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Seoul Hot Chicken is a pop-up, Korean fried gluten-free chicken stand at Findlay Market. It opens at 11 a.m. Friday thru Sunday and runs until they sell out of chicken. The culinary mind behind the operation is Pedro Rangel, a former Boca chef. / Image: Leah Zipperstein, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 10.25.17

A Former Boca Chef Recently Opened A Gluten-Free, Fried Chicken Stand

Chicken is chicken is chicken. Except for when it’s more than just chicken. I mean, there’s rotisserie chicken, chicken salad, chicken tikka masala. There’s stir-fried chicken, chicken quesadillas, and poached chicken. You get the point. There’s a lot of ways to cook chicken. And we’re about to introduce you to another method: Korean-fried, gluten-free chicken. Betcha didn’t see that coming? Me neither. But it’s here (in Cincinnati), and it's consistently selling out because it's so good.

Where can you find this Korean-fried, gluten-free chicken?

A pop-up stand in Findlay Market called Seoul Hot Chicken, that’s where! It's open Friday through Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.

Who’s the culinary mind behind this new magical chicken?

Pedro Rangel, a former Boca chef who has also worked at well-known restaurants like Tru in Chicago and Uchi in Austin. He studied under Douglas Rodriguez, who's considered the godfather of Nuevo Latino cuisine.

Are there any other cool people involved?

Why, yes. Yes, there are. Brothers Chris and Joey Jenco of Jenco Brothers Candy, Phill Pratt, and Rick Ross are all part of the operation.

I haven’t heard of this place… how can that be?

It opened on September 15, so it’s new. Give yourself a break.

Do they serve more than chicken?

Yup, they sure do. You can grab a side dish a la carte or with your chicken selection. They offer cucumber slaw, bow tie pasta salad, baked beans, and roasted zucchini.

But wait, how do they make it gluten-free?

“Traditional southern fried chicken goes through dredge and is coated with flour,” explained Chris Jenco. “Our chicken is seasoned with a gluten-free flour, battered, and fried once — then battered and fried again to order. It’s more like a tempura fry done twice than a greasy, traditional fried chicken crust. We then brush on just enough of the sauce to give it more flavor, but not enough to saturate the crust.”

You said they sell out, but I really want some chicken. What’s the deal?

Yes, they often sell out. The wings are usually the first to go, by 2 p.m., with the legs not far behind. The stand opens at 11 a.m. This coming weekend they intend to prep enough chicken to make it to dinner time.

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If you wanna see what Seoul Hot Chicken is all about, scroll up to visit the photo gallery and then head to the pop-up stand to try it out for yourself.

The chicken stand is located at Findlay Market. They also offer catering options that can be picked up at the market.

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