Our take on the classic was such a hit in Seoul, we had to bring it stateside for you to try: Korean-Style Fried Chick’n and Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites + Fries have finally landed in all our U.S. Shacks! Inspired by our teams’ work and travels in South Korea and the incredible food scene there, this limited-time chicken sandwich features a spicy-sweet gochujang-glazed crispy chicken breast over our white kimchi slaw and toasted sesame seeds.
To make our slaw, we teamed up with Choi’s Kimchi Co., a family-run kimchi biz from Portland, Oregon, to use their tangy white kimchi. Kimchi is a seriously tasty staple of Korean cuisine made from salted, seasoned, and fermented veggies (ours includes Napa cabbage, daikon radish, and green onion)—and Choi’s is handcrafted using a small-batch process that’s been handed down over generations.
At Shake Shack all our chicken is real, antibiotic-free white meat breast that’s always fresh—never frozen. And what makes our chicken so juicy? Here’s the secret straight from our culinary team: it’s slow-cooked sous vide (a fine dining technique that prevents overcooking) in a creamy buttermilk marinade. After that, it’s dredged and breaded by hand and crisp-fried to order every single time.
For a limited time we’re also cookin’ up an entire Korean-inspired menu…
Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites
Crispy, whole white meat chicken bites served with spicy-sweet gochujang mayo sauce
Korean Gochujang Fries
Crispy crinkle cut fries served with spicy-sweet gochujang mayo sauce
Gochujang 101: It’s another flavor-packed, go-to ingredient in Korean cooking, made with red chili peppers, sticky rice, fermented soybeans, and salt. The result? A red fermented paste that’s kinda spicy, kinda sweet, packed with umami flavor, and used as an anchor in all kinds of stews, marinades, sauces, and more.
After all that savory, we had to save something sweet for last: our new hand-spun Black Sugar Vanilla Shake, featuring caramel-y, toasty black sugar mixed with vanilla frozen custard, then topped with whipped cream and black sugar syrup.
What’s black sugar? It’s a dark-colored sugar (think molasses) with a rich caramel, smoky flavor. We spin it by hand with real sugar—none of that high-fructose corn syrup stuff—and use custard that’s made only with cage-free eggs.