Vegan Spicy Korean Hot Wings (Non-fried)

Easy and delicious hot wings that are coated with hugely addictive homemade Korean sweet and spicy sauce you can make at home!

These Spicy Korean hot wings are perfect for any occasion and I’m sure you will fall in love with them instantly.

There are a few different types of Korean fried chicken available on the market, but the spicy Korean Fried Chicken a.k.a Yangnyeom Chicken 양념치킨 (yang-nyeom-chi-kin) is my favourite of all time. The combination of the sweetness and spiciness of the chicken is super delicious and addictive!

Yangnyeom chicken is Korean fried chicken that’s coated with spicy, gochujang based sauce, called yangnyeom sauce, which means “seasoned or sauced chicken.” It’s very common to serve this with beers in Korea. This pairing is called “chimaek” in Korea, which is a combination of the word “chikin” (meaning fried chicken) and “maekju” (meaning beer).

When I’m on a vegan diet, I just can’t get my eyes off Yangnyeom Chicken when I passed through Korean restaurants. I’ve been thinking about how I can enjoy these Yangnyeom chicken while being vegan, and it took me quite some time to create it. Classic Yangnyeom chicken use fried chicken, but I want to make this recipe healthier so instead of fried chicken, I use pan-fried chicken.

This recipe only required a few simple steps to make vegan chicken and toss them in my secret Korean sweet and spicy sauce. That’s all!

Vital wheat gluten: Also known as “wheat protein” and “wheat gluten”. Vital wheat gluten is the main ingredient in seitan, which is a much-loved meat substitute for plant-based eaters. It is high in protein, an excellent source of minerals, low in carbs and fat, and easy to cook with. You can find vital wheat gluten in the baking section at most grocery stores or health stores.

Nutritional yeast: Also known as “nooch”, is a species of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is sold as thin flakes, granules, or powder. You can find it in the spice section at most grocery stores or health food stores. It has a pale-yellow colour and may come packaged in a bag, shaker, or plastic container. This ingredient fits nearly any diet or eating style. It’s naturally low in sodium and calories, and it’s fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Nutritional yeast is a great source of plant-based protein, B vitamins, and trace minerals.



  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup wholemeal flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder


  • 5 cups vegetable broth, or use vegetable stock cubes


  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • ½ cup brown sugar syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the ingredients for the dough and form a ball.
  2. Transfer to a clean surface and knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is elastic. It can be lumpy, that’s okay.
  3. Form into nugget shapes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes while preparing the broth.
  4. Gently put the seitan nuggets into the broth (the broth must fully cover the nuggets). Cover and simmer for half an hour.
  5. Remove from the pot and let it cool down.
  6. Grease a large pan over medium heat and add the hot wings. Cook till both sides turned golden brown.
  7. Combine all ingredients for the sauce and toss wings into the sauce. Serve warm.

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