Shake Shack Launches Its Take on Korean Fried Chicken

Plus, limited-edition fries and a shake inspired by the South Korean food scene.

January 05, 2021

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Shake Shack

Photo courtesy of Shake Shack

The new chicken sandwich launches are coming fast and furious. The latest fast-food chain to get in on the action? Shake Shack.

The ever-expanding purveyor of burgers, fries, hotdogs and milkshakes just announced it’s adding a new chicken sandwich to U.S. menus. And true to form, the Danny Meyer-founded chain is putting its own carefully considered twist on a classic with its new Korean-inspired chicken sandwich.

The Korean-Style Fried Chick’n Sandwich will be offered for a limited time as part of a broader array of Seoul-food Shake Shack menu items.

“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,” Shake Shack trumpeted in an announcement.

Sounds pretty tasty. And about that white kimchi slaw? It results from a collaboration with family-run Portland, Oregon, kimchi company Choi’s Kimchi Co., which provides a key ingredient: a tangy white kimchi. Choi’s version of the fermented vegetable staple is made with Napa cabbage, daikon radish and green onion and is “handcrafted using a small-batch process that’s been handed down over generations,” according to Shake Shack.

The chicken used in the sandwich, as well as in another new menu item, Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites, is fresh, antibiotic-free white breast meat that has been slow-cooked sous vide “in a creamy buttermilk marinade” and then “dredged and breaded by hand and crisp-fried to order.”

Shake Shack’s new Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites are served with spicy-sweet gochujang mayo sauce, as are its limited-time-only crinkle-cut Korean Gochujang Fries. Gochujang — the flavorful paste made from red chili peppers, sticky rice, fermented soybeans and salt — is, of course, another staple in Korean cooking.

Shake Shack is capping off its Korean-inspired menu with a “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.” The eggs used in the custard are cage-free. And the dark molasses-y black sugar in the shake is real … just like the rumble we’re probably all getting in our bellies just thinking about it.

Related Content:

Next Up

McDonald’s New Purple Grimace Shake Tastes Like Sweet Berry Cereal Milk

We may never know what Grimace is, but now we know what his namesake shake tastes like.

What Are Shake Shack’s Breakfast Hours?

The famous burger chain serves breakfast only at a few of its locations.

This T-Shirt Gets You Free Breakfast at Denny’s for a Whole Year

The diner chain’s Everyday Value Tee is 'a $2,186 value for only $5.99' — truly an eggcellent deal.

This Year’s Starbucks Holiday Cups Give Cozy Christmas Sweater Vibes

Fans can expect to fill their cups with returning holiday favorite drinks.

21 Food Freebies Veterans and Active-Duty Military Can Claim This Veterans Day

These chains are offering free meals to say thanks on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

Man Snaps Record for Eating at Most Michelin-Starred Restaurants in a Day

Eric Finkelstein fine-dined his way through 18 celebrated eateries, and the logistics are pretty impressive.

Boston Market Launches a New Kind of Chicken Nugget

Its signature rotisserie chicken is going bite-sized.

Chipotle Is Testing a New Spicy Protein Option, Chicken Al Pastor

The menu item will be available at 94 restaurant locations.

Finally, the Never Ending Pasta Bowl Returns to Olive Garden After a Two-year Hiatus

For $13.99, you can mix and match pasta and sauces to your heart’s desire.

What's New