Food, Rice Cakes, Tteokkochi, Vegan Food, Vegan Korean Food
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